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Scientist Magnet Design

Job ID 3130 Date posted 05/06/2022

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. 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

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


Our Superconducting Magnet Division has an opening for a Magnet Design Scientist 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. 


  • Head 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
    • develop purchase specifications and fabrication drawings, magnet fabrication, assembly, testing, installation, and commissioning
  • 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. 
  • Collaborate and contribute to development and execution of funding proposals.

 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


  • PhD in Physics, Engineering, or a closely related field
  • At least eight (8) years related postdoctoral experience in research, development, and 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
  • Experience writing reports, publications, and presenting at scientific meetings
  • Ability to design test processes and develop software


  • Experience in managing and developing R&D teams
  • Programming experience in C, Python or MATLAB
  • Experience in magnetic measurement systems and equipment
  • Experience in large scale magnet fabrication and installation
  • Working with and developing instruments
  • Quench detection technologies
  • Quench analysis software
  • Labview programming skills
  • Project development and management skills
  • 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, Tennis, Softball, Table 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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