Cleanroom Mechanical Assembler

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 Cleanroom Mechanical Assembler to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will support FRIB by assisting in the assembly, installation, testing, commissioning work, and related infrastructure for the project.

Major position responsibilities

  • Work in production floor and cleanroom on daily basis as part of a team to assist in the assembly, installation, operation, maintenance, and testing of accelerator equipment

  • Read, understand, and interpret engineering drawings and specifications and procedures

  • Assemble, install, operate, maintain, and test components and objects within the environment as directed

  • Follow detailed specifications and procedures in performing work

  • Document activities through logging activities in repair and/or trouble-report tracking systems

  • Understand and follow all safety policies and regulations

  • Advises staff of equipment and component requirements and capabilities

  • Trains and oversees assigned support staff

  • Performs the duties of the Research Trades Assistant I and other similar lower level skilled trade classifications with a higher level of skill and precision as directed or necessary



  • Associate's degree in trade or equivalent combination of related technical training and experience

  • Two years of experience as a Research Trades Assistant I or equivalent trades experience in a skilled trade area specific to the job duties to be performed

  • May require working in and around x-ray producing apparatus, radioactive materials, cryogenic liquids and/or other potentially hazardous materials

  • Occasional to frequent lifting of twenty-six pounds and over is required

  • Ability to work with export-controlled items


  • Knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations

  • Ability to use e-mail and the internet



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


How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit, search for posting number 432884 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 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.

Position Type:
Support Staff