Superconducting Mechanical Design Engineer III

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) user facility for nuclear science. Hosting the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, 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 atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes benefitting society.

FRIB will commence scientific user operation in May of 2022. FRIB is funded by DOE-SC, Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, with user facility operation supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Since 2010, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate programs.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that will enable unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.


The Superconducting Mechanical Design Engineer III will execute work to meet superconducting radio frequency (SRF) and superconducting magnet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule).

Assigned scope

Support the Superconducting Cryogenic Design Team on SRF and superconducting magnet design, production fabrication, and assembly.

Major position responsibilities

  • Serve as project leader and subject matter expert in reviewing design layouts, budgets, project documentation, construction, testing, modification of hardware and software and/or the installation of sub-systems [35%]
  • Present design solutions to stakeholders and convene design reviews to obtain stakeholder feedback and endorsement [35%]
  • Produce and document effective design solutions by developing concepts, performing engineering calculations and creating CAD designs/details [10%]
  • Perform calculations and analysis of complex data and provide engineering support for fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of technical equipment [10%]
  • Able to make presentation graphics of design and communicate what is needed to advance the design and start construction [10%]

Position duties

Team Member

  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule)
  • Execute work according to approved work control plans
  • Stop work when discrepant conditions are encountered and inform line management
  • Perform work with quality and in a safe manner


  • Produce quality work independently and present and report on findings
  • Direct the requirements and responsibilities of multiple team members simultaneously and with exemplary quality while under pressure
  • Manage and delegate multiple assignments and deliver quality analysis and work under time constrained deadlines
  • Develop, implement and administer division/department policies and procedures
  • Enhance, interpret and analyze new systems and project information
  • Lead responsibility for department (head), system (lead), and/or project (manager)
  • Deliver project and/or systems work scope within cost and schedule
  • Manage and prioritize work of others
  • Analyze, identify, pursue and implement new initiatives
  • Supervise work of diverse teams and/or groups
  • Serve as Responsible Person for Export Control Access Control Plan



  • A bachelor degree in engineering or physics; five to eight years of related or progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in physics, electronics, mechanical and/or electrical drafting, fabrication techniques, heat transfer, cryogenics and computer systems; and may require experience in the use of CAD and/or related engineering systems, including file transfer; experience in the use of exotic metals, including knowledge of their properties, in the fabrication and assembly of sophisticated research equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • The job requires moderate physical effort and involves fine manual dexterity during fabrication of equipment and viewing a CRT screen 26% to 75% of the time.


  • Mechanical engineering degree with eight to ten years of experience
  • Experience with system-level detailing and checking mechanical drawings for production
  • Experience with SolidWorks and PDM Systems
  • Experience in the design, fabrication and complex assembly of superconducting equipment
  • Experience in fabrication techniques, cryogenic systems, installation and operations setup, electronics, mechanical and electronic drafting, and computer systems
  • Ability to work with export-controlled materials


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

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit and search for posting number 736035 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 persons with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes supporting discoveries about the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is located on one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. on 5,300 tree-filled acres. MSU has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The greater Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, 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. named Lansing as the most affordable city on its 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live list and one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. East Lansing is one of the Best Places to Live according to the 2019 ranking by Neighboring city Okemos is No. 1 in the 2020 Best Places to Live in Michigan ranking.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university and FRIB encourage applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.