Advanced Photon Source

An Office of Science National User Facility

Synchrotron-related Job Openings

To post a position, please submit job description, prerequisites, and contact information to Linda Carlson at carlson@aps.anl.gov. Please note that postings are removed by request or one year after the original posting date.

 

Current Openings:

Description

Posting Date

  • SENIOR RESEARCH ENGINEER
    Southeast Regional Collaborative Access Team (SER-CAT)

Job Summary: The SER-CAT beamline engineer position is a critical component of the highly skilled staffing matrix of the SER-CAT operations team that is required to maintain and improve these research facilities. The SER-CAT beamline engineer will be required to work as part of the operations development team with the SER-CAT operation manager and controls scientist, work independently on highly complex design and integration tasks in all of the defined beamline systems and be able to supervise the SER-CAT Research Engineer III and support staff in the regular maintenance, trouble shooting and repair of components in all of the defined beamline systems. 

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master of science in biological and agricultural engineering and experience in planning and conducting research; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. 

Education/Experience: Bachelor's or master's degree in either an engineering or a related scientific field, and at least 15 years of post-educational work experience; preferably at a synchrotron facility. Ability to pass DOE/APS security clearance procedures and safety tests 

Additional Skills:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in either an engineering or scientific related field.
  • Strong working knowledge of synchrotron beamline monochromators.
  • Strong working knowledge of a common drawing package such as Auto-CAD or similar.
  • Strong working knowledge of cryogenic systems.
  • Strong working knowledge of vacuum technology.
  • Strong working knowledge of servo and stepper motors and their requisite amplifiers and drivers.
  • Strong working knowledge of control hardware for delta-tau motion controllers.
  • Strong working knowledge of Allen Bradly PLCs. 

For more information or to apply, please visit https://www.ugajobsearch.com/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp. and search for posting number 20161999.

November 8, 2016
  • SYNCHROTRON BEAMLINE ENGINEER
  • Eli Lilly beamline (LRL-CAT) at APS

I am currently looking for a Beamline Engineer to join my team. This individual will be responsible for the daily maintenance and running of Eli Lilly’s Macromolecular Crystallography beamline (LRL-CAT) at the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, IL, USA), for diffraction data collection/data delivery to users, and for the design, procurement, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of beamline upgrades.  

If you know someone who would be a great fit, can you please share this opportunity with him/her?  To review the requirements of this position and/or share the job description with those you think may be interested, please use the following link:

https://careers.lilly.com/job/san-diego/synchrotron-beamline-engineer/410/3148982

I welcome any referrals, so if you have confirmed interest from someone in your network, please let me know.

Thank you for your help in bringing the best talent to Lilly.

Jordi Benach, PhD
Head of Operations, LRL-CAT
Principal Research Scientist, DCRT
Eli Lilly and Company

 

October 7, 2016
  • Advanced Photon Source (APS), Director of the Accelerator Systems Division (ASD)
Argonne invites applications for the position of Director of the Accelerator Systems Division, one of three divisions comprising the Advanced Photon Source. The APS is a high-brightness, hard x-ray light source and attracts approximately 5,000 scientific users each year. The Accelerator Systems Division provides engineering and physics support for the Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source and pursues research and development profitable to the science of accelerators and future light source technologies. Additionally, the APS is currently planning a facility-wide upgrade that will increase the brightness of its x-ray beams by two orders of magnitude.
 
If you would like to apply for the position you can visit http://www.anl.gov/careers/apply-job/external-applicants?locale=en-us&cpUrl=http://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_argonnelab/external/en-us/gateway.do%3FfunctionName%3DviewFromLink%26jobPostId%3D4580%26localeCode%3Den-us  and refer to requisition #401583. Please forward the advertisement to anyone you think might be qualified or interested.
September 27, 2016
  • INSTRUMENT DESIGNER AND MAKER
  • The University of Chicago, Division of Physical Sciences

The University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Instrument Designer and Maker to fill a highly technical role providing fabrication support helping the advancement of research. The Instrument maker will operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. The majority of these tasks will be machining in nature and require a deep expertise in all types of machining, including understanding of geometric tolerancing and competency with CNC programming using software and conversational controllers as well as familiarity with CAD systems (SolidWorks and Inventor).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Machine parts to specifications. Fabricating parts is a fundamental role for the position. This is not a "set-up only" position. The position requires machining, assembling and/or erecting, testing and modifying mechanical systems for instrumentation and equipment.
  • Performs all aspects of milling, both manual and CNC, and lathe work.
  • Works with very close tolerances, for example, common tolerances of +/-0.001" or less
  • Uses secondary operations equipment such as electric and manual hand tools, drill press, free-hand and surface grinding, polishing, etc.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints, sketches and verbal instructions for project work;
  • Coordinates activities within tasks and projects insuring all objectives are met according to performance, cost and delivery estimates; tracks costs of labor and materials.
  • Ensures flexibility to work from verbal instructions and documents the solution; suggests new,  additional or complementary fabrication equipment and machinery for use by the team.
  • Supports customers from the internal research community; excellent communication and customer service skills are vital to the role.
  • Maintains a high level of attention to detail and broadly understands machining of materials (polymers and metals) and finishes; performs other duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications: Vocational or other degree and /or equivalent related experience; minimum of six (6) years as an R&D machinist, tool maker, or similar. CNC programming experience for milling machine operations. Demonstrated technical skills in all aspects of milling and lathe operations. Preferred Qualifications: Degree in machine tool technology or similar field or Journeyman Machinist or Tool and Die Maker with documentation of Apprenticeship. Experience in mechanical assembly, 3D modeling and drafting. Ability to weld either MIG or TIG. Ability to do soldering and brazing preferred.

