FRIB Project Controls 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

The FRIB Project Controls Engineer II works to define, develop, implement, and maintain project controls (primarily cost and schedule) for projects at the FRIB by facilitating and managing the development, maintenance, integration, validation, and reporting of project scope, cost and schedule baselines while actively monitoring and providing the project manager with timely assessment of performance.

Major position responsibilities

  • Defines and develops integrated project schedules in project management software such as Primavera P6 or MS Project by working with technical leads and Control Account Managers and consolidating schedule activities from other team members
  • Establishes and maintains a performance measurement baseline in a cost processing tool such as Deltek Cobra for the Earned Value Management System (EVMS), analyzes schedule performance, and provides monthly earned value progress reports to the Project Management team
  • Controls, documents and implements baseline change requests for projects in support of EVMS.
  • Supports the development and maintenance of project estimate to complete (ETC) and estimate at completion (EAC) forecasts for management reporting and earned value tracking
  • Facilitates and directs the development of formal budget requests including project cost estimates against a work breakdown structure with basis of estimate documentation.
  • Manages the FRIB risk assessment/mitigation program
  • Identifies, analyzes, and provides innovative solutions to cost engineering and planning/scheduling problems, including critical path analysis, to help develop remediation strategies



  • Three to five years of experience in working with project management software, such as MS Project and/or Primavera P6.
  • One to three years of experience in working Earned Value Management methods and supporting systems.
  • Experience in interacting with federal government agencies such as the Department of Energy Office of Science or the National Science Foundation.
  • Project Management Professional Certification.
  • Ability to work with export controls.


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 593036 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.