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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Major Duties/Responsibilities

The research associate will work to develop next-generation magnets such as iron-free coil-dominated superconducting quadrupoles and high-temperature superconducting dipoles. With the launch of the High Rigidity Spectrometer (HRS) project as a significant expansion on top of our experimental facilities such as the existing decay station, S800 spectrometer, beam stoppers, and Reaccelerators, you will have a potential opportunity to contribute to the development of large-acceptance high-transmission beamline quadrupole triplets/switching dipoles as well as sweeper/spectrometer dipole integrated with Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETA)/Modular Neutron Array (MoNA-LISA), enhancing the capabilities of our experimental capabilities.

  • Superconducting Magnet Design and Analysis:
    • Contribute to next-generation High-Temperature Superconducting (HTS) hot-cell dipole magnet development
    • Conduct thorough quench analyses and devise robust quench protection schemes, prioritizing the safety and optimal functioning of superconducting magnets
    • Participate actively in the mechanical design aspects, ensuring the integration of key engineering subcomponents for enhanced performance and durability
  • Superconducting Magnet Fabrication and Test:
    • Serve as a recognized subject matter expert in superconducting magnets, providing technical guidance and support throughout the coil winding, construction, assembly, and instrumentation process
    • Contribute hands-on expertise in coil development, including splicing, checking fiberglass prep regs, and validating cyanate ester/epoxy-based adhesive systems
    • Perform energization test, magnetic field measurement test, passive/active quench protection circuit test, cold mass alignment and thus data analysis and documentation
    • Develop comprehensive work control plans, general test procedures, and job safety plans for various activities, including pressure/leak tests, cryogenic cooling tests, energization tests, and mapping activities
    • Execute any other duties as required or assigned within the defined scope of this job classification, ensuring flexibility and adaptability to evolving project needs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills to work effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing with all audiences
  • Experience in superconducting magnets, accelerator system components, cryogenic systems (LHe and cryocooler) and distributed control system
  • Experience with FEA of EM analysis, 1-D or 2-D quench analysis codes, and CAD
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Engineering

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in electrical or mechanical engineering (or related field)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in designing, building, and operating large-scale superconducting magnets, cryogenic, and related support systems

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in superconducting accelerator magnets, accelerator system components, various cryogenic systems and distributed control systems
  • Experience with FEA (Maxwell, COMSOL Multiphysics, Opera, CST studio), Quench analysis codes (Matlab, Python, C, C++, Labview and etc.), and CAD (SolidWorks, Inventor)

Required Application Materials

  1. Cover letter highlighting area of interest and experience related to position
  2. CV including complete list of publications and presentations
  3. Contact information for at least three references

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