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Argonne National Laboratory Operations Assistant in Lemont, Illinois

Operations Assistant

Requisition Number: 408566 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Technical Support Division: PHY-Physics

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): ST2

The ATLAS Accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy’s flagship facility for low-energy heavy-ion Nuclear Physics Research, utilizing superconducting radio-frequency technology to drive ions ranging from Helium to Uranium up to energies near the coulomb barrier.

In this role, you will:

  • Independently, and as part of a team, operate the ATLAS particle accelerator. This includes tuning the accelerator, diagnosing problems, performing maintenance and affecting repairs, assisting in upgrades, and working closely with scientific users to provide successful outcomes to nuclear physics experiments.
  • Act as Chief Shift Operator in charge of the safe operation of the accelerator, including but not limited to radiation safety, as scheduled.
  • Work with system experts, develop improvements to subsystems of the facility, for example beam optics, controls, energy detector systems, vacuum, etc.

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The ATLAS Accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy’s flagship facility for low-energy heavy-ion Nuclear Physics Research, utilizing superconducting radio-frequency technology to drive ions ranging from Helium to Uranium up to energies near the coulomb barrier.

In this role, you will:

  • Independently, and as part of a team, operate the ATLAS particle accelerator. This includes tuning the accelerator, diagnosing problems, performing maintenance and affecting repairs, assisting in upgrades, and working closely with scientific users to provide successful outcomes to nuclear physics experiments.
  • Act as Chief Shift Operator in charge of the safe operation of the accelerator, including but not limited to radiation safety, as scheduled.
  • Work with system experts, develop improvements to subsystems of the facility, for example beam optics, controls, energy detector systems, vacuum, etc.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline, such as physics or engineering, is preferred but not required.
  • Some knowledge of a technical discipline related to accelerators: electronics, cryogenics, computer control and automation systems, vacuum systems, magnets, mechanical systems, etc.
  • Some skills in understanding scientific and engineering concepts and in the technologies used at particle accelerator facilities.
  • Willingness to learn about and interact with the diverse technologies used at the ATLAS facility including radio frequency, analog and digital electronics, ion beam optics, vacuum systems, ion sources, magnetics, computers and distributed control systems.
  • Good skills in oral communication with colleagues, users and others.
  • Good skill in organizing own work and keeping necessary records.

After an initial training period, rotating shift work including weekends and overnight, as well as working alone may be required. A regular rotating schedule will be established for the employee. Typically requires approximately 6 months for an employee to perform all aspects of the position satisfactorily.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

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