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Mechanical Engineer

Job ID JR101149 Date posted 05/14/2024

At BNL, the Energy & Photon Sciences (EPS) Directorate is working to solve grand challenges that will create solutions and security for the nation’s energy system. Advances in basic science are the underpinning of transformational discoveries that rely on Brookhaven’s data-driven research, cutting-edge synchrotron science, and leadership in energy science through real-time study of applicable energy materials in working conditions. As part of the capabilities and science focus of the EPS, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is a state-of-the-art medium energy 3 GeV (3-billion-electron-volt) electron storage ring. The facility offers scientific and industrial researchers an array of instruments (beamlines) using x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light to enable discoveries in clean and affordable energy, high-temperature superconductivity, molecular electronics, and more.


The Physical Science and Research Operations Division (PSROD) of the NSLS-II currently has a full-time opportunity for a Beamline Mechanical Engineer. The selected candidate will lead and manage engineering and development of assigned engineering tasks through modeling, analysis, creating specifications, arranging fabrication, and procurement with participation in assembly, tests, installation, and commissioning. 

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Close interactions with beamlines scientific and technical staff to design and build synchrotron beamlines, their components, and associated scientific instrumentation to support research projects and the respective endstations.  
• The core responsibilities include detailed specification, design, analysis, arranging fabrication/ procurement, testing, installation, and commissioning of x-ray beamlines components and endstations instrumentation. 
• Prepare engineering calculations, inspection/reports, and QA documents. 
• Provide technical guidance and supervision to project designers and technicians.
• Assist Project Management teams in developing project plans, presentations, budget estimates, and work schedules.
• Provide technical input in internal and external design reviews. 
• Develop bid documents, evaluate bid proposals, and make contract award recommendations.
• Maintain and implement safety practices and procedures applicable to daily activities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or related discipline and at least 3 years of related experience.
• Substantial knowledge in mechanical design of complex instrumentation, analysis (including FEA), materials, and advanced manufacturing processes.
• Working-level knowledge and experience with 3D CAD modeling software 
• Manual dexterity and experience with hands-on work for both assembly and disassembly of delicate equipment.
• Ability to interpret and work from procedures, drawings, user manuals, and verbal instructions.
• Ability to develop complete, accurate, and detailed work packages, specifications, drawings, and other engineering documents. Experience with ordering and tracking materials as well as developing BOMs.
• Effective interpersonal, oral, and communication skills. The ability to work effectively with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and technical staff.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Some travel may be required

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• A master’s degree in mechanical engineering or related discipline and 7+ years of experience
• Good understanding of standard production techniques and approaches including machining tolerances, welding and brazing practices, EDM (electrical discharge machining), laser and waterjet cutting.
• Working knowledge and experience in thermal, and structural analysis using ANSYS and 3D modeling with Inventor. 
• Working knowledge of (high/ultra-high) vacuum, cryogenic, and precision motion equipment. 
• Experience with troubleshooting and maintenance of complex technical equipment.
• Experience working at a synchrotron facility.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

• Lifting, moderate weight: 15-30 lbs
• Physical coordination and balance
• Arm/hand dexterity
• Vision, good near and normal color
• Continuous walking/standing/office work

Other Information:

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. This is a multi-level role and the full salary range for this position is $94250 - $155700 / year. You will be placed at the level and salary commensurate with your experience.  Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Brookhaven Science Associates 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. BSA 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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