Front End Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific 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. Under construction on campus and to be 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. 

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

FRIB is searching for a Front End (FE) Engineer to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will support the installation and testing of FRIB front-end equipment. He/she will operate and maintain the front-end equipment and assist the front end department manager with developing an efficient equipment maintenance and safety program. The FE Engineer will participate in and lead equipment improvement and upgrade projects.

Major position responsibilities

  • Assemble and install front-end accelerator equipment. Ensure correct installation of front-end equipment by maintaining required documentation and records

  • Support and participate in testing of FE equipment

  • Operate and, if necessary, organize repairs of FE equipment, including the FE beam line, the radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ), and FE ancillary mechanical systems

  • Ensure stable and reliable operation of FE equipment

  • Perform preventive maintenance for assigned equipment

  • Assist the front end department manager with establishing an efficient equipment maintenance program

  • Assist the front end department manager with developing and maintaining safety documentation

  • Propose improvements that would reduce cost, increase availability, and improve safety of systems

  • Take lead in development and improvement projects

  • Support the FE commissioning through technical support and direct participation in equipment tuning

  • As front-end systems mature, instruct and train machine operators to ensure efficient transfer of operational experience to machine operators

  • Be available for 24/7 on-call coverage during beam commissioning and operation



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Engineering or related field and eight to ten years of relevant work experience

  • Strong troubleshooting, excellent mechanical skills, and demonstrated practical, hands-on experience.

  • Experience with assembly and/or maintenance of complex mechanical systems

  • Team skills: FRIB is striving to provide a collaborative and transparent working environment. The job will require the candidate to work closely with the front end department manager, FRIB physicists, engineers, and technicians from the front end and other departments to accomplish his goals

  • Ability to work with export controlled items


  • Experience with installation, maintenance, and operation of accelerator equipment

  • Familiarity with vacuum procedures

  • Experience with coordinating technical activities during the construction phase of complicated mechanical systems and particle accelerators is significant advantage


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please go, search for posting number 5090 and follow the application process.

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.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the United States with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree-filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics.

The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos, and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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