To Apply: Visit https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu and search for posting/requisition # 101046

This position is represented by the International Association of Machinists (I.A.M.), Local 701 – Mechanics.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.
Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773- 834-1841 or email talentacquisition@uchicago.edu with their request.

August 11, 2016
  • SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Physics Department, Illinois Institute of Technology
 
A Senior Research Associate (equivalent to Postdoc) position is available in the Physics Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology contingent upon the receipt of funding for an awarded project. A Ph.D. awarded after August 2012 and experience in either synchrotron radiation techniques, transmission electron microscopy, atom probe, tensile testing, radiation damage in steels, or pulsed laser deposition are required. The project will require handling radioactive materials. Candidates should have a degree in Physics, Materials Science, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, or other closely related field.

My group has a variety of projects ongoing including the investigation of radiation damage in structural materials and nuclear fuels; chemical reactivity and composition of nuclear fuels and claddings; and environmental speciation of actinides. Work on these projects will be conducted at the Advanced Photon Source, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, and the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility. The senior research associate will be expected to work with a team of graduate and undergraduate students; researchers from National Laboratories; and collaborators from other Universities. The candidate will be involved with sample preparation work, sample characterization measurements, instructing students and collaborators. The candidate will be expected to publish experimental results in scientific journals; present results at scientific meetings; travel to the National User Facilities as necessary; and be capable of working under the safety envelopes of all potential work sites.

The postion is available on Aug 1, 2016, and is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for 2 additional years. The annual salary depends on experience and qualifications. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to Professor Jeff Terry (terryj@iit.edu). This position will be open until filled. 

The Illinois Institute of Technology (located in Chicago, IL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
August 1, 2016
  • CONTROL SYSTEMS ENGINEER, Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated, talented Control Systems Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff) to support the research activities at a first-of-its-kind experimental user facility: The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials on under extreme conditions. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena can be undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.  

The location for this WSU position is the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.  We are looking to hire an individual who can implement and support custom control systems in a fast-paced, research environment.  This position is responsible for implementing and maintaining equipment controls (both hardware and software), as well as instrumentation interfaces for data acquisition and storage.

Responsibilities for this entry level position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Participate in the development and implementation of control systems for a broad range of experimental equipment. Standard hardware platforms and protocols include VME, Allen Bradley PLC, ModBus, Serial, and Ethernet. 
  2. Develop and deploy EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) software in support of user operations at DCS. 
  3. Conduct maintenance and upgrades for: beamline and equipment controls, custom instrumentation, data acquisition hardware and software, data storage and back-ups, and network hardware and software.
  4. Manage maintenance of Windows servers and Linux workstations, deployment of computers for laboratory usage, and data backup procedures and systems.
  5. Contribute effectively to all aspects of the DCS User Facility; maintaining information system technologies utilized in the experimental facilities; ordering hardware components and software; and working effectively in a team setting.

Qualifications

Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for the position: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field with controls system programming experience in a technical environment.
  • Strong hands-on ability in building and programming control systems, including FPGA programming.
  • Demonstrated ability in C/C++ programming and a working knowledge of programming and scripting languages, such as Java, IDL, MATLAB, Python, Linux shell scripting, LabVIEW and OrCAD (Schematic Entry using OrCAD Capture & Board Level Layout using OrCAD PCB Editor).
  • Experience with motion control hardware and software.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.
  • Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a scientific or engineering environment.
  • Working knowledge of EPICS software.
  • Working knowledge of Pulsed Power Systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in administering Windows servers, as well as Linux and Windows workstations

Applications
Applicants should submit a letter of application explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position and date of availability; detailed curriculum vitae; and the contact information for three professional references via email (preferred) to:  dcs.info@wsu.edu or via mail to:

Ms. Kristin Ahrens
The Dynamic Compression Sector
9700 S. Cass Ave, 438F Room F001
Lemont, IL 60439

To ensure consideration, please specify the position (DCS Control Systems Engineer) for which you are applying. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

