FRIB Maintenance Technician - Instrument Maker I

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

The FRIB Maintenance Technician will maintain, adjust, assemble, repair, and/or participate in modification of instruments, assist in the design and development of parts, equipment, and devices using a combination of moderately complex mechanical equipment skills.

Major position responsibilities

  • Sets up, adjusts, operates, maintains, and repairs tools, power tools, and related tools and equipment such as files, drills, scrapers, wrenches, screwdrivers, drill motors, circular saws, hack saws, etc.
  • Confers with faculty, staff, and students on the fabrication, modification, maintenance, adjustment, assembly, installation, repair, and design of precision apparatus, instruments and equipment, including, for example, mechanical, electrical, and optical components.
  • Assists in the maintenance and repair of complex precision apparatus, instruments, and equipment including the preparation of blueprints, sketches, drawings, materials, procedures, components, and specifications.
  • Understand, follow, and uphold all safety policies and regulations.



  • An associate’s degree in electronics or mechanics as well as two years of work experience as a Research Trades Assistant II or equivalent experience in one or more skilled trades areas specific to the job duties to be performed or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, equipment, occupational hazards, and safety precautions of the trades 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 potentially hazardous materials.
  • Frequent lifting of 26 pounds and over is required.
  • Maintenance of internal combustion engines including diesel, propane, and gas.


  • Ability to work and communicate completely with people of diverse backgrounds and education
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude of assembly techniques, tools, and equipment
  • Ability to recognize actual or potential non-conformances
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, and ability to follow and uphold critical process protocols
  • Basic knowledge of personal computer terminology and operations and the ability to use email and the Internet 

Position duties

  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule)
  • Plan to perform their work in a safe manner
  • Perform work with quality

Work direction and interfaces

  • Reports to Facilities group leader
  • Interfaces with co-workers, team members, project leaders, subject-matter experts in order to assist in the completion of duties


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 553155 and follow the application process. For more information regarding employment, contact FRIB Human Resources.

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.