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Water Systems Group Supervisor

Job ID 3435 Date posted 10/07/2022

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 (C-AD) has an opening for a Water Systems Group (WSG) Supervisor within the Experimental Support & Facilities Division (ES&F).  The Water Systems Group is responsible for the operations, maintenance, repairs, troubleshooting and construction of cooling water/compressed air systems in support of C-AD experiments throughout the laboratory.  Systems include, but are not limited to, water/air cooled chillers, cooling towers, open/closed loop piping systems, heat exchangers, pumping systems, de-ionized water systems, electronics/magnet cooling water systems, electronic programming and logic controls, instrumentation air/pneumatic controls systems, etc. The primary role for this position is to supervise the C-AD Water Systems Group Technicians and work directly with other Technical Groups/Supporting Engineers within the ES&F Division.  This position has a high level of interaction with various Divisions within C-AD that include an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise and provide supporting resources for the WSG.  This includes directing the work of highly skilled technicians in such areas as construction, maintenance, operation or development of specialized scientific equipment or facilities
  • Work controls coordination, scheduling, project planning, training and oversight of large complex technical projects to meet ES&F goals and safety requirements
  • Ensure that work policies and procedures are followed
  • Serve as Primary Authorized Employee on performing Lockout/Tagout to secure systems electrically and mechanically for technicians to work on safely
  • Respond to and direct technical staff to operations emergency calls/alarms
  • Perform pre-job briefings to familiarize technical groups of jobs and identify work control hazards
  • Coordinate work with other technical group supervisors and scientific groups
  • Material and equipment ordering in support of all work associated with the group
  • Responsible for equipment and systems asset management for the group
  • Manage all C-AD cooling tower systems to meet New York State sanitary requirement and coordinate with Facilities & Operations Directorate/Energy & Utility Division

Position Requirements

  • Requires the equivalence of a technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or engineering field or considerable technical and job-relevant training, and ten (10) years related experience in a broad technical field which includes demonstrated technical leadership and supervisory experience
  • Ability to interpret design drawings, water/air flow schematics and piping & instrumentation diagrams
  • Knowledge of open and closed loop pumping systems related to hydronic cooling systems
  • Ability to adapt to evolving circumstances, operate successfully in a rigorously regulated environment, and manage multiple competing priorities
  • Ability to positively interact with internal and external customers, contractors, vendors and skilled trades
  • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills
  • Must have working knowledge of computers and software applications such as Microsoft Office

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of AutoCad
  • Ability to perform/understand hydronics piping, controls and pump design
  • Experience with Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to carry weights up to 30 lbs
  • Ability to work at heights and climb a ladder
  • Ability to walk along sloped terrain and uneven surfaces
  • May stand for long periods of time

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • A valid US Driver’s license is required
  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

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 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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