Mechanical Engineer II

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 Mechanical Engineer II to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will plan and conduct substantial modifications to facilities and systems using standard engineering techniques, codes, and procedures.  Coordinate and integrate facility modifications with operations.

Major position responsibilities

  • Plans and designs new construction, alterations, and improvements to facilities and equipment

  • Plans, designs, and develops facilities, equipment, and systems including HVAC, cryogenics, process cooling, plumbing, and fire protection

  • Plans, develops, and assists in developing short-term and long-range construction, facility improvements, and related plans

  • Provides technical analysis of systems to determine operational effectiveness

  • Monitors construction, alteration, or installation of systems to insure compliance with plans, specifications, and standards

  • Provide management oversight of building controls

  • Processes studies, research investigations, or special reports as directed

  • Coordinates projects by serving as liaison between appropriate parties

  • Produce and document effective design solutions by developing concepts, performing engineering calculations, and creating CAD designs/details

  • Provide engineering support for fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of technical equipment

  • Interacts with project leader and subject-matter experts to transform technical requirements into design solutions

  • Present design solutions to stakeholders and convene design reviews to obtain stakeholder feedback and endorsement

  • Assist project leader and subject-matter experts in reviewing design layouts, budgets, project documentation, construction, testing, modification of hardware and software, and/or the installation of sub systems



  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as three to five years of progressively more responsible or expansive work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Ability to work with export-controlled items


  • Experience with building controls

  • Experience with CAD/CAE is required, experience with AutoCAD and SolidWorks/ANSYS

  • Experience in designing and installing cryogenic systems

  • Experience in the design and fabrication of sophisticated research equipment

  • Work experience in fabrication techniques, cryogenic systems, process cooling, and control systems


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 4183 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.

Position Type:
Staff Position