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Magnet Design Engineer

Job ID 2655 Date posted 05/18/2021

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.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) 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.

From the time of the Brookhaven Summer Study in the summer of 1968 to the present day, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Magnet Division has developed advanced technology in support of science and US industry. Through our in-house expertise in superconducting magnet and cable research and development, including testing and modeling and design, our robust magnet engineering and design capabilities, complex, and state of the art magnet prototyping and testing, we work with our customers to provide customized solutions to applications involving magnets and superconductors.  We lead innovation in several areas, from direct wind interaction region magnets that provide the highest precision field quality at an affordable price in interaction regions around the world to partnerships with industry on superconducting magnet and cable testing that is enabling the future of green energy in fusion and wind turbine energy applications and many other areas. With our deep experience in magnet system development, we understand that no challenges are the same and we can engage with our customers across all stages of the development process, from concept, to design, to prototyping, testing and completion.

Position Description


The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) has an opening for a Magnet Design Engineer to design, specify, fabricate, and procure superconducting and normal conducting magnets and help design magnet system interfaces.  Applicants should be highly motivated to work in a cross-disciplinary environment on R&D and engineering activities related to magnet design and development. 


  • Lead magnet development projects in response to the needs of the accelerator ring system specifications and other beam lines in the Electron Ion Collider (EIC):
    • develop magnets and associated component systems from initial concept through computer aid analysis, detailed 3D modeling and design
    • support the development of purchase specifications and fabrication drawings, magnet fabrication, assembly, testing, installation, and commissioning. (Testing includes detailed magnetic measurement, analysis of results, design adjustments, and final approval for beam line installation 
    • Participate in other projects in the magnet division, such as the Magnet Development Program, various projects in the Fusion Energy Sciences space, and other projects that require the design of superconducting magnets.
    • Participate in the development and execution of funding proposals

(The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate professional level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills, as well as years of relevant experience.  Based upon the needs of the EIC project and successful proposals, there is an expectation to grow a magnet research and development team.)

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, or other relevant discipline
  • At least three to seven years of progressively responsible experience in the design of superconducting and conventional magnets
  • Experience in 2D and 3D superconducting accelerator magnet design using finite element simulations, e.g. Opera, COMSOL and ROXIE
  • Experience with creative engineering projects collaborating with a team to develop and build unique scientific equipment
  • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills.  Proficient with MS Office


  • Experience with 3D modeling using Creo, Solid Works, AutoCAD Inventor and/or CATIA
  • Programming experience in C, Phyton or MATLAB
  • Proficient in ANSYS or equivalent thermal and stress engineering analysis software and generating engineering analysis reports
  • Hands-on experience in working with HTS coils
  • Experience in one or more of the following:          
    • magnetic measurement systems and equipment
    • large scale magnet fabrication and installation
    • working with and developing instruments
    • quench detection technologies
    • quench analysis software
    • Labview programming
    • Project development and management skills
    • Experience managing and developing R&D teams
    • Proposal writing experience


  • Required to become a qualified Radiation Worker and may be required to work in Radiation areas.
  • Required to occasionally work off-hours, nights or weekends as needed to support mission critical projects.


  • Valid US drivers’ license required
  • Occasional travel for attending conferences and presenting research papers both nationally and internationally

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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