September 02, 2016
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Lead Mechanical Engineer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA

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  • Company
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Location
    Berkeley, CA
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
  • Education
    Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is the nations premier third-generation synchrotron light source for performing soft x-ray studies. The ALS serves over 2,500 researchers every year from universities, government labs, and industry worldwide, and provides the tools for discovery science in materials science, biology, chemistry, physics and the environmental sciences. The Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U) is a laboratory initiative that will increase ALS machine performance to unprecedented levels. The complete 200-meter-circumference storage ring will be replaced by two brand new rings with novel magnetic, support and vacuum designs.

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Engineering Division is looking for a Lead Mechanical Engineer experienced in vacuum systems, optics and/or synchrotron beamline design, magnetic systems (normal conducting, superconducting, and/or permanent type), cryogenic systems, particle accelerators, plasmas, and/or charged particle systems for its ALS-U project. The Lead will be responsible for oversight of major work packages and subcomponents of the ALS-U, as well as for project staff matrixed from Engineering Divisions Mechanical Engineering Department.

Specific Responsibilities:



Using extensive knowledge and experience of mechanical engineering, engineering concepts and tools, act as an authority in one or more fields of engineering essential to the laboratory.

Apply engineering principles, methods and research techniques to creatively solve complex problems based on new technology, may lead to new designs, inventions, techniques or theories of significant to the laboratory programs.

Project Management


Proactive in seeking out customer/client needs, developing a full understanding and accepting ownership of those needs, seeking relevant solutions which meet all requirements and following up to ensure that the customer/client is satisfied.

Provide technical management of major ALS-U work packages, assuming primary responsibility for work package success, working with scientists to translate scientific needs into engineering concepts and specifications, overseeing schedule and budget creation and reporting, and providing critical technical direction for development and integration of work package components.

Exercise oversight of concept development design, construction, and installation of synchrotron light source equipment of all complexity levels.

People Management


Serve as lead Mechanical Engineer by providing direction and guidance to the Mechanical Engineering staff to meet programmatic needs of ALS-U.

Exercise leadership for implementation of quality assurance and conduct of engineering principles, policies, and procedures by assisting subordinates and peers with application of National, industry, and professional standards into task solutions and setting documentation standards for task/project activities including preparation of engineering reports and manuscripts.

Provide engineering direction and judgment for developmental work, with due consideration for scientific and practical concerns.

Manage staff resource levels to meet ALS-U project needs, including recruitment, staff training, reviewing performance, and balancing staff matrix workloads.

Supervise the work of mechanical engineering staff members.

Serve as a resource for subordinates and peers, effectively provide team leadership, and make innovative contributions to Group, Department, and Division projects, initiatives, and mission.

Additional Desired Responsibilities:


May participate in the management of mid to large-scale DOE capital acquisition construction projects.

Required Qualifications:


Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, or related field and/or at least 8 years of significant demonstrated relevant experience in mechanical engineering and design concepts, theories, practices and tools or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated experience in technical management including superior engineering design performance and application/development of state-of-the-art technology in relevant engineering areas such as vacuum systems, optics and/or synchrotron beamline design, magnetic systems, normal conducting, superconducting, and/or permanent magnet, cryogenic systems, and particle accelerators, plasmas, and/or charged particle systems.

Demonstrated skills in theoretical analysis and use of computer-aided design and/or analysis tools.

Demonstrated experience managing projects of medium scale with accuracy, workforce planning, time management, and expense estimates for the completion of projects.

Demonstrated skills in leadership including supervisory, administrative, and management experience and the ability to manage resources for the department and a wide variety of diverse projects.

Demonstrated ability to exercise sound engineering and analytical judgment with evidence of excellent written and verbal technical communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and lead other scientists and engineers in defining goals and implementing activities to realize the goals.

Demonstrated ability to provide effective engineering direction and judgment for developmental work and to creatively resolve complex technical problems.

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Advanced Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field.

Experience managing projects of large scale.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes: This is a career appointment. This position requires completion of a background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.