Process Engineer

Process Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific 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 scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position Overview

The Process Engineer will support FRIB Experimental Systems Division in installation, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance of the Target Facility Non-Conventional Utilities. 

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Supervision of Non-Conventional Utility system fabrication and installation
  • Perform commissioning of Non-Conventional Utility and piping systems, associated chemical systems and infrastructure
  • Follow detailed P&ID, routers, procedures, work instructions to prepare and process components for installation
  • Research & design of Non-Conventional Utilities infrastructure
  • Perform required engineering calculations and analyze data
  • Maintain infrastructure and equipment
  • Locate vendors and requisitioning parts, components and systems
  • Train and supervise technicians in operational & maintenance  procedures
  • Monitor quality of the systems to meet the FRIB performance goals as well as in the pursuit of upgrade goals
  • Improve operational technology for reliable operation to minimize downtime
  • Maintain certification and calibration of equipment and implement improvements for system robustness
  • Archive documentation, draft and complete forms, extract reports, analyze P&ID documentation, write technical notes
  • Interfaces with FRIB and MSU ES&H organizations to assist them in producing safety analysis and environmental compliance documentation
  • Operate and maintain the Target Facility Non-Conventional Utilities after completion of commissioning
  • Interface with and support the Target Facility Conventional Facilities Operation.



  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Physics or related field; up to two (2) years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in engineering or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive experience with process development and processing techniques; P&ID’s, process equipment (pumps, heat exchangers, valves, etc.) and process instrumentation
  • Excellent communication skills and documentation skills
  • Proficient in CAD


  • A PhD in Physics or Engineering


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

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit, search for posting number 491038 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 $730 million. 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 United States 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 460,000 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.