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Join a fast-growing, high-tech research and manufacturing company located next to beautiful Old Town Lansing. Niowave is a leader in the development of superconducting particle accelerators for the production of medical and industrial radioisotopes. Named the Department of Energy Small Business of the Year in 2010 and winner of the Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts Award in 2016, Niowave is now scaling up to meet a worldwide demand for critical radioisotopes. These include the most-commonly used nuclear medicine tracer, molybdenum-99, and the revolutionary cancer-killing actinium-225.

Accelerator Engineer

Primary Focus: Accelerator Development for 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 and Responsibilities:

-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

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Ability to analyze measurement data and present conclusions

-Problem-solving skills in operating hardware

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

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

-Experience in operating accelerator hardware

-Experience in working in a multi-functional team

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

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Accelerator Operator

Primary Focus: Operation of Accelerators for Isotope Production

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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 to develop and test new hardware systems.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

-Commission and operate particle accelerators and particle accelerator components for 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

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Ability to analyze measurement data and present conclusions

-Problem-solving skills in operating hardware

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

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

-Experience with test equipment

-Experience in working in a multi-functional team

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

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Accelerator Physicist

Primary Focus: Research and Development of High-Power Superconducting Accelerators

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Full-time position for accelerator physicist to develop superconducting particle accelerators. Accelerator physicists also collaborate with engineers to develop and test new hardware systems.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

-Guide accelerator operators and engineers in commissioning and operation of superconducting particle accelerators

-Assess performance of accelerator systems compared with design specifications and production requirements

-Perform calculations of expected electron beam parameters and compare to measurements

-Assist physicists, engineers, manufacturing, and assembly groups in the design of new accelerator hardware

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Ability to develop theoretical models, analyze measurement data and present conclusions

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

-Experience with calculational tools and test equipment

-Experience in working in a multi-functional team

-Master’s or Doctoral degree in Accelerator Physics or similar, or, especially, equivalent technical experience

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Accounting Assistant  (Temporary)

Primary Focus: Assist with accounting and purchasing functions

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Job Duties and Responsibilities:

-Responsible for accounting and purchasing functions including accounts receivable and payables, and inventory.

-Create purchase requisitions and gather approvals.

-Manage and order office and janitorial supplies, obtain quotes and place orders with vendors.

-Coordinate shipping and receiving of goods.

-Answer phones, greet visitors and other general clerical tasks.

-Maintain proper inventory levels of various supplies.

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Degree in accounting preferred.

-Minimum 2 years accounting experience

-General office experience required

-Ability to maintain confidentiality, professionalism and positive work culture

-Proficiency with Excel required

-Experience using Microsoft Suite of Applications required

-Intermediate QuickBooks experience preferred

-Purchasing and Freight experience preferred

-Must have excellent organization skills

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Biomedical Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Full-time position for Biomedical Engineer to assist in the development of medical radioisotopes for cancer therapy and diagnostic purposes.

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CAD Designer

Primary Focus: Design using SolidWorks

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Description:

Job Responsibilities:

-Use computer assisted design/drafting (SolidWorks CAD) equipment and software to develop 2D and 3D designs.

-Work in a self-directed manor as a member of a product development team.

-Prepare and support preliminary and interim technical design reviews.

-Make final sketch of proposed drawing, checking dimension of parts, materials to be used, relation of one part to another, and relation of various parts to whole structure or project including computation of angles, weights, surface areas, dimensions, radii, clearances, tolerances, leverages and locations.

-Utilize knowledge of various metals, engineering practices, mathematics and other physical sciences to complete drawings.

-Draft detailed multi-view drawings of components.

-Update Drafting and Engineering Standards.

-Set up and maintain an organized file system for drawings.

-Work directly with engineers and physicists on project design – providing guidance and support as to overall design.

-Work directly with manufacturing to optimize manufacturability of design.

 

Knowledge and skill requirements:

-Associate’s degree or equivalent from technical school

-Familiar with the application of best practices of mechanical engineering.

-Must have ability to work directly with mechanical, electrical and nuclear engineers on projects and provide value-added support to project design.

-Must have strong communication skills and be able to work in team environment.

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Chemical Engineer

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Chemist/Radiochemist

Primary Focus: Playing a key role in various projects including developing extraction methods for medical and industrial radioisotopes from uranium and radium.

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Job Duties:

-Uranium dissolution and processing to extract fission products (volatiles, lanthanides).

-Radium dissolution and processing to produce alpha-emitters.

-Utilize uranium extraction processes to recycle irradiated uranium.

-Develop remote handling systems for radioactive material.

-Cold chemistry preparation including making solutions, columns, compounds, etc.

-Chemical etching of niobium and other metal parts using buffered chemical polish.

-Commission new equipment with radioactive and non-radioactive chemistry.

-Develop generators to “milk” radioactive isotopes.

Required skills:

-Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

-Experience in a chemical laboratory or related field and experience.

-Analytical and problem solving skills.

-Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

-Excellent communication and reporting and skills.

-Ability to multi-task and adapt in a fast paced environment.

Desired skills:

-Experience working with radioactive material.

-Knowledgable in cGMP regulations.

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Electrical Engineer

Primary Focus: Accelerator Development for Isotope Production

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Full-time position for an electrical engineer to design, build, test, and manage support and diagnostics systems for superconducting particle accelerators. High-power 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 and Responsibilities:

-Design, develop, test, and upgrade systems for present and future accelerators

-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

-Interface electronics with system controls

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree (or equivalent relevant experience) in the fields of electrical engineering, power electronics, etc.

-Experience designing, building and testing hardware

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Electronics Technician

Primary Focus: Support of Accelerator Installations for Isotope Production

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Job Duties:

-Provide on-site technical support for high-power radio frequency supplies, transmission lines, and accessories

-Aid in the build and support of accelerators by routing control cables and testing of system components

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

-Diagnose failures and assist in repair, replacement, and improvements

-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

-Familiarity with PLCs and RF and microwave electronics desired

-Associate’s Degree in Electronics or relation field

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HVAC Technician

Primary Focus: Building Maintenance

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Description: Full-time position for building maintenance specializing in the area of HVAC

Job Duties:

-Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants

-Test pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using pressure gauge or soap-and-water solution.

-Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.

-Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.

-Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that -repairs corrected malfunctions.

-Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

-Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

-Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

-Troubleshooting; Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Required skills:

-Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

-Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of HVAC systems.

-Able to read blueprints.

-Understanding of boiler systems.

-Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Machinist

Primary Focus: R & D Manufacturing to Support Isotope Production

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Job Duties and Responsibilities:

– Responsible for setting up and operating machine tools to produce precision metal and plastic parts.

-Produce small batches or large quantities of metal and plastic parts.

-Ensure products meet precise specifications.

-Operate machine tools such as; lathes, milling machines, and grinders.

-Review electronic or written blueprints and specifications before and after fabrication.

-Select tools and materials to complete job.

-Determine methods and sequences of operations to fabricate products.

-Monitor and control feed rate and speed.

-Ensure workpiece is properly lubricated and/or cooled.

-Observe and listen to machines to detect problems and determine adjustments or repairs needed.

-Discuss with supervisors or engineering to exchange technical information.

-Dismantle machines to examine parts for defects and replace defected parts when needed.

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Computer literate

-Ability to read, understand, and follow standard operation procedures (SOP) and work instructions

-Demonstrated ability to utilize standard tools of the trade

-Ability to work extended hours, including weekends

-Capable of lifting up to 75lbs.

– Minimum 3+ months experience (on the job or schooling)

-Experience with Haas machines a plus

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Maintenance Technician

Primary Focus: Building Maintenance

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Description: Full-time position for maintenance technician with a strong mechanical aptitude.

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Mechanical Engineer

Primary Focus: R & D Manufacturing to Support Isotope Production

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Job Duties and Responsibilities:

-Design, evaluate, and execute tests of mechanical, thermodynamic, fluid, and heat transfer systems

-Project Management

-Inventory Management

-Quality Assurance

-Write technical reports, papers, articles, and presentations

-Operate mechanical systems

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-Bachelors or higher degree in Mechanical Engineering

-Basic understanding of core mechanical engineering topics including but not limited to: Statics, Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Engineering Controls, Mechanical Behavior of Materials

-Creativity and analytical skills

-Effective oral and written technical communication

-Problem solving skills

-Leadership and project management skills

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

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Microbiologist

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Full-time position for Microbiologist to assist in the development of medical radioisotopes for cancer therapy and diagnostic purposes.

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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

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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Robotics and Automation

Primary Focus: Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Implementing and maintaining robotics and automation for equipment used for R&D and isotope production.

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Sr. Electrical Engineer

Primary Focus: Accelerator Development for Isotope Production

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Full-time position for an senior level 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 and Responsibilities:

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

-Collaborate with isotope scientists to meet needs for automated systems

-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

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

-Interface electronics with system controls

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

-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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Sr. Project Manager

Primary Focus:  Guide top priority projects within the company. Reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with engineering and isotope production teams.

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Job Duties and Responsibilities:

-Organizes and guides project operations including subcontracts procurement, manufacturing, assembly, testing, and project closure using professional project management methodologies and tools

-Actively manages the development and preparation of business cases, cost/benefit analysis, and project budgets

-Identifies and negotiates schedules, milestones, and resources required to meet project objectives; prioritizes project tasks based on capacity, due dates and critical paths

-Ensures clear scope and manages scope change, communication, issues and risks to meet project objectives

-Maintains and monitors key project deliverables; evaluates and reports progress in terms of quality, financial, and performance metrics to relevant stakeholders and committees

-Monitors project financial performance to maintain the quality, delivery, and service within the proposed budget

-Develops extensive project management controls for complex projects

-Acts as the customer’s point of contact and facilitates communication between the customer and the project team to ensure complete customer satisfaction

 

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

– Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other technical field

-PMP Certification preferred

-3+ years of experience in project leadership, including 1-2 years management of complex projects

-3-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment preferred

-Previous experience in Project Management in a related field (3+ years preferred)

-Provides feedback and participates in the continuous improvement of the project management process

-Ability to apply logic and reasoning to solve problems, including identifying strengths/weaknesses, locating alternative solutions, and making high-quality, timely decisions

-Ability to create detailed project plans including cost, schedule, and resource requirements using Microsoft Project

-Ability to coordinate the necessary resources for managing efficient and effective projects with minimal management oversight

-Ability to communicate with diverse audiences using appropriate methods and technical language including presenting to audiences of 5-10 people and communicating with customers

-Ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives and respond to shifting priorities

-Ability to develop strategies for resolving issues related to competing priorities

-Ability to evaluate linkages and interrelationships when prioritizing work and to develop contingency plans

-Ability to develop trusting business relationships and provide valued perspectives

-Ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals/teams across various issues, locations, and time zones

-Ability to communicate technical information effectively through verbal and written communication and presentations

 

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Welder

Primary Focus: Support for Experimental Isotope Production

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Description: Setup welding machines based on job specifications using designated welding procedures.

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