Website CHESS_user The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

From design analysis to commissioning, use your Mechanical Engineering experience and demonstrated mastery of commercial 3-D CAD programs to guide the mechanical development of sophisticated scientific instruments and components. Our lab studies particle beams and accelerators, photon science, particle physics and the early universe. We could use your help!

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.

Our Facilities:

CLASSE has research programs ongoing in multiple buildings across Cornell’s Ithaca campus. We develop and do rapid prototyping of high-tech instruments and equipment to enable and support a wide-range of scientific research from biomedical protein structures to super-tough materials for turbine engines in aircraft. Research is conducted by Cornell faculty, Cornell scientists, and visiting researchers from all over the world.

Our Team:

The Senior Mechanical Research Engineer is part of our mechanical engineering team. This team of 12-15 engineers and designers are responsible for the mechanical design, fabrication, and assembly of all research projects across CLASSE. They interact closely with faculty and staff scientists to take ideas and develop them into innovative, creative solutions to technical research issues and further enable more research to happen.

CLASSE engineers specialize in making unique, one-of-a-kind designs. The research demands are ever-evolving and we are always coming up with new solutions. CLASSE offers the unique opportunity for each engineer to be involved with the entire engineering process – from idea conception with stakeholders – to design, fabrication, installation – to testing, commissioning, and troubleshooting.

Please visit CLASSE’s YouTube page to see more information about this position:

You can also visit the CHESS website and CHESS Youtube page to learn more about CHESS, the X-ray research program that is part of CLASSE.

What you will do:

Primary duties of the Senior Mechanical Research Engineer position are to independently guide the mechanical development of sophisticated scientific instruments and components.  This includes:

  • Collaborating with a variety of internal stakeholders (research scientists and technical staff), and external vendors and companies to engineer, create and implement equipment and solutions to help enable and advance research.
  • Design analysis: perform sophisticated calculations regarding static loads, synchrotron radiation power levels, heat transfer and cooling requirements, etc. Use stress and thermal monitoring software (e.g., ANSYS) to validate design choices.
  • Guiding the fabrication (internally or with vendors) of equipment, visiting vendors as needed.
  • Participating directly in equipment installation and commissioning.
  • Presenting designs at internal reviews and meetings. Assist in preparation of research papers, reports and articles for publication.
  • Providing scoping and budget estimates for proposed projects and grant renewals.  Mentoring students and junior engineers with regard to engineering projects.

What you will need:

  • A Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (or related field) plus 3-5 years relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated mastery with commercial 3-D CAD programs (CLASSE uses Autodesk Inventor).  Demonstrated experience with FEA Software as related to thermal, mechanical, and coupled analysis (e.g., ANSYS).
  • Work history demonstrating success in meeting targets.
  • Knowledge of how to effectively give and receive directions, and to communicate and explain complex designs to general audience.
  • Knowledge of how to work effectively and cooperatively within a team environment
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

What other experience is preferred (but not required):

  • Experience working in a research environment
  • Familiarity of precision machining practices such as conventional turning, milling, and CNC machine tool capabilities and complex setups
  • Experience working on, or with, any of the following:
    • Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) equipment designs and practices
    • Cooling of electro-mechanical devices
    • Design and fabrication of specialty materials such as 316 SS, niobium, titanium, A1, PEEK, copper, tungsten, etc.
    • Design or engineering of cryogenic equipment
    • Computer scripting and/or programming languages
    • Engineering and design of particle accelerator and x-ray/opto-mechanical related components
    • Design concerns regarding radiation

What We Offer:

  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits programs include a competitive salary, comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 13 University paid holidays (including end-of-year winter break through New Year’s Day).
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For full consideration, please attach both a resume and cover letter to your application.

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University Job Title: Research Support Spec III

Job Family:  Academic Support

Level: G

Pay Rate Type: Salary

Pay Range: $75,809.00 – $92,655.00

Contact Name: Lindsey Girodo

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