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Principal Mechanical Engineer

Title:  Principal Mechanical Engineer Date Posted:  12/12/2012
Division:  APS Engineering Support Date Re-posted:  03/22/2013
Requisition:  320213 AES Salary:  
Employment Category:  Regular Pay Cycle:  Monthly
Shift:  08:30-5:00 Grade:  RD3
Hours:  40  
Job Description
  Basic Purpose
  Develops and executes mechanical designs for synchrotron radiation beamlines and experimental apparatus for the Advanced Photon Source. Independently defines conceptual principles as well as performs detailed design. Performs engineering analysis. Collaborates on design and controls with other engineers and scientists. Coordinates procurement and manufacturing processes and conducts performance testing. Develops and implements R&D programs for synchrotron instrumentation design, including high-precision opto-mechanical components. This type of work is usually carried out in collaboration with other members of the group, division, other APS divisions, and the facility users.
  Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Considerable knowledge of mechanical design and materials properties. Considerable knowledge of mechanical fabrication processes. Considerable knowledge of system design with high-precision optical and mechanical components, and common electronic motion control systems. Considerable experience with FEA software, as applied to mechanical design. Considerable knowledge and experience with 2D and 3D CAD systems. Considerable experience working in a team design environment subject to a stringent design review process. Considerable ability to independently perform R&D, to innovate, and to find state-of-the-art solutions to one-of-a-kind problems.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Mechanical engineering experience for synchrotron radiation instrumentation is a plus. Significant hands-on experience in developing precision positioning systems, including state-of-the-art piezo-based positioning, interferometric techniques, and related controls is required for some positions. This position description documents the requirements for an RD3 level position. Applicants will be considered for RD1 and RD2 positions if knowledge and experience do not support an RD3 level position.
  Minimum Education/Experience Requirements
Bachelor's Degree and 8+ years work experience, or Master's Degree and 5+ years work experience, or Doctorate and 4+ years or their equivalents
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