Superconducting Mechanical Design Engineer I

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 Mechanical Engineer I will execute work to meet superconducting cryomodule and magnets project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule).

Assigned scope

Major position responsibilities

  • Use 2-D and 3-D drawings and models produced by designers and engineers in order to create detail drawings.
  • Extensive use of GD&T.
  • Produce and document effective design solutions by developing concepts, performing engineering calculations, and creating CAD designs/details.
  • Provide engineering support for fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of technical equipment.
  • Interacts with project leader and subject matter experts to transform technical requirements into design solutions.
  • Assist project leader and subject matter experts in reviewing design layouts, budgets, project documentation, construction, testing, modification of hardware and software, and/or the installation of sub-systems.

Position duties

Team member

  • Execute work to meet milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule).
  • Execute work according to approved work control plans.
  • Stop work when discrepant conditions are encountered and inform line management.
  • Perform work with quality and in a safe manner.

APA 10

  • Produce quality work under close line manager supervision.
  • Complete the requirements of multiple team members with quality.
  • Perform multiple assignments and deliver quality products.
  • Follow division/department policies and procedures.
  • Complete work and trainings in new systems and understand project information.
  • Deliver assigned project work package requirements.
  • Manage resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems.
  • Execute work to meet project objectives.
  • Accountable for quality of work deliverables.


  • The job requires a bachelor’s degree in systems or computer science; or engineering or physics, with coursework in systems or computer science; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in electronics, mechanical, and/or electrical drafting and fabrication techniques, or computer programming in one or more languages used by the NSCL; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Experience with SolidWorks.
  • Experience in the design and fabrication of sophisticated research equipment.
  • Work experience in fabrication techniques, cryogenic systems, electronics, mechanical and electronic drafting, and computer systems.
  • Ability to work with export controlled materials.

Work direction and interfaces

  • Report to group leader or department manager.
  • Interface with team members, project leaders, subject matter experts, and suppliers


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 514991 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:
Support Staff