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This position will assist the Associate Director for Operations to support the ongoing mechanical construction, installation, and operation of major improvements and scientific equipment in the lab.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Support the oversight of the design, fabrication, and installation of major improvements to the NSCL infrastructure carried out by the Operations Department;
  • Monitor the progress of major projects by maintaining formal project plans, report deficiencies in scope, schedule or adherence to specifications to the Associate Director;
  • Facilitate the use of beamlines and various scientific equipment for the approved scientific program.

Position Duties

Team Member

  • Execute work to meet milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope and schedule)
  • Execute work according to approved work control plans
  • Stop work when discrepant conditions are encountered and inform line management
  • Perform work with quality and in a safe manner

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  • Produce quality work under limited line manager supervision and report on findings
  • Accomplish the requirements of multiple team members simultaneously and with exemplary quality while under pressure
  • Perform multiple assignments and deliver quality analysis under time constrained deadlines
  • Assist in developing and implementing division/department policies and procedures
  • Interpret and assist in implementing new systems and project information
  • Develop project and/or systems work scope, cost, and schedule
  • Manage and prioritize resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems
  • Execute work to meet project objectives


  • The job requires a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physics; three to five years of progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in fabrication techniques, cryogenic systems, electronics, mechanical and electronic drafting and computer systems; and may require experience in the use of CAD and/or related engineering systems, including file transfer; experience in the use of exotic metals, including knowledge of their properties, in the fabrication and assembly of sophisticated research equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • A Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics or nuclear chemistry Experience with cryogenic systems
  • Experience with modern experimental nuclear science as carried out at accelerator facilities
  • Experience with modern mechanical design tools such as SolidWorks
  • Self-motivated and able to work well within a team and remain engaged with the scientific community
  • Excellent communication, planning, and organizational skills

Work Direction and Interfaces

  • Reports to Associate Director for Operations
  • Interfaces with team members, project leaders, subject matter experts and suppliers

To apply

Please visit http://careers.msu.edu, search for posting number 515068 and follow the application process.