Senior Mechanical Engineer
Company: College of Charleston
Posted on: September 16, 2023
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's ( ) Division has an opening for
a Mechanical Engineer to join the Advanced Light Source (ALS)
Mechanical Engineering team. Working at the ALS is an exciting
opportunity to be a part of cutting-edge scientific research and
engineering innovation in synchrotron x-ray science. This is an
exciting position where you will be working with a team of
scientists, engineers, and technicians to support world class
research efforts across a variety of disciplines. You will be
working with, developing, and troubleshooting equipment operating
under unique environments and will develop the skills to help the
ALS achieve its scientific goals. You will have the opportunity to
work collaboratively with ALS staff and manage R&D projects
independently. The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office
of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent
scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft
x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract nearly 1,700
academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning
physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth
sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve
a combined 11,000 users annually. The ALS has been a global leader
in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently
undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the
facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting
time to join our team! In this exciting role, you will perform
complex mechanical engineering tasks, including design and
development activities in support of specific scientific and
engineering programs, taking responsibility for sub-projects and
sub-groups within major projects or research programs at Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). These activities may include
conceptualization, design, planning, implementation, and completion
of assigned problems, tasks, and projects, which have a high degree
of complexity and range in scope. They will need to develop a
network of key contacts outside of their own area of expertise to
resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. The
Mechanical Engineer IV determines methods and procedures on new
assignments and may coordinate/supervise activities of other
personnel to meet objectives and goals. Moreover, the Mechanical
Engineer will conduct, coordinate, and/or make significant
contributions to large projects or multiple small projects
utilizing independent judgment and decision making while working
within schedule and budget constraints. What You Will Do:
- Serve as Lead Engineer by providing direction and guidance to
the engineering team. The team will consist of full-time and
part-time subject matter expert engineers to develop detailed
- Closely work with the Engineering leads.
- Provide engineering requirements to the design team.
- Use a broad array of analytical, computational, and
experimental, instrumentation, and hardware design skills in the
development of detailed designs.
- Independently apply engineering principles, methods and
research techniques to creatively solve complex problems based on
- Establish performance criteria and specifications.
- Release assembly drawings, work instructions, check-lists and
other supporting documents to facilitate clear guidelines.
- Write specifications for technically complex or challenging
assemblies, procedures, and procurements; including the gathering
and organization of technical details and requirements.
- Provide technical oversight to procurement staff, e.g.
technical aspects of drawings, understanding of technical issues;
advice on vendor qualifications, and technical details of contract
or proposal verbiage.
- Develop project scope and estimate related logistics, e.g. cost
estimates and assembly/installation timelines.
- Manage projects of large and medium size in scope, assuming
primary responsibility for overall project success, working with
project scientists to translate scientific needs into engineering
concepts and specifications, overseeing schedule and budget
creation and reporting, and providing critical technical direction
for development and integration of project components.
- Be responsible for technical efforts to meet project
- Supervise other engineers and designers, and serve as mentor to
other engineers and technical staff.
- Coordinate and lead a diverse workforce, interface with and
oversee an outside contractor work.
- May participate in the management of mid to large-scale DOE
capital acquisition construction projects.
- Represent the Laboratory to the outside world in a specific
specialty through participation in design reviews. What is
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
Engineering physics, or related field or equivalent experience.
Normally 8+ years of relevant experience.
- Experience in managing projects of medium scale.
- Experience in technical management; demonstrated superior
design performance and application/development of state-of -the-art
technology in relevant engineering areas
- Experience leading and supervising others effectively in a team
- Demonstrated extensive knowledge in engineering integration
(mechanical and electrical), mechanical design and fabrication. The
lead engineering role is typically acquired with 8+ years of
- Ability to exercise, sound engineering judgment and decision
making with a wide range in scope, analytical ability, and evidence
of strong written and verbal technical communication skills.
- Broad background in the mechanical engineering and assembly of
complex scientific apparatuses and experiments with emphasis on
practical hand-on experience on overseeing assembly efforts.
- Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and lead
other scientists and engineers in defining goals and implementing
activities to realize the goals.
- Demonstrated ability to provide effective engineering direction
and judgment for developmental work and to creatively resolve
complex technical problems.
- Ability to interface and work within a large diverse team and
will require excellent technical communication skills.
- Organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple
competing priorities and projects. Demonstrated extensive knowledge
and experience accelerator or complex scientific experiment
engineering design, and mechanical issues and manufacturing
- Demonstrated ability to make accurate manpower, time and
expense estimates for completion of projects.
- Ability to interface with facilities and contractors to ensure
code compliance for seismic bracing, electrical installation, and
drill permits. Desired Qualifications:
- M.S. or Ph.D. or equivalent experience.
- Experience in a R&D and national laboratory
- Previous experience with large scale installations and/or
operations and maintenance of large user facilities, complex
experiments or industrial installations.
- Adaptability and desire to learn new skills and technologies.
Salary: The full salary range of this position is between $11,085
to $18,707 per month and is expected to pay between a targeted
range of $12,472 to $15,242 per month depending upon the
candidate's skills, knowledge, and abilities, including education,
certifications, and years of experience. Notes:
- This is a full-time 2 year, term appointment with the
possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based
upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds
and ongoing operational needs.
- This position may be subject to a background check. Any
convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate
to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a
conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant
from being considered for employment.
- Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National
Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Berkeley Lab is committed to
and strives to continue building community with these shared values
and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from
women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the
Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and
professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all
qualified applicants will be considered for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran
status. Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links: Know your
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