Accelerator Systems Division Installation Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Under construction on campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. 

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

The Accelerator Systems Division (ASD) Installation Department Project Engineer will provide engineering leadership in the design, integration, production, and installation of technical systems to ensure project designs conform with physics requirements, engineering criteria, and control interfaces, and to successfully deliver integrated systems within the approved project baseline.

 Major position responsibilities

  • Provide engineering support for mechanical, vacuum, and utilities systems in the FRIB Accelerator System
  • Coordinate technical aspects of the project engineering process to produce efficient designs that meet the technical baseline requirements
  • Prepare, present, and implement results and expectations to internal and external review committees
  • Serve as the accelerator systems subject matter expert for specific interpretation of engineering requirements, codes, and standards
  • Implement system requirements, drawing and specification control, review major procurement packages and address Quality Assurance (QA) actions
  • Ensure system compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements
  • Establish and manage engineering standards and procedures, support the design review process, the value engineering program
  • Interface with the accelerator systems, experimental systems, and conventional facilities project engineers to assure integration across functional areas


  • Advanced degree with 10+ years’ experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience 

  • Nationally recognized leader in field of expertise 


  • Nationally recognized contributor in field of expertise

  • Prior experience in accelerator systems

  • Experience with CAD/CAE and Solidworks/ANSYS

  • Prior project management experience

  • Proven success in managing teams

  • Prior experience with federally funded projects

  • Ability to work with export-controlled materials

Position duties

  • Conceive, design, and create new complex systems and progressive science and technology that advance the state of the art

  • Manage, prioritize, and delegate work to achieve milestones and goals

  • Provide leadership and build a success-oriented culture

  • Establish lab-wide policies, procedures, and standards

  • Lead responsibility for department (head), system (lead), and/or project (manager)

  • Deliver project and/or systems work scope within cost and schedule

  • Manage and prioritize work of others

  • Identify, pursue, and implement new initiatives

  • Supervise work of diverse teams and/or groups

  • Execute work to meet project objectives

  • Serve as responsible person for Export Control Access Control Plan (CA or CA system only)

  • Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans, and findings both verbally and through written reports to peers, management, and external stakeholders

Work direction and interfaces

  • Report to department manager

  • Develop strong working relationships across the project with account managers, line managers, suppliers, and project support organizations including environmental safety, procurement, business, project controls, and human resources


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit, search for posting number 492641 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the United States with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree-filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges, and is a center for academic and research activities, as well as the arts and athletics.

The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Type:
Academic Staff