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Sr. Engineer with Vacuum or Cryogenic Expirence Needed

Question asked by Matthew Johnson on Apr 24, 2013

The successful candidate will produce innovative design solutions to accomplish the conceptual equipment requirements of the laboratory.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Design and supports fabrication of physics equipment, research instrumentation and/or accelerator equipment
  • Participate in several projects simultaneously and is accountable to maintain schedules to meet project requirements
  • Lead and direct the work of support personnel
  • Understand sheet metal manufacturing and production methods
  • Design of thermal radiation shielding using fastening and joining methods suitable for cryogenic conditions
  • Design of vacuum chambers including the analysis of pressure loading, sealing methods, fabrication, leak test verification and validation
  • Conduct heat load calculations and designs multilayer insulation
  • Lead design of cryogenic vessels and specializes in helium plumbing design requirements and methods
  • Analyze pressure loading and material properties at room and cryogenic temperatures, static heat transfer with nonlinear material properties
  • Provide structural and thermal analysis support for the Engineering group
  • Perform engineering calculations using analytical as well as computer models
  • Develop designs using ANSYS finite element analysis codes and Solidworks CAD codes
  • Write in-depth engineering notes and reviews calculations of fellow engineers
  • Mentor other engineers in analysis methods


  • A Masters degree in Engineering is preferred
  • At least five years industry experience
  • Experience with CAD/CAE and SolidWorks/ANSYS is preferred
  • Experience with superconducting linac design or high power particle beam magnets and target equipment is desired
  • Excellent communication, planning, organizational and leadership skills to successfully accomplish our goals
  • Experience in vacuum and radiation compatible materials
  • Ability to work with export controlled items.

MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.

The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go and search for posting number 5072 and/or 5110, 4500, 4501.

About MSU and FRIB
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Located on campus and operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.