Electro-Mechanical Technical Specialist

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • Oct 01, 2020

Job Description

Job ID 2315Date posted 09/15/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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.

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 has an opening for a full-time Mechanical/Electrical Senior Technical Specialist, in the Accelerator Components & Instrumentation Group. The Accelerator Components & Instrumentation Group is responsible for the operation and upgrade of a wide variety of electron, ion and laser beam instrumentation systems for the RHIC complex of particle accelerators and other existing and planned accelerator systems. The employee will provide technical support for the operation of a variety of complex beam line instrumentation systems and may eventually plan, coordinate and perform challenging assignments related to particle beam transport, photo-injectors and laser systems, beam positioning, and signal processing electronics. The work will include component selection, vendor POC, construction, and system commissioning, original concept design, and first article fabrication. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for a wide varity of existing and new beam instrumentation systems
  • Work with engineers and technical team to develop, maintain and upgrade instrumentation systems thoughout the C-AD complex
  • Assembly, testing, installation, documentation and troubleshooting of chassis and rack electronics
  • Electronic/mechanical, pneumatic motion system fabrication/repair
  • Beam diagnostic device fabrication, and field repair
  • Close tolerance component machining (+-.001”) and assembly
  • Termination of cables used for high current/high voltage, multi-strand, as well as co-axial

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires the equivalence of a technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or technical field
  • At least six (6) years of full time relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated ability working with electronic/mechanical systems
  • Extensive experience with all aspects of mechanical fabrications, including operating lathes, milling machines, drill presses, sheet metal fabrications, height gauges, micrometers
  • The ability to work from mechanical drawings and schematics
  • Experience with electronic system chassis assembly work
  • Familiarity with computers and computer-generated drawings
  • Clear and concise  written an oral communication skills
  • Must be committed to working safely under strict guidelines

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Training, education and/or experience with precision electrical/mechanical operating systems
  • Training, education and/or experience with instrumentation or video systems
  • Training, education and/or experience with high voltage or high current or radio frequency
  • CNC experience is desirable
  • Knowledgeable of UHV component assembly practices within a clean room environment

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Will receive periodic training on the environmental, health and safety rules; successful completion required
  • Responsible for following all of the standard operation procedures and keeping refresher training up to date
  • Lifting of 30 pounds, climb a ladder


  • Driver’s license required for travel between on-site buildings
  • Must be available for off hour call-in, with arrival within 1-hour to arrival at BNL
  • 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
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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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