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Magnet Design Scientist/Engineer

Brookhaven National Laboratory
New York, US
Closing date
2 Oct 2022
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Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of electrons, the other a beam of protons or heavier atomic nuclei which are steered into collisions.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.

Position Description

The EIC Magnet Systems Group has an opening for a Magnet Design Scientist/Engineer to design, specify, fabricate, and procure particle accelerator magnets and help define and design magnet system interfaces including interfaces with superconducting magnets. Applicants should be highly motivated to work in a cross-disciplinary environment on R&D and engineering activities related to magnet design and development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage individual magnet development projects in response to the needs of three different sets of accelerator ring system specifications and other beam lines in the EIC
  • Develop magnets and associated component systems from initial concept through computer aid analysis, detailed 3D modeling and design
  • May also support the development of purchase specifications and fabrication drawings, system interface documents, magnet fabrication, assembly, testing, installation, and commissioning
  • Conduct testing to include detailed magnetic measurement, analysis of results, design adjustments, and final approval for beam line installation
  • Work independently and to interact with and report to senior engineering and scientific staff for assignments, guidance, and support
  • Publish and present research at conferences

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Degree in physics, engineering, or other relevant discipline;
  • Experience in the design of particle accelerator magnets or similar magnet systems;
  • PhD plus 2+ years of experience, or
  • Master’s degree plus 6+ years of experience, or
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 8+ years of experience;
  • Experience in 2D and 3D accelerator magnet design using finite element simulations, e.g., Opera, or COMSOL;
  • Experience with creative engineering projects collaborating with a team to develop and build unique scientific equipment;
  • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills;
  • Proficient with MS Office, Excel, and PowerPoint;

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities;

  • Experience with 3D modeling using Creo, Solid Works, AutoCAD Inventor and/or CATIA;
  • Experience with superconducting magnets and/or cryogenic distribution systems and components;
  • Experience with ROXIE;
  • Programming experience in C, Python and/or MATLAB;
  • Proficient in ANSYS or equivalent thermal and stress engineering analysis software and generating engineering analysis reports;
  • Experience/expertise in magnetic measurement systems and equipment;
  • Experience in large scale magnet fabrication and installation;
  • Ability to work independently and to interact with and report to senior engineering and scientific staff for assignments, guidance, and support;
  • Ability to positively interact and support contractors, vendors, and procurement professionals;
  • Project development and management skills;

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements

Will be required to become a qualified Radiation Worker and may be required to work in radiation areas

Other Information

Occasional travel for attending conferences and presenting research papers both nationally and internationally.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate professional level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills, as well as years of relevant experience.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave);
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan;
  • 401(k) Plan;
  • Flexible Work Arrangements;
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs;
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Table Tennis, Softball, Tennis).

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:


The Laboratory's 2,500-plus staff members lead and support diverse research teams that address the DOE mission to ensure the nation's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Among Brookhaven Lab’s current initiatives are nuclear science, energy science, data science, particle physics, accelerator science and technology, quantitative plant science, and quantum information science.

Brookhaven Lab staff are entrusted by DOE on the nation's behalf to safely build and operate facilities that house unique tools used by interdisciplinary teams comprising researchers from Brookhaven as well as those from other national labs, academia, and industry. In fiscal year 2018, the Laboratory attracted 5,374 facility users and guest researchers from all 50 states and countries around the world. The Laboratory offers robust STEM education and workforce development programs that draw more than 30,000 participants annually.

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