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Engineering Physicist II


Job Description

Open Date: October 1, 2021

Close Date: November 1, 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.

We are engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 50 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world.

Fermilab’s Accelerator Instrumentation Department is a team-based organization that designs, tests, installs and maintains detectors, electronics and signal processing that measure the properties of high energy protons and other sub-atomic particles.  We support beam instrumentation in all the accelerators and beam lines across the entire campus.

The Accelerator Division Instrumentation Department is seeking a highly motivated Engineering Physicist II to design and develop particle accelerator beam instrumentation and diagnostic systems.  Beam instrumentation designs include both established and experimental detectors and systems.

You Will:

  • Design and develop equipment or sub-systems, including specification of components and performance verification requirements.
  • Operate facilities or complex equipment to perform data collection and tests.
  • Monitor tests and examine operations of facilities to isolate and define problems with proper functioning of equipment and to insure efficient functioning and conformance with safety specifications and regulations.
  • Develop plans to monitor the operation and maintenance of equipment used in advanced physics measurements or detector development at the sub-system level, detecting trends and debugging equipment.
  • Plan and assist in inquiries to discover facts or to test hypotheses concerning the equipment or system in assigned area.
  • Evaluate findings and develop plans and improvements to meet project or operation goals that bring a project to operating status.
  • Detect irregularities of a system through a complete understanding of a system and its subsystems.
  • Interact with other specialists to coordinate the modification and repair of the system and to propose new, improved or upgraded systems.
  • Select and apply appropriate engineering standards to meet assignment objectives.
  • Determine vendors and technologies for performance evaluation.
  • Determine measurement/tests needed to evaluate system performance.
  • Implement modest changes in scope as required according to predefined change control procedures based on analytical results.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Abide by and be responsible for performing all duties in accordance with all environmental, health and safety regulations and practices pertinent to this position.
  • Contribute effectively within a diverse workforce and upholds Fermilab’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We Are Looking For:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from an accredited institution and 3+ years of related professional experience OR Master of Science Degree and 1+ years of related professional experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge of physics.  Experience with accelerator physics and high energy particle beam instrumentation is a plus.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and an understanding of engineering design methodology.
  • Familiarity with modern analytical/simulation tools, software and hardware development, integration and testing, design of microelectronic circuitry.
  • Desire to work on software and documentation behind a desk and testing and troubleshooting in the field.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Tight Work Schedule, Visually Demanding


All FRA employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation based on a medical condition/disability or a sincerely held religious belief.


Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is critical to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most talented people  and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, marital status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor.