Mechanical Technician for the sPHENIX project

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full time Engineering Entry Level

Job Description

Job ID 2358Date posted 09/29/2020

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.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for research programs at BNL and to maintain the expertise and facilities in specialized high technology areas essential for this work.   The Division’s research efforts also have a significant impact on programs elsewhere in the world that rely on advanced radiation detectors and their associated readout electronics and data acquisition.

Position Description

The BNL Instrumentation Division currently has an opportunity for a Mechanical Technician (TW-2) for a one-year term appointment.  The successful candidate will work on the construction of the sPHENIX experiment. sPHENIX is a large scientific instrument that will operate at BNL’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Accelerator starting in 2023.  Job responsibilities include working under close supervision to perform semi-routine technical support functions typically involved with the fabrication, assembly, and testing of equipment for use by the sPHENIX experiment. Work assignments are performed in accordance with general instructions and established procedures.  

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires a high school diploma
  • One (1) year full time relevant electrical, mechanical or technical work experience that demonstrates the ability to follow procedures and to perform technical work assignments
  • Knowledge of practical principles of mechanics, electronics, metallurgy, health physics, chemistry or related fields
  • Must be self-motivated

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience performing large scale assemblies and installations of scientific apparatus
  • Experience working as a technician with a team of other techncians and engineers on large projects.
  • Basic computer skills using MS Office applications

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Arm/hand dexterity
  • Ability to climb ladders at low to moderate heights; work with confidence at heights that can exceed thirty feet
  • Lift (up to) 50 lbs.  
  • Good vision, mental sharpness, alertness and function in confined spaces
  • May need to operate heavy equipment including mobile cranes and forklifts. Rigging and hoisting tasks may be performed.


  • Ability to work overtime as required
  • Initial appointment is for one year with renewals contingent on funding and performance.
  • Valid Driver’s License Required
  • Work around or in a lab containing radioactive sources may be necessary. Visits to areas requiring radiation safety training may be required.
  • BNL will not sponsor a visa for this position

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