Additional information about the Institute for Shock Physics and Washington State University follows:

THE INSTITUTE FOR SHOCK PHYSICS
The Institute has ongoing research activities at the following three locations:

  • Institute for Shock Physics - Pullman, WA:  Combining research innovations and rigorous education (shock.wsu.edu)
  • Dynamic Compression Sector - Argonne, IL:  Frontier of dynamic compression science (first-of-a-kind worldwide user facility) located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (dcs-aps.wsu.edu)
  • Applied Sciences Laboratory - Spokane, WA: Transforming science into practical solutions (asl.wsu.edu)

Washington State University
Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and is located in Pullman with regional campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.  Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH:  Research Universities (very high research activity). Current enrollment is approximately 28,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University offers more than 200 fields of study, with 95 majors for undergraduates, 76 master’s degree programs, 66 doctoral degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs.  Academically, the University is organized into 11 colleges (Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Honors; Medical Sciences, Nursing; Pharmacy; Veterinary Medicine) and a Graduate School.  WSU is establishing a medical school with preliminary accreditation anticipated by the summer of 2016. For more information, please visit www.wsu.edu.

WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

For more information and instructions for how to submit an application, please click here to review the Notice of Vacancy.

February 29, 2016
  • RESEARCH ENGINEER (HIGH INTENSITY LASER)
  • Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated, talented experimentalist (with strong laser expertise) to develop and support laser-shock experiments at a first-of-its-kind user facility:  The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials on ns-µs time scales and at multiple length scales.  Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena will be undertaken in single event experiments through real-time, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.  We are looking to hire a Research Engineer who enjoys hands-on experimental work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment.

The location for this WSU position is the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments, including experiments that utilize a pulsed 100-Joule high energy laser system to dynamically compress materials to millions of atmospheres of pressure. It is expected that the DCS laser development and other responsibilities associated with laser-shock experiments will constitute the primary focus for this position until the DCS laser is installed and becomes operational (Summer 2016).

Responsibilities for this entry level position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Participate in all aspects of the development and installation of the 100J laser system (including associated optical system for beam delivery) and target chamber.  The laser is under construction now and is expected to be operational in Summer 2016.
  2. Once the laser system is installed at the DCS, participate in its operation and use for laser-shock research activities. This includes quantifying and archiving the laser performance for each shot.
  3. Working with the Laser Physicist, document, and maintain safe operating procedures related to the laser and its control areas at the DCS.
  4. Configure and operate the X-ray detector systems, and other optical diagnostics, as needed for laser-shock experiments.
  5. Work with the DCS users to prepare for experiments in advance.  This includes providing guidelines for experimental design, as well as personnel safety and equipment operating procedures.
  6. Contribute effectively to all aspects of the various research projects including optimal and safe operations of the experimental facilities; ensure availability of experimental components, equipment and supplies; and working effectively in a team setting to advance the DCS research activities.
  7. Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks; conduct and analyze research experiments, and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
  8. Propose modifications to the laser to enhance its performance, capabilities, and operations.  Upon approval, ensure these are implemented in a timely manner.

The 100J laser at the DCS is a state-of-the-art laser being built to routinely perform well-characterized, dynamic compression experiments involving X-ray measurements.  The optimal performance of the laser system is a key element of the DCS research objectives.  The flexibility of laser-driven dynamic compression experiments will present unique and exciting challenges and opportunities.

Qualifications

Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for the position: 

  • A recent Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field with a strong experimental background in lasers and optics.  (Candidates with M.S. degrees and appropriate post-graduate experience will also be considered for a staff position).
  • Demonstrated strong hands-on ability with design and fabrication of instruments and experimental components related to the position responsibilities.
  • Strong interest in being involved in all aspects of laser-shock experiments.
  • Good familiarity with hardware and software required to support user experiments on a large scale laser. 
  • Good computer skills, including experience with technical/design/scientific programs, such as LabView, SolidWorks, and Matlab.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.
  • Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas

Background in dynamic compression research is not required for this position.  However, a strong, hands-on experimental background and skills related to laser experiments are essential.  In addition, experience with x-ray diffraction techniques and analysis is desired. The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive.  Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement plans.

Applications

Applicants should submit a letter of application explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position and date of availability; detailed curriculum vitae; and the contact information for three professional references via email (preferred) to:  dcs.info@wsu.edu or via mail to

Ms. Kristin Ahrens
The Dynamic Compression Sector
9700 S. Cass Ave, 438F Room F001
Lemont, IL 60439

To ensure consideration, please specify the position (DCS Research Engineer – High Intensity Laser) for which you are applying. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

For more information and instructions for how to submit an application, please click here to review the Notice of Vacancy.

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Linda Carlson (carlson@aps.anl.gov)

 

 

Last updated: 11/8/2016