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Senior Engineer

Job ID 1071 Date posted 06/16/2017

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

The Electronic Detector Group (EDG) in the Physics Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory has major responsibilities in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and its prototype (ProtoDUNE) as well as several other intensity frontier experiments.  The DUNE experiment includes ~40 kton  of LArTPC detectors deployed a mile underground in the old Homestake Mine and is designed to achieve transformative discoveries about neutrinos, make definitive determinations of neutrino properties and study the dynamics of supernovae and the possibility of proton decay. The ProtoDUNE single-phase detector that will be hosted in the test beam at CERN is a ~700 ton LArTPC prototype of the DUNE far detector.  BNL is leading the design and fabrication of many aspects of the detector.

The EDG currently has a staff over twenty physicists and engineers at various career levels and a long history of research in fundamental particle physics. In collaboration with the Instrumentation Division the group is performing research and development in electronics and detector design for liquid-argon Time Projection Chambers (LArTPCs).

The EDG Group in the Physics Department has an opening for a senior engineer in the international DUNE Project Office.  The candidate will be leading efforts towards the near term goals of developing a technical design report and establishing project management team for the DUNE far detector at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota and the near detector at FNAL.  This effort will include planning, cost estimation, schedule development, resource requirements, configuration control and design for installation of the DUNE detectors and integration of the detector subcomponents.

The successful candidate will work within the Electronic Detector Group in the Physics Department and report directly to the international DUNE project coordinator.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills.  To be considered for the higher level, internal candidates are required to have worked at least five (5) years as a Project Engineer I, and, for external candidates, an equivalent position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Planning, team building, cost estimation, schedule development, resource requirements, integration with the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility project and engineering design for the DUNE far and near detectors
  • Collaboration within the large multi-institutional collaborative team of DUNE engineers and scientists
  • Apply advanced principles to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and close project plans.  These are unique engineering designs where commercially available products are not available.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or closely related field of study
  • Minimum of ten (10) years progressively responsible related work experience including outstanding achievements in project engineering leadership in the design and construction of large scale projects, preferably scientific in nature
  • Must be capable of leading and coordinating a large multi-institutional collaborative effort
  • Must have attained distinction by specific outstanding engineering achievements through sustained superior level of engineering endeavors
  • Demonstrated application of advanced project management techniques or certification as a Project Management Professional
  • Knowledge of project management and corresponding software tools such as Primavera or Project
  • Must be able to conduct engineering design reviews of project wide design efforts and report findings to project management and international stakeholders
  • Must be able to defend project planning and implementation at stakeholder reviews

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (bulleted)

  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline or closely related field of study
  • Experience in engineering analysis techniques and the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools
  • Experience and proficiency with 3-D modeling software such as Inventor or ProE
  • Experience in the construction and installation of large scientific experiments or facilities


  • Domestic and international travel is required.

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 Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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