Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-SCA [#7891, 82825]
Position Title: Scientific Engineering Associate (Physics)
Position Type:Government or industry
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / HEP-Experiment (hep-ex)
Appl Deadline:2016/09/30 (posted 2016/09/09, listed until 2017/03/09)
Position Description:    

Scientific Engineering Associate (Physics) - 82825
Organization: PH-Physics

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Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a Scientific Engineering Associate. Reporting to the Physics Division Senior Physicist and under general supervision, participate in the activities in the LBNL Low Background Assay Facilities located at both LBNL and the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). This position will assist in the management and act as the point of contact for collaborators/users for low background assays and other engineering tasks.  

Specific Responsibilities:
• Provide multifunctional technical support applying advanced engineering/scientific concepts and practices in the area of physics detector and analysis characterization, development, and coordination.
• Operate High Purity Germanium Detectors (HPGe) and other gamma-ray spectroscopic detectors.
• Calibrate detectors to determine detector efficiencies and acceptance.
• Analyze spectra from these detectors and interpret these data into concentrations of U, Th, Cs, Co, K in materials.   
• Document analyses in concise scientific reports.
• Prepare samples for assay including preparing, cleaning, packaging of materials.
• Analyze samples for surface contamination and become knowledgeable in clean room operation and reduction of surface contamination.
• Operate, calibrate, analyze and document data generated from high purity detectors to ascertain the radioactive contents of materials.
• Maintain current knowledge of and implement relevant Laboratory, Division, and Program Conduct of Operations and Quality Assurance policies and procedures.
• Independently solve complex problems using ingenuity, creativity, and advance scientific principles and the latest software tools.
• Provide instruction to collaborators on scope and objectives of assigned work.
• Monitor quantity, quality, and job progress as required.
• Act as a liaison between scientists and scientific, technical, and administrative support.
• Advise and assist professional staff with technical efforts.
• Assist students and researchers in low background counting.
• Oversee and maintain safety of assigned area.
• Maintain proper functioning and safekeeping of equipment and tools as required.  
• Obtain materials and equipment as needed.
• Travel for extended periods.

Additional Desired Responsibilities:
• Design and construct shielding for new HPGe spectrometers.
• Partner with Scientific and Support personnel to provide advice in the selection of materials to avoid or mitigate trace radioactivity including surface contamination.
• Participate in activities involving high voltage on detectors, cryogens (LN2), sealed radioactive sources, handling of Pb shielding.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or related field and experience with formal industrial or military training or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience implementing and managing R&D projects, including planning, scheduling and coordinating all scientific and technical resources to achieve project goals.
• Experience in performing general set-ups, testing, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, operation and maintenance of complex mechanical, electromechanical and scientific apparatus, equipment and systems.
• Experience in assembling, testing, and measuring mechanical components and equipment using sophisticated measuring and testing tools and equipment.
• Experience with environmental radiation monitoring (dust, Rn) and mitigation techniques.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret blueprints, sketches, parts lists, layout, assembly drawings, operation, calibration, and repair manuals.
• Experience with electronics used in radiation detectors.
• Knowledge of mechanical equipment design procedures and techniques.
• Experience with the operation of HPGe detectors.
• Experience handling and the use of sealed Radioactive sources.
• Experience with clean room operation and surface assay techniques.
• Experience with the use of Analysis Software.
• Demonstrated experience creating and producing Scientific Reports.
• Demonstrated computer proficiency with Windows, Windows Applications, LabView, MatLab, Database,  Analysis Software.
• Proven ability to successfully accomplish assignments by exercising independent judgment under only general guidance and limited supervision.
• Demonstrated communication skills sufficient to document details of beamline operation for users and to present and summarize results of R&D projects.
• Demonstrated ability to professionally interface with staff at all levels including scientists and engineers.
• Ability to work off site in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota.
• Ability to travel for extended periods.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated ability to select, set-up, and use appropriate hand, power, and machine tools.
• Experience presenting results to scientific bodies.
• Experience using CAD software for design and fabrication.
• Experience with preparing samples including Ultra-high Vacuum cleaning techniques.
• Master’s Degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 30, 2016.


• This is a 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of renewal and with the possibility of conversion to career.
• Salary is commensurate with experience.
• This position requires completion of a background check.

How To Apply
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