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Mechanical Technician

Job ID 3602 Date posted 02/08/2023

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

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 3 GeV 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.

Position Description

The Photon Science Division of the NSLS-II, within BNL’s Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate, currently has a full-time opportunity for a Mechanical Technician. Under general technical supervision, the successful candidate will perform a wide variety of assignments in support of the scientific mission of the NSLS-II and its user program. Technical skills and techniques will be used to design, develop, fabricate, evaluate, test, operate, maintain or integrate equipment and systems that are in use at the NSLS-II experimental beamlines and laboratories.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assemble, install, commission, repair, maintain and upgrade a variety of beamline systems and experimental equipment. These components range in complexity from simple mechanical supports to complex optical, vacuum and cryo-cooling assemblies and includes equipment in support laboratories.
  •  Work in coordination with other technical support personnel on specific tasks or projects.
  • Assist beamline staff and users with setup and experiments, with emphasis on mounting, operating and dismounting experimental set-ups.
  • Supply any tooling or fixtures necessary for the operation of the beamline components and laboratory equipment, maintaining supply and equipment inventories.
  • Assist with system calibration, inspection, servicing, debugging, repairs, trips/faults or unplanned beamline system related events, keeping accurate records of all repairs, maintenance and fabrication activities.
  • Perform housekeeping, label, store and dispose of hazardous materials and excess equipment appropriately and stay current with all BNL required training.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • An Associate's degree in a technical field or equivalent relevant experience, or technical institute graduate with relevant field work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of machine shop practices. Manual dexterity and experience working with hand and power tools for both assembly and disassembly of equipment, as well as with fine work for experimental setup.
  • Ability to work from procedures, drawings, user manuals and verbal instructions.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of scientists and engineers.
  • Ability to use computers for work-related tasks.
  • Good organizational skills needed for organizing equipment, hardware, and documentation.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Experience in one or more of the following):

  • Complex assemblies of equipment using specialized tools.
  • Experience with using AutoCAD, Inventor, or similar software.
  • Knowledge of G codes and experience with CNC programing and setup.
  • Experience working with low/high pressure gas systems and vacuum systems.
  • Experience with cable termination, cable routing, and rack mount equipment installation.
  • Interacting with suppliers of laboratory hardware or infrastructure.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Lifting, moderate 15-30 lbs
  • Ability to hear alarms
  • Mental sharpness
  • Physical coordination and balance
  • Arm/hand dexterity
  • Vision - good near vision and normal color vision
  • Hear and understand speech
  • alertness


  • Candidate will be placed at the appropriate level commensurate with breadth and depth of experience.
  • Visa sponsorship for this position is not available

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 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.

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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