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Accelerator Operator

Job ID 3081 Date posted 03/21/2022

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Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) has an opening for an Accelerator Operator to participate in the operation and troubleshooting of the suite of particle accelerators that make up the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory, as part of the Main Control Room Group. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Diagnose and correct suboptimal accelerator performance
  • Operate and maintain accelerators in accordance with the C-AD Conduct of Operations 
  • Complete technical and research projects for C-AD
  • Collaborate with Accelerator Physicists to advance accelerator research and development
  • Act as liaison to staff and users to maintain communication regarding accelerator performance
  • Respond to emergency situations, alarms, or occurrences based on standard operating procedures
  • Identify hazards, environmental concerns and unsafe conditions or practices and implement or suggest controls to minimize risks

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics or related fields
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a "fast-paced" environment
  • Ability to work shifts and irregular hours
  • Valid Driver license and the ability to drive a laboratory vehicle

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A concentration or coursework in Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Classical Mechanics, Accelerator Physics, High Energy Physics, and Astronomy
  • Experience in high power pulsed power supplies, digital electronics, computer controls and programming, as well as laboratory test and measurement techniques
  • Relevant work experience in a laboratory setting

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to climb heights above six feet using a ladder
  • Physical coordination and balance
  • Arm, hand dexterity
  • Good vision depth, distance and color
  • Ability to hear alarms
  • Skipped or irregular meals
  • Alertness or vigilance
  • Moderate lifting up to 30lbs

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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