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Lead Cryogenics Process Engineer

Job ID 3522 Date posted 12/07/2022

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

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

Within the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Accelerator Division Cryogenic Engineering Group has openings for experienced cryogenic process plant engineers.  In this senior-level role the engineer will lead the design, procurement, installation, and operation of cryogenic systems and equipment for cooling superconducting devices.  Daily work scope will also include coordinating the daily operations of the RHIC cryogenic plant through maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of deployed equipment. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing individual engineering projects and developing project plans including schedules, needed resources, and budgets
  • Work independently as well as collaborate with the  engineering and scientific staff to plan and coordinate the work of the cryogenics engineering group
  • Do overall system level engineering, define equipment requirements, prepare equipment purchase specifications and drawing packages, following lab safety standards and national safety and equipment codes
  • Mentor and coordinate the work of early career engineers during the engineering and design of cryogenic components, and lead teams in developing designs of cryogenic components inside cryostats, of vacuum jacketed cryogenic piping system and warm piping systems between equipment and piping supports
  • Collaborate with technical staff on the mechanical interfaces and cryogenic requirements during the design of Superconducting RF cavity and superconducting magnet cryomodules
  • Develop purchase specifications, interface and follow up with vendor/fabricator during vendor manufacturing, travel for design meetings and witness tests
  • Present the engineering and design in design reviews with technical staff
  • Coordination of a variety of technical staff for fabrication, assembly, testing and installation of equipment in the C-AD shops and facilities
  • Review and supervise junior engineers in writing work planning procedures, hazard analyses, safety reviews, supervise technicians during assembly, installation, and commissioning of equipment

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the engineering and or operations of cryogenic system, helium plant or other plant process equipment and component systems
  • Process experience in cryogenic plants or with other refrigeration cycles is greatly desired
  • Familiarity with ASME BPVC VIII and ASME B31.3 Piping Code, and CGA standards
  • Experience with plant/system process simulation and use of cryogenic thermodynamic and transport properties database such as HePak, Gaspak, Refprop, Aspen HYSYS or other plant process simulation software
  • Clear and concise written and oral skills to include presentations
  • Proficient with MS Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams, Project
  • Ability to positively interact and support contractors, vendors, and procurement professionals

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A graduate degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or a closely related field
  • Familiarity with NFPA and OSHA requirements
  • Familiarity with ASME/ASCE standards, building codes, NFPA and OSHA requirements
  • Project management certification and experience working within the DOE 413.3-B project management framework 
  • Professional Engineering license

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Individual may be required to climb ladders and/or work in Confined Spaces
  • Individual may be required to work in Oxygen Deficiency Hazard area
  • Individual may be required to work in High Noise environment
  • Individual may be required to work in Static Magnetic fields area greater than 5 Gauss
  • Individual will be required to become a qualified Radiation Worker and may be required to work in Radiation areas
  • Individual may be required to occasionally work off-hours, nights or weekends to support mission critical projects

Other Information:

  • Individual may be required to travel to attend vendor meetings, project reviews, and conferences, and training
  • This is an on-site role.  Flexible work arrangements may be considered as production schedules allow with advance Supv approval
  • Appointment level will be commensurate with qualifications 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, Ping Pong, Softball, 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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