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NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) Operator

Job ID 3349 Date posted 08/15/2022

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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

The Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) has an opening for a NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) Operator for the facility. The NSRL uses proton and heavy ion beams from the BNL Booster synchrotron to simulate the radiation environment of space. NASA conducts radiobiology experiments to learn about the effects of space radiation on astronauts. The space industry tests electronics for radiation tolerance. In this role you will be a liaison to users and main control room operators in the preparation and execution of experiments as well as maintain and monitor equipment operation and performance. Flexibility is necessary to do shift work, generally up to midnight with occasional overnight shifts, as well as dynamic schedules with changing circumstances and priorities. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Ion Source and Main Control Room Operators to prepare beam for experiments, tune and shape beam, archive, calibrate and deliver exposures
  • Work with experimenters to help set up and run equipment
  • Complete technical and research projects for NSRL
  • Collaborate with NSRL experimenters to advance research and development, communicating beam parameters
  • Operate and maintain the equipment used to monitor and control the beam
  • Communicate with MCR Operators and Ion Source Operators regarding accelerator performance
  • Respond to emergency situations, alarms, or occurrences based on standard operating procedures
  • Identify hazards, environmental concerns and unsafe conditions or practices and implement or suggest controls to minimize risks

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics or related field with demonstrated laboratory experience
  • Foundational knowledge in Electricity and Magnetism, Digital and Analogue Electronics, Lasers
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Computing proficiency to include Excel spreadsheets
  • Ability to work shifts and irregular hours
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in dosimetry, nuclear physics, particle and radiation physics
  • Experience in accelerator operations
  • Experience in detector development
  • Familiarity with Oscilloscopes, Ion Chambers, Photomultipliers, Lasers, Data Acquisition Systems

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to work well in a high stress environment
  • Ability to hear alarms
  • Good depth vision, distance and color
  • Alertness and vigilance
  • Moderate lifting up to 30 pounds

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 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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