Power Supply Engineer I/II/III

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 Power Supply Engineer will design, fabricate, install, test, and maintain power supply systems and related auxiliary equipment.

Assigned scope

Major position responsibilities

  • Perform preventive maintenance, repair, spare power supply, and spare parts management for assigned equipment.
  • Keep consistent accurate records of maintenance tasks and results.
  • Indicate areas of improvement, which noticeably lower failure rates.
  • Construct, modify, and assist in developing engineering prototypes accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Seek critical evaluation of designs.
  • Maintain an accurate and factual documentation of developing processes.
  • Independently find means to improve productivity and implements alternative methods.
  • Fabricate and install and/or manages the fabrication and installation of electronic systems as required.
  • Foresee any potential problem areas and notifies line manager.
  • Continually strive to improve productivity, quality, and uniformity.
  • Assist in generating electronic documentation and insures that documents are available, up-to-date, and complete for all assigned equipment.
  • Check availability and location of all documentation and locates missing documents on a weekly basis,
  • Manage, maintain, and supports installations of power supply systems throughout the laboratory.
  • Determine ways to optimize power supply systems without making overly complex.

Position duties

Team member

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

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  • Produce quality work independently and present and report on findings.
  • Direct the requirements and responsibilities of multiple team members simultaneously and with exemplary quality while under pressure.
  • Manage and delegate multiple assignments and deliver quality analysis and work under time constrained deadlines Develop, implement, and administer division/department policies and procedures.
  • Enhance, interpret, and analyze new systems and project information.
  • 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.
  • Analyze, identify, pursue, and implement new initiatives.
  • Supervise work of diverse teams and/or groups.
  • Serve as Responsible Person for Export Control Access Control Plan.
  • Develop, record, analyze, and present metrics to demonstrate efficacy and add-value of assigned work scope.
  • Communicate effectively to senior management.


  • The job requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in physics, electronics, mechanical, and/or electrical drafting, fabrication techniques, heat transfer, cryogenics, and computer systems; and may require experience in the use of CAD and/or related engineering systems, including file transfer; experience in the use of exotic metals, including knowledge of their properties, in the fabrication and assembly of sophisticated research equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work direction and interfaces

  • Reports to group leader or department manager.
  • Interfaces 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 careers.msu.edu, search for posting number 492760 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