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Laser Engineer

Job ID 1132 Date posted 10/04/2017

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to develop, improve and operate the suite of particle / heavy ion accelerators used to carry out the program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); to support the experimental program including design, construction and operation of the beam transports to the experiments, plus support of detector and research needs of the experiments; to design and construct new accelerator facilities in support of the BNL and national missions. The C-A Department supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The department performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

The Collider-Accelerator Department has an opening for a Laser System Specialist in the Instrumentation Systems Group to participate in laser development and lasers used for the operation of high power and high frequency electron photo-cathode systems.  Ground breaking and unique class III and class IV lasers are operating and being further developed for electron sources used in operation of the Electron Cooling Project, the Coherent Electron Cooling Proof-of-Principle Experiment, and in laser development for a future electron ion collider.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate grade level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills he or she brings to the position, as well as the amount of relevant experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for reliable operation of high power laser systems.  This work includes planning, coordinating and performing optical and electrical engineering work in support of laser projects.
  • Work as primary point of contact for performing tasks associated with smooth and safe operation of laser systems used in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collier (RHIC) and future Electron Ion Collider (EIC) programs.
  • Responsibility for development, test and operation of laser controls, interlocks and diagnostic tools for accelerator operations and beam experiments.
  • Responsibility for documentation of specifications and procedures related to laser operations.
  • Construction, test and development of new high-power fiber laser components and systems.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, optical engineering or electrical engineering.
  • Knowledge of electronic circuits and system test instruments.
  • Able to support laser development during all phases of construction, testing, repair and upgrade of existing equipment
  • Able to support laser operation in support of the C-AD physics programs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for interaction with a diverse group of scientists, engineers and technical staff.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 3 years relevant experience in a filed involving lasers, laser diagnostics, optics, optical physics, or geometrical and diffractive optics.
  • Master’s degree (or higher) in physics, optical engineering, electrical engineering, or closely related field of study.
  • Experience in solid-state or fiber laser design, construction, or operation.
  • Experience in opto-mechanics, optical design, lens imaging, analytical modeling, and optical laboratory instrumentation
  • Experience in opto-electronics such as electro-optic and acousto-optic modulator for light control.
  • Experience in optics-related planning and technical projects.
  • Experience with laser lab development.
  • Experience with programming languages such as Matlab, MathCad, Python, C or Fortran.


  • Driver’s license required.
  •       Occasional travel.
  •       Must be available for emergency call-in with arrival within 30 minutes required.


  • Physical agility for field servicing and testing.

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 program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and 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 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.

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