Research Engineer Job at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Florida State University
  • Tallahassee, FL

Job Description

Job Title: Research Engineer

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Job ID: 56439

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)


The Magnet Science and Technology (MS&T) Division of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) is seeking an exceptional individual for a Research Engineer position to work as a mechanical design engineer applying standard engineering practices, procedures, and criteria in designing complex high field magnet assemblies. We are seeking candidates who are highly motivated and eager to work flexibly and creatively in a cross-disciplinary team environment.

This position involves design from engineering prototype to final system and design from conceptual to detailed. The role also includes technology development, fabrication process development, preparation of engineering documentation, and supply chain management.
This position is responsible for mechanical design applying standard engineering practices, procedures, and criteria in designing complex high field magnet assemblies at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

  • Responsible for selecting standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria in designing complex magnets. Directs conceptual design, detailed system design, and preparation of engineering drawings/documents of magnet systems using 3D CAD and may also include software such as Autodesk Inventor, Solid Works, Pro-Engineer, etc. Design from engineering prototype to final system using technology development, fabrication process development, preparation of engineering documentation, and supply chain management.
  • Evaluate requirements and constraints of magnets, designed to meet scientific or research needs, and create mechanical designs to accommodate them according to their applied loads. Perform structural analyses to designed hardware and fasteners. Read and understand technical drawings including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Develop tooling and assist in building mechanical assemblies while applying quality controls and adhering to safe practices.
  • Responsible for preparing, testing, and evaluating plans and specifications of magnets designed to meet scientific or research needs. Ensures the product quality meets the researcher's needs. Develop unique methods and processes for technical tasks such as system assembly, performance testing and analysis of results.
  • Interact and coordinate with external users, researchers, and scientists in the development and implementation of projects. Assist group leaders in directing individual project/programs. In absence of group leaders, may need to provide leadership decision making concerning acquisitions, staff and technical project details. Attend team meetings to discuss project testing needs and report test results. Conduct background research to help develop and define engineering requirements. Interact with other professional staff for test method development, and the design and construction of magnet systems. Perform general laboratory duties such as creating purchase requests, maintaining tools and equipment, and organizing and maintaining inventory. Publish and/or present the results designs, testing, or other works in journals or conferences when appropriate.
  • Participate in outreach activities and interact with numerous technical visitors from domestic and international laboratories and industries.

A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field and two years of experience; or a high school diploma/equivalent and experience equal to six years. (Note: post-high school education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

  • Experience conducting engineering tasks associated with development of magnet systems.
  • Basic 3D CAD knowledge and experience using software such as Autodesk Inventor, Solid Works, ProEngineer, etc.
  • Ability to interact and coordinate with external users, researchers, and scientists in the development and implementation of projects.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word or equivalent software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to interpret and conceptualize designs to produce scientific research devices.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify safety hazards and necessary safety precautions to establish a safe work environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in machine design, pressure vessel design, or cryogenic equipment design is preferred.
Other Information

The NHMFL is operated for the National Science Foundation by a collaboration of institutions comprising Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The NHMFL is the world's premier magnet laboratory with state-of-the-art high magnetic field facilities (up to 32 T in superconducting magnets, 41 T in resistive DC magnets, 45 T in hybrid DC magnets) for research in physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, and biology.

Contact Info

For additional information, contact:

Bettina Roberson:

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University,
1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310-2740

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume. Considerations

This is an A&P position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check .

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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Job Tags

Full time, Temporary work, Part time,

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