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Senior Mechanical Technician

Job ID 1838 Date posted 08/01/2019


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 job is a position in the Physics Department working in the PHENIX group. The Physics Department carries out research in experimental and theoretical Nuclear Physics, experimental and theoretical High Energy Physics, and detector instrumentation that supports those sub-fields. The mechanical technician will support fabrication and installation work of the sPHENIX project which is a major upgrade to an existing Nuclear Physics experiment that will operate at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at BNL.



The Physics Department has an opening for a Senior Mechanical Technician. Under general technical direction, and with considerable latitude for the exercise of initiative and judgment, you will perform a wide variety of highly skilled and complex technical assignments in support of scientific and engineering staff. Your work assignments will usually be project-based and you will use your technical skills and techniques to design, develop, fabricate, evaluate, test, operate, maintain or construct equipment, systems and facilities. In this role, you may direct and coordinate the work efforts of other technical support personnel assigned to a specific project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with a team of technicians, engineers and scientists to mechanically assemble components of the sPHENIX experiment.
  • Work with a team of technicians, engineers and scientists to prepare facilities for sPHENIX detector assembly and testing
  • Repair and maintain experimental equipment under the direction of engineers and scientists.
  • Prepare any tooling or fixtures necessary for the assembly or maintenance of sPHENIX components.
The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant experience, knowledge and skills.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • At least six (6) years of relevant work experience and a technical institute or associate’s degree in a related discipline (or experience equivalency).
  • Experience working with hand and power tools for both large assemblies and disassemblies of equipment, as well as fine work on experimental equipment
  • Experience working at heights on scaffolds, ladders and man-lifts. Experience with Working at Heights safety equipment and protocols similar to those employed by BNL 
  • Manual dexterity with hand tools
  • Facility with machine shop tools
  • Ability to understand drawings
  • Understanding of mechanical principles of reasonable complexity
  • Basic understanding of specific disciplines (i.e. vacuum, cryogenics, gas systems, radiation)
  • Basic understanding of configuration control, QA and QC.
  • Understanding of safety principles

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working with riggings and lifting equipment especially cranes, hoists and fork lifts.
  • Experience working with a mixed team of technicians, engineers and scientists
  • Experience working on equipment for a nuclear or particle physics experiment.
  • Experience working with hydraulic systems.
  • Experience working on complex assemblies of scientific equipment using specialized tools.
  • A demonstrated strong work ethic and the ability to take the initiative on all but the most complex tasks.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Must be able to work at heights and in confine spaces as necessary. Some work will take place in posted radiation areas where Rad Worker-1 Training and ability to wear protective gear will be required.
  • Lifting of 30 pounds, some strenuous exertion, working with some chemicals such as epoxy and solvents, working with/near moving equipment, some outdoor work, static magnetic fields > 5 gauss.

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Occasional need to drive a truck on-site.
  • 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 Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 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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