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Vacuum Engineer

Job ID 3330 Date posted 08/02/2022

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
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 Vacuum Group has an opening for an engineer to design, develop, improve, and maintain particle accelerator vacuum systems throughout the Collider Accelerator Complex at BNL. The role is multidisciplinary, with the ideal candidate possessing a combination of experience and education in any of the following: vacuum science, material science, surface science, thermodynamics, gas dynamics and/or fluid flow, structural and thermal analysis, and mechanical and systems design. The C-AD complex presents challenging demands that require creative solutions and close collaboration with numerous technical engineering groups. The chosen candidate will fill a critical role developing solutions to support the success of Collider Accelerator projects.  The role will require effort in all phases of accelerator projects from concept to operations including R&D, design and development to construction, installation, testing, commissioning, and operations support. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop components and systems from concept to completion including engineering analysis, detailed 3D modeling and design, design and safety reviews, preparation of specifications and fabrication drawings, procurement and fabrication, assembly, testing, installation, and commissioning
  • Develop engineering solutions to support project requirements, further engineering analysis and engineering R&D 
  • Manage engineering projects, and develop project plans including schedules and cost estimates with theneeded resources and budgets
  • Coordinate the work of technical staff for design, fabrication, assembly, test, installation and operation of vacuum systems
  • Prepare and present material as required for design reviews
  • Work closely with scientific and professional staff to develop and execute solutions to complex problems and integration issues
  • Prepare work plans and procedures
  • Maintain a safe and respectful workplace environment

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, physics or related field
  • At least 3 years of full time, progressively responsible, related work experience
  • Experience with creative engineering projects, working hands-on with mechanical equipment, and collaborating with a team to develop and build unique equipment
  • Experience with 3D CAD modeling software (Creo preferred)
  • Experience with ANSYS (or equivalent thermal and stress engineering analysis software) and generating engineering analysis reports
  • Knowledge of material properties, manufacturing/machine shop processes, welding, hardware & component choice, manufacturing, installation, and dimensioning and tolerances
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Clear and concise written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized and capable of following strict policies and procedures to ensure hardware and personnel protection
  • Ability to interact positively and professionally with contractors, vendors, project management and procurement professionals

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Practical experience developing and building sub-systems for particle accelerators
  • Experience designing vacuum systems including ultra-high vacuum and particulate-free systems
  • Thin film technology and surface science
  • Instrumentation and control systems design & integration
  • PLC programming for system controls

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Requires working in laboratory, industrial, construction, noise, and radiation environments in strict compliance with safety directives
  • Requires occasional climbing ladders, moderate lifting up to 25 pounds, and working in the vicinity of operating machinery
  • Requires Radiological Worker qualification


  • Occasional domestic and/or international travel
  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • May be required to occasionally work outside regular hours to support mission critical projects

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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