Industrial Systems Staff 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

FRIB is searching for an Industrial Systems Staff Engineer to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will develop and implement a rationalized, risk-based maintenance approach for the one-of-a-kind non-accelerator mechanical and electrical systems at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) to optimally support the discovery potential of FRIB.

Major position responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a risk-based maintenance approach for the one-of-a-kind non-accelerator systems at FRIB
  • Support system owners in developing lean practices resulting in cost-optimized, high-availability operation
  • Coordinate approaches across divisions and systems in a learning-organization based on continuous improvement



  • A masters degree in engineering
  • At least ten years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility in project management and/or maintenance management in a complex and/or highly regulated environment
  • Excellent communication, planning, organizational and leadership skills to successfully accomplish our goals


  • Experience with Lean Six Sigma
  • Experience with CAD/CAE
  • Experience with technical risk management for one-of-a-kind systems

Position Duties

CA Engineer

  • Execute the completion of systems and progressive science and technology
  • Complete work to achieve milestones and goals
  • Motivate employees to build a success-oriented culture
  • Follow lab-wide policies, procedures, and standards
  • Deliver assigned project work package requirements
  • Manage resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems
  • Execute work to meet project objectives
  • Excellent communication skill to present approaches, plans, and findings both verbally and through written reports to peers, management, and external stakeholders

Team Member

  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule)
  • Plan to perform work in a safe manner
  • Perform work with quality

Work Direction and Interfaces

  • Interfaces with Department of Energy (DOE), FRIB Project Office staff, Control Account Managers (CAMs), senior management team, and support personnel


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 454573 and follow the application process. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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

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