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Engineer - Group Leader Vacuum Systems

Job ID 2223 Date posted 06/10/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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.

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

The Vacuum Systems Group Leader coordinates and directs the work of mechanical engineers, electrical/vacuum controls engineers, designers, and technicians developing, designing, procuring, testing, and installing vacuum system components for the EIC.  This includes vacuum systems for the electron LINAC(s), electron accelerator ring, the electron storage ring, modifications needed for the EIC Hadron ring(s), the associated transport beam lines, and new and modified vacuum support systems for cryogenic insulating vacuum.  Directly supervises the EIC vacuum engineering and technical staff and manages EIC engineering, design, and technician services provided by supporting groups through Memorandums of Understanding.  Lead role with other high level staff in maintaining EIC vacuum engineering, ultra-high vacuum cleanliness and safety standards, supports the EIC configuration integration program, project controls management, project and staffing priorities, design and safety reviews, quality assurance, procurement documentation, and final design documentation including engineering calculations. 

This position will be the cost account manager for EIC vacuum systems and will collaborate with the EIC project management team, documenting and developing plans, schedules, and cost, tracking and managing execution, and monitoring and reacting to project risks, and scope adjustments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish the team that will provide the vacuum system support for the EIC project.  Lead, coordinate, and supervise the team to deliver EIC accelerator vacuum systems and components from initial concept through engineering analysis, detailed 3D modeling, design, system mechanical and vacuum controls integration, design and safety reviews, purchase documentation and fabrication drawings, fabrication, assembly, testing, installation, and commissioning. 
  • Collaborate with Accelerator Physicists and EIC System Managers to develop, document, and maintain definitions, design standards, preparation and quality standards for all in vacuum accelerator system components.  You or your team designate(s) shall participate in design reviews, support and oversee vacuum system component preparation, assembly, and installation in order to maintain standards. 
  • Manage and oversee all EIC vacuum system and component projects and develop project plans including defining and documenting scope, required labor and material resources, schedules, procurement plans.  Establish milestones and maintain a current detailed schedule.  Track and report on these projects through to completion.
  • Identify areas where vacuum research and development is required.  Prepare an R&D plan and execute the R&D project after review and approval.
  • Manage configuration control activities.  Perform cost and schedule evaluations as needed throughout the project to determine and maintain Estimates to Complete.  Plan, execute, and track all system procurements.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a minimum fifteen (15) years of experience on creative engineering projects collaborating with a team to develop and build unique scientific equipment.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience with an engineering and/or technical staff.
  • Experience with particle accelerator systems and ultra-high vacuum systems and components. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate/interact with and report to senior management and scientific staff for assignments, guidance, and support.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively interact and support contractors, vendors, project management and procurement professionals.
  • Excellent written and oral skills and proficient with MS Office, MS Excel, MS Power Point, and MS Project. 
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and presenting at engineering design and safety reviews, and at cost and schedule reviews.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or Management.
  • Professional Engineering license and/or A Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, or other closely related field.
  • Project management experience, formal project management training, and certification.
  • Knowledge of and experience with UHV vacuum practices, vacuum pumping systems, instrumentation and control systems, welding, mechanical design, molecular flow calculations, and heat transfer.

Other Information:

  • May be required to climb ladders and/or work in confined spaces.
  • Will be required to become a qualified Radiation Worker and may be required to work in Radiation areas.

At Brookhaven Lab, we believe comprehensive employee benefits are a meaningful part of employee compensation. Our benefits program includes:

  • Medical Plans
  • Vacations
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401 (k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • On site swimming pool, weight room, tennis courts, and other employee benefits


We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

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.

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