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Cryogenic Engineer


Job Description


Open Date:  July 16, 2021

Close Date: August 8, 2021

We Are

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and at locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

The Applied Physics and Super Conducting Technology Division pursues highly innovative research and development programs in superconducting magnets and superconducting radio frequencies for accelerators to advance Fermilab’s scientific mission and help define the laboratory’s future direction. We operate accelerator test facilities and develop and build next generation accelerators and detectors using cutting-edge technologies. We also educate and train the next generation of physicists and engineers

Applied Physics and Super Conducting level Technology Division seeks an entry Cryogenic Engineer to support existing cryogenic system operations and expanding project needs. The candidate will work in a team environment under the supervision of a more senior engineer or scientist. Activities of the position will include operating helium cryogenic systems, performing and developing operating procedures, troubleshooting system problems using investigative engineering, improving cryogenic operations through process engineering improvements and upgrades, maintaining and responding to alarms, coordinating system maintenance and improvement plans.

This position will also support cryogenic projects within the Cryogenic Sector of Fermilab. Project tasks can include thermal, hydraulic and structural analysis, cryogenic process design and analysis, cryogenic component design, in-house or vendor oversight of fabrication, installation and commissioning.

Qualifications and Essential Job Functions

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an accredited institution
  • A strong academic background in engineering thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • 0-3 years of engineering experience
  • Working in a team environment
  • Operation of helium cryogenic systems
  • Must be available for operational off-hour call-ins and occasional project overtime
  • Collaborate with technical staff to verify system functionality and performance utilizing strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to see the big picture and pay attention to details while performing problem solving analysis on a flexible range of project tasks
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings and process flow schematics
  • Ability to use a computer for performing engineering analysis, writing reports, and creating presentations
  • Must meet qualification requirements to work in an oxygen deficiency hazard or interlocked area
  • Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering or a related engineering field is strongly preferred
  • A cryogenic related thesis project is strongly preferred
  • Experience with  operating helium cryogenic systems is preferred
  • Superfluid helium cryogenic experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes is strongly preferred

Relocation is available for this position

Physical Activity and Work Environment

Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing, Tight Work Schedule

Physical Factors: Cryogenics, High Voltage, Oxygen Deficiency Hazard

PPE: Eye/Face/Foot/Hand/Hearing Protection

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply