Current Openings

Accelerator Engineer

Position: Accelerator Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Full-time position for research and development engineer to work on increasing functionality and reliability of hardware systems for superconducting particle accelerators. These include high voltage, cryogenic, vacuum, and high-power radiofrequency systems that support high-power electron beams for isotope production.

Job Duties:

-Commission and operate particle accelerators for R&D and production

-Document commissioning results and operation work

-Work with accelerator physicists in understanding and improving performance

-Assist, physicists,  engineers, manufacturing and assembly groups in the construction of new accelerator installations

occasional shift work

Required skills:

-Ability to analyze measurement data and present conclusions

-Problem-solving skills in operating hardware

-Ability to thrive in an R&D environment

-Participate in a team to produce working hardware from an idea

-Operate in a multi-functional environment facilitating activities

-Affinity for details

-Ability to develop capabilities in a broad spectrum of technical areas

Desired skills:

-Experience in operating accelerator hardware

-Experience in working in a multi-functional team

Desired education:

-Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in the fields of science or technology

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Accelerator Operator

Position: Accelerator Operator

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Full-time position for accelerator operator to operate superconducting particle accelerators and associated hardware. This job will involve completing a wide-ranging training program in the support and controls systems for running a high-power electron beam for isotope production. Operators keep systems running and also collaborate with engineers and physicists develop and test new hardware systems.

Job Duties:

-Commission and operate particle accelerators and particle accelerator components for R&D and isotope production

-Document and report commissioning results and operation work

-Work with accelerator physicists in understanding and improving performance

-Assist physicists, engineers, manufacturing, and assembly groups in the construction of new accelerator installations

-Shift work in accelerator operations

Required skills:

-Ability to analyze measurement data and present conclusions

-Problem-solving skills in operating or troubleshooting hardware/software

-Ability to thrive in an R&D environment

-Participate in a team to produce working hardware from an idea

-Ability to develop capabilities in a broad spectrum of technical areas

-Proficiency with test equipment

Desired skills:

-Experience in operating accelerator hardware

-Experience in working in a multi-functional team

Desired education:

-Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or similar, or, especially, equivalent technical experience

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Electrical Engineer

Position: Electrical Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Full-time position for an electrical engineer to design, build, test, and manage support and diagnostics systems for superconducting particle accelerators. High-power radio frequency systems for superconducting particle accelerators involve slow and fast controls, beam diagnostics, and high-power microwave engineering with an emphasis on robust designs that can operate long-term in a challenging production environment.

Job Duties:

-Take responsibility for study, design, development, testing, commissioning, and upgrading of Niowave’s systems for present and future accelerators

-Manage staff performing electrical work throughout the company

-Coordinate work with controls engineers

-Contribute to the operation of particle accelerators and peripheral equipment/technology

-Conduct optimization work on existing systems, perform measurements and validation tests

-Confirm system capabilities by designing testing methods

-Establish operational procedures and safety documentation

-Carry out analog circuit simulations as well as numerical field calculations to produce engineering specifications for system upgrades and future systems

-Interfacing electronics with system controls

Required skills:

-Demonstrated experience in analog circuit simulations and design of power electronics and resonant circuits

-Experience in carrying out measurements using various test equipment

-Initial experience in finite element computation for electromagnetic fields

-Analysis and modelling in power electronics and microwave circuits

-Electromagnetic calculation and modelling

-Electro-mechanical construction

-Ability to analyze measurement data and present conclusions

-Problem-solving skills in operating hardware

Desired education and experience:

-Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree or equivalent relevant experience in the fields of electrical engineering, power electronics, or similar (senior-level technical experience and advanced degree holders highly sought)

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Electrical Technician

Position: Electrical Technician

Primary Focus: System Support for Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: This full-time position will work with other technicians, engineers, accelerator operators and physicists to provide on-site technical support for high-power radio frequency supplies, transmission lines, and accessories. The individual will aid in the build and support of accelerators by routing control cables and testing of system components.

Job Duties:

– Commission, install, and document the performance of high-power solid state and vacuum tube amplifiers

– Diagnose failures and assist in repair, replacement, and improvement

– Assemble, test, and document the performance of RF transmission, measurement, and tuning structures (waveguides, bidirectional couplers, coaxial cables)

– Work with vendors of electrical equipment during troubleshooting

– Work with technicians, accelerator operators, engineers, and physicists to build, test, and deploy system components

– Routing and terminating electrical controls wiring

Required skills:

– Electrical circuit debugging

– Soldering

– Familiarity with use of common electrical tools (multimeters, oscilloscopes)

– Familiarity with common mechanical hardware and hand tools

– Ability to read electrical schematics and wiring diagrams

– Organizational skills

– Familiarity with Microsoft Office application suite

Desired education and experience:

– Associate in Electronics or related field

– 2+ years relevant experience

– Familiarity with RF and microwave electronics

– Familiarity with PLCs

– Familiarity with wiring and usage of electrical service power (120/208 V, 277/480 V, single and three phase)

– Experience ordering and stocking inventory

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 Health Physicist

Position: Health Physicist

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: The ideal candidate will provide a combination of radiation safety and license compliance support while conducting hands on isotope production experiments by fully integrating themselves into Niowave’s isotope production program. You will be working side by side with a team of radiochemists, physicists, and engineers to produce, extract, and characterize radioisotopes. The candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the knowledge and ability to clearly communicate risk and regulatory compliance to a diverse group of employees.

