Cryomodule Controls Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Under construction on campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. 

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging national user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position Overview

FRIB is searching for a Cryogenic Controls Engineer to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will design, develop, document, deploy and support the FRIB EPICS/PLC based cryogenic control system, as well as required instrumentation and motor controls, supporting commissioning and operation.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Lead engineer responsible to meet the goals set by higher management
  • Develop the architecture of controls application
    • Lead the design, documentation, programming, and installation of EPICS/PLC based cryogenic control systems
  • Interface with operation and commissioning team to provide prompt support
  • Collaborate with EPICS/PLC community to keep FRIB control system up to date
    • Manage the preventive maintenance, repair and parts management for assigned equipment, keeping records of maintenance tasks and results
    • Determine ways to optimize logic or systems without making overly complex
    • Foresee any potential problem areas and notifies line manager
    • Continually strive to improve productivity, efficiency, quality, and uniformity



  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology, Physics, or a related field with at least five years of experience in designing and implementing PLC Controls
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Extensive experience in large-scale controls systems development and techniques
  • Good understanding of distributed control system software and hardware
  • Ability to work with export controlled items


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology, Physics or a related field
  • Experience in cryogenic system controls design, including PLC installations, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Experience with Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC’s, board level troubleshooting and AutoCad
  • Experience with the EPICS controls system


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go, search for posting number 2892 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing Community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730M. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree- filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. MSU has recently opened the $45 million Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and secured a win in the 2014 Rose Bowl (American football), both of which garnered national attention.

The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 350,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near perfect living environment.


MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.