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Physics Associate Ion Source Operation and Development

Job ID 3260 Date posted 06/23/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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

The Collider-Accelerator Department has an opening for a Physics Associate IV – Ion Source Operation and Development in the Pre-injector Group. In this role you will apply foundational physics knowledge in support of the Optically Pumped Polarized Ion Source (OPPIS), the high intensity-proton source, and jet polarimeter which includes optimizing source tuning, equipment repairs and maintenance as well as system design and maintenance.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Apply physics knowledge to the operation and maintenance of the Optically Pumped Polarized Ion Source (OPPIS), high-intensity proton source and Jet Polarimeter
  • Assist scientific staff with operation, tuning, testing and improvements to ions sources. This includes assembly of source components and documentation in e-logs
  • Participate in development projects for ion source and other systems including research, design collaboration and testing

Position Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in physics or related engineering field
  • Ability to apply foundational physics knowledge to the design, troubleshooting and testing of systems
  • Operation of electronic test equipment
  • Ability to use hand tools for assembly and repair of mechanical components
  • Basic understanding of electronic circuits and schematics

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting complex electronic, electrical, and mechanical systems
  • Experience with high vacuum environment, ion sources, accelerators, electronics and controls, mechanical design and fabrication

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to climb a ladder  and work at heights of up to eight feet
  • Ability to work inside a 5 Gauss magnetic field
  • Ability to follow verbal and written safety instructions

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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