Electro-Mechanical Technician

Website BrookhavenLab NSLS-II (National Synchrotron Light Source)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

At BNL, the Energy & Photon Sciences (EPS) Directorate is working to solve grand challenges that will create solutions and security for the nation’s energy system. Advances in basic science are the underpinning of transformational discoveries that rely on Brookhaven’s data-driven research, cutting-edge synchrotron science, and leadership in energy science. As part of the capabilities and science focus of the EPS, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is a state-of-the-art 3 GeV electron storage ring. The facility offers scientific and industrial researchers an array of instruments (beamlines) using x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light to enable discoveries in clean and affordable energy, catalysis, high-temperature superconductivity, and more.

Position Description

The SXSS program has a full-time opportunity for an Electro-Mechanical Technician to support Research Operations with a variety of technical assignments that involve complex electro-mechanical systems. We are looking for an individual with direct or transferable experience.  Those without direct experience, but with trades (HVAC, automotive, maritime/aero-space) or military technical training are encouraged to apply. We seek individuals with a high degree of organizational ability (planning complex hands-on tasks and managing materials) that also bring a questioning attitude when approaching assigned tasks.  Sound judgment and a healthy appreciation for “what can go wrong” is a must.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under general technical direction, you will perform a wide variety of highly skilled technical assignments in support of the scientific and professional staff.

  • You will work on specific tasks, requiring a high degree of proficiency in technical skills and techniques in such areas as fabrication, evaluation, testing, operation, maintenance or construction of equipment, systems and facilities involved with scientific investigations.

  • You may direct or coordinate the work efforts of other technical support personnel assigned to a specific project.

Position Requirements

  • The equivalence of a technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or technical field, and at least four (4) years of relevant work experience. 

  • General mechanical and/or electronics systems assembly and maintenance.

  • Manual dexterity and experience working with hand and power tools for assembly and disassembly of equipment, including fine work for one-of-a-kind systems with often expensive and fragile components. 

  • Ability to locate and work from procedures, drawings, electrical schematics, user manuals and verbal instructions.

  • Proficiency in installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of systems (like electrical, mechanical, vacuum, plumbing, cryogenic, or gas systems).

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot systems in support of evaluation, testing, operation, maintenance, using specific computer systems.

  • Purchase, prepare and supply any tooling or fixtures necessary for the operation of the beamline components and laboratory equipment, maintaining supply and equipment inventories.

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technicians, vendors/contractors and safety representatives.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Fabrication experience with milling machines and/or lathe (manual or CNC) with demonstrated knowledge of machine shop practices.

  • Proficiency in the design, installation, optimization, maintenance and troubleshooting of electromechanical, vacuum, cryogenic and gas systems under both manual and remote control.

  • Any experience supporting research through electrical/mechanical design, fabrication, maintenance of scientific equipment at university, corporate or government institutions. Supporting technical operations in other sectors, like military or maritime, is also favorable, especially if time pressure / component availability challenges are met with by demonstrated technical proficiency.

  • Any combination of experience related to: electronics and controls (including motion and temperature controllers) ; low/high pressure gas systems and vacuum/UHV operations; cryogenic cooling systems;  complex assemblies of scientific equipment using specialized tools.

  • Managing or performing cable termination, cable routing, and rack mount equipment installation


Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Lifting, moderate 15-30 lbs

  • Ability to hear alarms

  • Mental sharpness

  • Physical coordination and balance

  • Arm/hand dexterity

  • Vision, good near and normal color

  • Hear and understand speech

  • Alertness

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

Other Information:

  • Visa sponsorship for this position is not available.
  • Candidate will be placed at the level commensurate with depth and breadth of experience.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)

  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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