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The Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, CENPA, has an outstanding full-time opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer.
The mechanical engineer will play a key role in the center’s workflow by developing novel ideas for state-of-the-art physics instrumentation from conception to realistic designs to production in the local machine shop. The work will be performed in a stimulating atmosphere in close collaboration with scientists, students, electrical engineers and engineering technicians at CENPA. Some activities will be carried out within the context of larger multi-institutional, international collaborations in which CENPA plays a central role. The CENPA mechanical engineer provides a unique training resource for our students.
CENPA, is a “Center of Excellence” funded by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics. It serves as the institutional home for a broad program of research in fundamental physics. Research activities are conducted locally and at remote sites. In neutrino physics, CENPA is a leading institution for large-scale off-site projects (KATRIN, LEGEND-200), while the novel Project 8 experiment is developed on-site. The Muon Physics Group has a major leadership role in the measurement of the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment at Fermilab. The CENPA program also includes studies using the local tandem Van de Graaff accelerator. Beyond the research directly supported by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics, CENPA has a broader research scope that includes searches for the electric dipole moment, a precision gravity program and major dark matter experiments (ADMX and DAMIC).
CENPA is home to a large number of faculty, research faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students. The professional engineering and technical staff provide diverse competences and skills for state-of-the-art detector and instrumentation development, design, prototyping and construction. Our Center’s capabilities cover every detail for the successful execution of physics experiments, including mechanics, electronics, UHV techniques and cryogenics.
Work with faculty and the CENPA community to conceptualize and design systems, assemblies and parts to meet challenging one-of-a-kind requirements.
Perform stress and thermal analysis using both analysis software and analytical estimates.
Design of mechanical, vacuum and cryogenic systems.
Build, Test and Maintain
Supervise engineering technicians to produce professional CAD models and verify the quality of the drawings before production.
Work closely with the CENPA Machine Shop and technicians in the fabrication and assembly.
Test parts and final assemblies to ensure they meet the overall system requirements and are built to print. Train students and staff in performing commissioning tests.
Specify and procure commercial mechanical materials, parts and assemblies.
Develop and implement plans for engineering-related work, including management of timeline, budget, and schedule of deliverables.
In the case of projects that require multi-institutional collaboration, coordinate and integrate the CENPA engineering-related work with the engineering activities at other institutions.
Provide direction to researchers in the execution of research activities and engage in joint design optimization (e.g., feasibility of design, engineering, and fabrication concepts; use of alternative engineering approaches).
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Three or more year's experience in a related area or equivalent combination of education/experience.
Expertise in mechanical and vacuum engineering design.
Expertise in computer-aided design and knowledge of requirements for production-level drawings.
Thermo-mechanical simulations using computer tools.
Ability to work with local and external machine shops to monitor part fabrication.
Ability to create assembly procedures and documentation.
Ability to work independently and as part of a research team, and interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities.
Excellent organizational skills, including: - Documentation – to support local and off-site operation of in-house built components. - Time management – to effectively prioritize diverse tasks and operational needs between multiple projects with tight timelines.
Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or closely related discipline.
Five years of professional experience in mechanical engineering.
Strong record in the execution of ambitious and unconventional engineering projects.
Experience with cryogenic systems.
Expertise with Autodesk Inventor.
Genuine passion and interest in answering profound questions in fundamental physics.
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