SRF Process Engineer 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

FRIB is searching for a SRF Process Engineer I to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will support the Processing and Coldmass Assembly group with the processing, maintenance, assembly and documentation of SRF cavities, coldmasses and related infrastructure within the SRF Department for the FRIB project.

Major position responsibilities

  • Assist in the fabrication of superconducting cavities and coldmass/cryomodule assemblies

  • Assist in the processing and assembly of superconducting cavities, coldmass strings, and associated production infrastructure

  • Follow detailed procedures to prepare components for cleanroom and chemistry facility

  • Work in cleanroom environment on a daily basis to clean parts, assemble components and maintain workspace

  • Assist with chemical processing in etching facility and perform routine maintenance

  • Assist with the research and design of processing and assembly infrastructure

  • Perform engineering calculations and analyze data

  • Maintain SRF processing and cleanroom infrastructure and equipment

  • Assist in locating potential vendors and requisitioning parts, components, and systems

  • Train undergraduate students in operational procedures

  • Monitor quality of the SRF systems to meet the FRIB performance goals as well as in the pursuit of upgrade goals

  • Improve SRF technology for cavity and coldmass assembly design

  • Interact with team members to define the project details

  • Provide support and maintenance for those projects

  • Maintain certification and calibration of equipment and assist in improving system robustness

  • Archive SRF documentation



  • The job requires a bachelor’s degree in systems or computer science; or engineering or physics, with coursework in systems or computer science

  • One to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in electronics, mechanical and/or electrical drafting and fabrication techniques, or computer programming in one or more languages used by the NSCL; or an equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Zero to three years of experience of expansive work experience with cleanroom maintenance and procedures, ultra high vacuum assembly and applications, chemical etching of metals, ultra pure water systems, component engineering and assembly

  • Experience in large-scale SRF cavity development and processing techniques

  • Self motivated, detail oriented, the ability to follow and uphold critical process protocols

  • Willingness to improve current skill sets through continuous learning

  • Balance working on one or more tasks simultaneously

  • Mechanical CAD skills

  • Good verbal and written communication skills



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 432900 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