Science And Engineering Associate

Slac National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park , CA 94025

Posted 4 months ago


The Electronics Engineering Division (EED) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is responsible for the electronics engineering systems for all accelerators and many test facilities throughout SLAC. The EED Electronics and Control Hardware Department is seeking an Science and Engineering Associate to provide support for many activities in the division, in particular with planning, developing and managing an extensive cabling plant for distribution of both power, signal level and network connections.

As part of the Electronics Engineering team you will be asked to partner with experienced engineering staff to develop and deploy a diverse range of electronics and control systems. We're looking for a highly motivated person with a strong desire to learn and a commitment to excellence while at the same time being able to manage complexity in a dynamic environment.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Design and coordinate cable plant and other electrical & control systems. This includes cable tray analysis, thermal load and fill analysis, cable routing specifications, material selection and testing.

  • Generate purchase requisitions for components, chassis, racks, AC power systems, DC systems, and control system cables.

  • Generate cost estimates for design and installation of Cable Plant and other Electrical Systems for new and existing experiments.

  • Prepare wire lists, schematics, cut sheets and other documents and instructions for technicians and others to accomplish safe and functional installations.

  • Act as Field Construction Manager (FCM) for subcontracts awarded to electrical contractors.

  • Maintain personal qualifications to operate safely under SLAC's Integrated Safety Management System program.

  • Under consultation, apply technical expertise and knowledge of standard engineering/scientific concepts and practices to provide multifunctional electronic design and coordination for implementation of experimental apparatus, equipment, systems, or facilities. Determine design approaches and parameters.

  • Collaborate in the specifying of electrical infrastructure including identifying AC loads, AC delivery material and methods to racks and components, and also material and methods for control cabling and wireway, conforming to National Electric Code (NEC) and SLAC standards.

  • Specify, research, and purchase electronics equipment racks by identifying varied requirements, adhering to NEC, NRTL, and seismic regulations and standards.

  • Maintain appropriate level of documentation for the accelerator electrical and electronic systems including design proposals, specifications, installation instructions, and schematics conforming to ALS, SLAC, and industry standards. Utilize appropriate and approved CAD tools, software programs, and procedures to complete all documentation.

  • Coordinate, specify, and purchase hardware by exercising judgment within defined procedures and practices, including reviewing design prints, establishing inspection criteria for product conformity and selecting materials adhering to SLAC requirements for UL listing.

  • Provide technical input and apply standard principles, theories, and/ or concepts in the development of new methods and concepts.

  • Provide resolutions to technical problems of moderately complex scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors, providing expertise and guidance to technical personnel.

  • Maintain communication with all key project personnel, including maintaining logbooks, updating online document repositories, coordinating and/or contributing to meetings.

  • May supervise the activities of exempt and non-exempt personnel.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Associate degree or certificate of completion in a related engineering or related scientific discipline, or three years of equivalent work experience in managing cable plant databases or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Solid foundation in CAD design techniques, design rules and specifications; AutoCad or Orcad experience preferred.

  • Excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to interact effectively with scientists and engineers in defining goals and contributing to their realization.

  • Proficient in basic computer skills, i.e. MS Word, Excel, Project.

  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.

  • Knowledge of electrical safety principles and practices.

  • Working knowledge of the National Electric Code, NFPA-70 & NFPA70E.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with accelerator and beamline electronic systems.

  • Experience with the installation and/or operation of the following types of systems:

  • Electrical power distribution.

  • Database management tools.

  • Electronic equipment and electronics enclosures.

  • Personnel safety and equipment interlocks.

  • Knowledge of networking hardware.

  • Solid understanding of electrical/electronic engineering principles.

SLAC employee competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.

  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.

  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.

  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.

  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.

  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages

  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve.

Physical requirements and Working conditions:

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Work standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills:
    Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1General Policy and

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.

Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.

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Science And Engineering Associate

Slac National Accelerator Laboratory