Superconducting Magnet 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 the site of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) on the MSU 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 and NSCL will continue to 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.

Rare-isotope beams are produced and separated in-flight, presently at the NSCL Coupled Cyclotron Facility and in the future at FRIB, and subsequently thermalized and reaccelerated to energies up to 6 MeV/u, by the ReAccelerator facility ReA3, a worldwide unique, state-of-the-art accelerator for rare- isotope beams. An upgrade to higher energies (ReA6) is presently under construction. When FRIB comes online, it will supplant the Coupled Cyclotron Facility and provide the highest possible intensity rare isotope beams as input to the ReA facility.

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
This position requires the design, built, commission and operation large scale superconducting magnets for FRIB accelerator and instrumentation beam lines.
Major Position Responsibilities

  • Perform EM design superconducting dipole and quadrupole magnet system for fragment separator area and instrumentation beam line optics.
  • Design Quench protection scheme and analysis to ensure the safety of the magnet operation.
  • Participate in the mechanical design of the superconducting magnets
  • Develop technical specifications for superconducting magnet system and subcomponents for procurement and provide technical supervision of the procurement if needed which includes review vendor test results, non-conformance report and witness vendor factory tests.
  • Provide technical guidance and support for coil winding and superconducting magnet construction
  • Participate commissioning and mapping the magnet systems
  • Support superconducting magnet operation including training operation staff, develop operation procedures, trouble shooting and resolve technical issues.
  • Ensure system compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements
  • Establish and manage engineering standards and procedures, support the design review process, the value engineering program
  • Participate developing next generation accelerator magnet technology

Required Qualifications

·        Advanced degree with 3+ years of experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in superconducting magnets, accelerator system components, cryogenic system and distributed control system
  • Advanced degree in electrical or mechanical engineering (or related field) with demonstrated experience designing, building, and operating large scale low temperature superconducting magnets and support systems
  • Experience with FEA of EM analysis, 1-D or 2-D quench analysis codes and CAD


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 641555 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.
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.