Job Duties Include:

· Target fabrication, irradiation, and isotope extraction

· Handling of sealed and unsealed radioactive sources

· Radiological contamination surveys

· α and γ spectroscopy and analysis

Desired Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in Health Physics or related field

· Hands on experience performing laboratory research and physical experimentation

· Knowledge of radiation interactions with matter, radiation dosimetry, and spectroscopy

· Able to detect, identify, and quantify unknown sources of ionizing radiation

· Familiarity with best practices for chemical hygiene and radiochemical hazards

· Understanding of NRC regulations as well as State of Michigan (or similar) rules for machine produced radiation

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 Mechanical Engineer

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Job Duties Include:

· Work with designers and applications engineers to generate 3D model and prints for various accelerator and radioisotope R&D and production systems

· Work with technicians on assembly, alignment, and testing

· Design and implement gas handling and ventilation systems

· Build and test prototype systems

· Create piping and instrumentation diagrams

· Select equipment for fast paced R&D as well as long-term production.

Required Qualifications:

· BS, MS, or PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

· Knowledge of CAD design fundamentals and past work with design (Solidworks preferred).

· Knowledge of fluid dynamics (compressible and incompressible) and of heat transfer in water, gases, etc. and of thermodynamics.

· Experience with general shop fabrication and assembly and experience interfacing with shop personnel.

Desired Qualifications:

· Knowledge of equipment including pumps, heat exchangers, and Swagelok fittings is highly desirable.

· Knowledge of ASME codes and standards.

· Experience working with cryogenic fluids.

· Experience working with vacuum or pressurized systems.

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 Nuclear Engineer

Position: Nuclear Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: This position will work on aspects of designing, implementing, and operating irradiation systems in Niowave’s isotope production program including nuclear reactor design, simulations, and experimentation.

Job Duties Include:

· Participate in irradiation experiments and post-irradiation examination of uranium or radium targets.

· Data analysis and documentation of irradiation experiments.

· Neutronics and/or mechanical design of uranium target assembly and relevant monitoring and operational sub-systems.

· Water and liquid metal thermal-hydraulics.

Desired Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in Nuclear Engineering or related fields.

· Hands on experience performing laboratory research and physical experimentation.

· Knowledge of fundamental concepts in nuclear engineering including: neutronics, radiation detection methods, radiation interactions with matter, and thermal-hydraulics.

· Familiarity with research reactor neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, monitoring and controls, or auxiliary systems.

· Experience with reactor benchmarking or measurement experiments.

· Experience with common spectroscopy setups (alpha, beta, gamma, neutron) and ability to detect, identify, and quantify radioactive materials.

· Experience handling open and sealed radioactive sources.

 

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 Nuclear Physicist

Position: Nuclear Physicist

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: This position will work on aspects of designing, implementing, operating, and evaluating irradiation systems in Niowave’s isotope production program including generating isotope inventories, formulating irradiation test plans, simulations, and experimentation.

Job Duties Include:

· Participate in irradiation experiments and post-irradiation examination of uranium or radium targets.

· Data analysis and documentation of irradiation experiments.

· Monte Carlo, GEANT, and ORIGEN simulations of activation or fission based experiments.

Desired Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in Nuclear Physics or related fields.

· Hands on experience performing laboratory research and physical experimentation.

· Knowledge of nuclear physics theory including energy levels, fission, spin/parity, isomers, magic numbers, etc.

· Ability to calculate growth and decay of radioactive nuclei and their progeny.

· Knowledge and experience with MCNP, GEANT, and ORIGIN

· Experience performing accelerator based activation experiments.

· Experience with common detection systems (alpha, beta, gamma, neutron).

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Machinist/Welder

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Full-time, hourly position with benefits for a self-motivated individual with a good attitude who can meet planned timelines. Strong experience in both machining and welding is required.

Job Duties Include:

-Machining and fabrication of parts using specialized materials such as niobium, stainless steel, niobium/titanium alloys, coppers and plastics

-Precision machining with manual and CNC mills and lathes

-Programming CNC equipment with Mastercam or similar software

-Welding, including:

–TIG welding

—-Welding stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, copper, titanium, niobium, and other exotic metals

—-Welds from thin to thick (.010” – .5”)

—-Experience with helium leak tight welds a plus

-Set up work, tooling, and fixturing

-Machine maintenance

-Fabrication

—-Sheet rolling, pierce and draw tubing, stamping/pressing

-Inspection

-Assembly

-Attention to detail

Desired Qualifications:

-Minimum 10 years’ combined experience in welding and machining (3 years min both welding and machining)

-Knowledge of speeds, feeds, and new cutter geometry and coatings

-Experience with R&D environment and working with prototype parts

-Able to successfully complete a welding test

-Able to successfully pass a machining test

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