Mechanical Engineer, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

University of Cambridge

, TN

ID: 7063215
Posted: January 23, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The University of Delaware has won a competitive award of more than $7 million over a five-year period from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and will use it to develop the next generation of neutron scattering instrumentation through the creation of the UD Center for Neutron Science. Neutron scattering is a nanoscale measurement technique that is complementary to X-ray and light scattering as a means to probe the structure of materials at the molecular, nano- and meso-scales. Since neutron scattering requires a high-flux neutron source, measurements are carried out at large national facilities such as the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, Md. UD center staff will work on-site at the NCNR, helping design and build the next generation of neutron scattering instrumentation that will be used worldwide. This Mechanical Engineering position will reside at the NIST Center for Neutron Research in Gaithersburg, Md. Under limited direction of a University of Delaware Chemical Engineering Professor, the Mechanical Engineer will participate in the design, planning, budgeting, construction, operation, evaluation, and maintenance of custom built neutron scattering instrumentation. This position is supported by external funds. Continuation of this position is contingent upon performance and continued availability of external funding. Notice of non-renewal is not required.


• Participate in the design, planning, budgeting, construction, operation, evaluation, and maintenance of custom built neutron scattering instrumentation.

• Collaborate with colleagues, including those from other engineering disciplines, to develop instrumentation.

• Create and maintain accurate CAD models representing the neutron scattering instrumentation; incorporate CAD models and design documentation into the NCNR engineering database.

• Project manage the instrumentation construction process; determine fiscal requirements and submit budgetary recommendations; discuss and solve complex problems with appropriate researchers, contractors, and suppliers; prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions; oversee the fabrication and assembly of components; build, install, and commission instrumentation in compliance with evolving design plans and specifications.

• Test, monitor, and evaluate newly constructed neutron scattering instrumentation; recommend modifications in light of test results.

• Advise and assist with problems involving maintenance of the neutron scattering instrumentation.

• Provide guidelines for future project planning, design, construction and maintenance; ensure that the instrumentation can be made again reliably and that it will perform consistently in specified operating environments.

• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


• Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and five years directly responsible job-related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Ability to apply the principles of physics for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. Requires the application of thermodynamics, mechanics, and other physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences to problems in the production, transmission, measurement, and use of energy, especially heat and mechanical power.

• Ability to provide efficient solutions to the development of processes and products. Ability to manage projects using engineering principles and techniques.

• Ability to plan and design new production processes.

• Ability to use research, analytical, conceptual and planning skills, particularly mathematical modeling and computer-aided design.


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