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Electrical Engineer for Superconducting Magnets and Quench

Job ID 3452 Date posted 10/20/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of electrons, the other a beam of protons or heavier atomic nuclei which are steered into collisions.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.

Position Description

We seek an Electrical Engineer to join our Power Supply Systems group.  In this role, you will work with team members developing, designing, procuring, testing, and installing superconducting magnet quench detection and quench protection devices for the EIC.  In addition, you will be part of a team modifying superconducting magnet connections, voltage taps and cryogenic feedthroughs as well as installing new superconducting magnets. These superconducting magnet systems control the path of the beams for the EIC accelerator systems.  You will assist in developing specifications, documenting, and developing plans, schedules, and cost, tracking, and managing execution, and monitoring and reacting to project risks and scope adjustments.  We seek candidates with a background in superconducting magnets, quench protection and power electronics and who enjoy working in a collaborative, team environment.

Join BNL at the beginning of this ground-breaking scientific and engineering project and become part of the team building this scientific discovery machine ( 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Superconducting Magnet & Power Supply Systems staff, accelerator physicists, and system managers and engineers to develop, define, and document detailed requirements and specifications for superconducting magnet quench detection and quench protection systems
  • Collaborate with other engineers and technicians to deliver superconducting magnet quench detection and quench protection systems and components. Participate in various project phases including, initial concept, engineering analysis, detailed design, integration, fabrication procurement assembly, testing, installation, and commissioning. 
  • Work as part of a team in all magnet quench detection/quench protection/power supply system projects.  Assist in developing project plans defining and documenting scope, required labor and material resources, schedules, and procurement plans. 
  • Ensure that magnet quench detection/quench protection/power supply systems and components have well defined specifications for support systems: electrical power, water cooling, HVAC, compressed air, and controls, and that these are communicated with the responsible support groups.
  • Support superconducting magnet power supply operation including training operation staff, develop operation procedures, trouble shooting and resolve technical issues.
  • Maintain an environment conducive to openness, collaboration, and respect for all.

(Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills, and experience.)

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • At least three (3) years of relevant technical experience that demonstrates an understanding of superconducting magnet quench detection and quench protection experience. Background must include design, development, and testingexperience on creative engineering projects
  • Familiarity with electronic test equipment including function generators, oscilloscopes, and multimeters
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaborate/interact with other engineering and scientific staff for assignment, and guidance. Support contractors, vendors, project management and procurement professionals
  • Experience organizing and presenting technical status reports, utilizing MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience designing, building, and operating large scale low temperature superconducting magnet power supplies/quench detection/quench protection and support systems
  • Ability to design quench protection schemes and analysis to ensure the safety of the magnet operation
  • Experience working with and modifying superconducting magnet string drawings, superconducting magnet voltage taps, superconducting bus work voltage taps, and gas cooled lead voltage taps
  • Designing, purchasing and installation of cryogenic feedthroughs. Experience with superconducting magnet and superconducting buswork joints
  • Knowledge of Visual Basic, Matlab, Mathcad, Python, C, C++ and/or LabView in a lab environment
  • Experience with technical software: PSpice, PSIM, Micro-Cap or other circuit analysis tools

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Will be required to climb ladders to varied heights
  • May be required to become a qualified Radiation Worker
  • May be required to occasionally work off-hours, nights and/or weekends to support mission critical projects

Other Information:

  • Some travel may be required
  • Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills, and experience

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, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

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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