Mechanical Research Engineer (Research Support Specialist II)

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CLASSE operates world-class facilities and carries out research driven by Cornell faculty in the fields of beam physics, photon science, particle and astrophysics in order to expand scientific knowledge, educate students and inspire the public.

The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based ScienceS and Education (CLASSE) studies particle beams and accelerators, photon science, particle physics and the early universe, and serves students, the public and scientists from Cornell and around the world. The research missions of this laboratory are in many respects unique in the world.

Primary responsibilities of the Mechanical Research Engineer position are:

  • Engineer, design, and monitor the fabrication of highly specialized equipment for particle accelerators and X-Ray/Opto-mechanical components.
  • Collaborate with accelerator physicists, engineers, and technical support staff to develop designs for complex new devices, requiring innovative designs and fundamental analysis of sophisticated thermal and mechanical systems.
  • Translate concepts into detailed engineering drawings, carry out design and analysis, and identify potential problems and solutions.
  • Monitor the fabrication of components, which sometimes includes multiple, complex pieces being integrated into an effective system.
  • Participate in the installation and commissioning and provide support through the lifetime of custom equipment.
  • Document and maintain information relevant to custom equipment.
  • Coordinate and participate in the construction, assembly, installation, and commissioning of respective devices and equipment.
  • Present project results at meetings and respond to questions concerning engineering design and operation.
  • Assist in the preparation of research papers, reports, and articles for publication.

Qualifications and Education Requirement:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field plus 3-5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination is required.
  • Demonstrated facility with commercial 3-D CAD programs, specifically Autodesk Inventor.
  • Familiarity with FEA Software as related to thermal, mechanical, and coupled analysis (e.g., ANSYS).
  • Demonstrated understanding of precision machining practices such as conventional turning, milling, and NC machine tool capabilities is required.
  • Ability to work efficiently within tight schedules and demonstrated ability to work in an environment of multiple, overlapping, dynamic and complex projects including international collaborations.
  • Capable of adapting to the changing needs of a research environment.
  • Able to receive directions and to communicate effectively across all research groups in the department.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively within a team environment.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in cooling of electro-mechanical devices.
  • Experience in engineering and design of particle accelerator and X-Ray/Opto-mechanical related components.
  • Experience with specialty materials such as 316 SS, Niobium, Titanium, 6061 Al, PEEK, Copper, Tungsten, etc.
  • Familiarity with UHV equipment design and UHV practices.
  • Familiarity in the design/engineering of cryogenic equipment.
  • Familiarity in computer scripting and/or programming languages.
  • Familiar with design concerns regarding radiation and high voltage safety issues as related to accelerator X-Ray/Opto-mechanical components and systems.
  • Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position. Please apply online at

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