Process Engineer
Jefferson Lab
Newport News, VA

$78,000 - $120,000 a year

Job ID #: 12073 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Accelerator Ops, R & D
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 4+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

Position Description

SALARY RANGE: $78,400 - $123,800 (SE II)

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 700 people, including physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more. From probing the basic building blocks of matter to performing advanced computing and applied research, we are on the leading edge of science and technology. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab!

We are currently seeking a Process Engineer ….

As a member of the Accelerator Division’s SRF Operations Department, the incumbent will provide technical expertise to develop, define and improve advanced SRF cavity surface treatment techniques and clean assembly practices to maximize the performance of SRF cavities and cryomodules. The incumbent will transfer and incorporate proven, optimized methods into SRF production groups through hands-on participation in production processes and direct training of technical staff.

All of these applications will be in direct support of ongoing operations of the accelerators at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) with the focus to improve cryomodule performance through application of advanced treatment methods. The immediate primary focus will be associated with the development and application of processes, such as plasma-based material processing which are aimed at reducing field emission in operating cryomodules.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct studies to define best methods to reduce and eliminate contamination in SRF cavities
Develop, design and implement successful processes, including plasma and chemical based processes and systems
Develop and design new chemical and cleaning processes and procedures for SRF cavity surface finishing
Develop and implement process tracking and quality control systems
Optimize cavity surface treatment and cleaning processes
Develop detailed specifications and quality control documentation for cavity processes
Define technical process requirements to guide improvements to production equipment
Lead and participate in process improvement projects
Review operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems
Troubleshoot and diagnose process deficiencies
Provide general engineering support for all production processes
Assist in the design and fabrication of production tooling and fixtures
Troubleshoot process problems and identify solutions to improve overall quality

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
In-depth understanding of chemical engineering principles
Knowledgeable of plasma-based principles and processes with the ability to apply to superconducting RF cavities
Knowledgeable of chemical etching techniques with the ability to apply to superconducting RF cavities
Knowledgeable of high purity cleaning and surface preparation techniques with the ability to apply to SRF production processes.
Knowledgeable in the development, design and application of materials surface treatment processes
Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate activities and resources in a manufacturing environment in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications
Knowledgeable in the creation of P&I diagrams, flow control, and valve and piping installation
Able to work in collaboration with others to solve complex problems
Able to work independently unsupervised to carry out complex tasks and solve complex problems
Able to communicate effectively the results and challenges of on-going projects to fellow staff and management in both oral and written form
Ability to train, coach, and supervise critical technique-dependent clean room and bench-level chemical activities
Able to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously

Education and Experience:
A minimum of a BS Chemical Engineering from an accredited university with a minimum of four years of direct experience as a process engineer. An advanced technical degree is preferred.
Direct experience developing, designing and implementing chemical processes
Experience with plasma-based treatment processes is desired
Experience with electro and acid based chemical etching and high pressure rinsing of SRF cavities is desired
Expertise in SRF cavity production processes, tools and equipment is desired
Demonstrated track record of successful completion of projects

Mental Requirements

Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks
Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions
Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models
Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

Physical Requirements

Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
Ability to carry up to 40 lbs.
Ability to access and work in confined spaces
Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, and see safety alarms
Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
Visual acuity and keyboarding capabilities sufficient to use production and engineering software
Mechanical dexterity sufficient to handle and assemble technical components with weights up to 50 lbs
Ability to safely wear appropriate chemistry PPE and clean room garb for extended periods and have personal habits consistent with ISO 4 clean room work performance

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program. Generally, such programs include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States.