[Neutron] Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer

Barker, Buffie M. barkerbm at ornl.gov
Mon Nov 8 22:07:02 CET 2010

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer. With the United States' highest flux reactor-based neutron source for condensed matter research (the High Flux Isotope Reactor) and the world's most intense pulsed, accelerator-based neutron source (the Spallation Neutron Source), ORNL is becoming the world's foremost center for neutron science.  Research at these facilities encompasses the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences and will provide opportunities for up to 2000 researchers each year from industry, research facilities, and universities all over the world.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Within the RF Group of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) Research Accelerator Division an RF Engineer provides: (1) design, installation, testing, conditioning operations support of the SNS RF systems; (2) the lead in troubleshooting, repair, and modification of the RF equipment; (3) the lead in testing RF equipment in the RF Test Facility (RFTF); and (4) participates in the development of the RFTF to test and condition SNS cryomodules. Works with other engineers, scientists and technicians in and outside the group and division to improve and maintain the linac and ring RF systems and accelerating structures, both warm and cold.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
*             Participates in the design, installation, testing, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of the SNS accelerating systems.
*             Provides support to test procured RF equipment in the SNS RF Test Facility (RFTF).
*             Participates in the development of the RFTF to test SNS cryomodules and RF Structures.
*             Interfaces with vendors and staff to establish requirements and procedures for performance verification, quality control, and acceptance testing of RF components and systems.
*             Develops testing, commissioning, and maintenance procedures for high power RF systems.
*             Prepares, collects, organizes, and maintains documentation and drawings of the high power RF systems.
*             Tracks, through meetings and reports to the RF Group leader, progress toward achieving planned milestones for SNS RF systems and related projects.
*             Provides PIC microcontroller & Allen Bradley PLC & Panel View HMI support for SNS RF System controllers.
*             Performs individual compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements, including ISMS.
*             Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

BS degree in physics or electrical engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, relative to radio frequency fundamentals, systems, and hardware. Entry-level candidates will be considered. Knowledge of, and experience with, the following is desired: klystrons, circulators, loads, windows, waveguides and other components at the frequencies of the SNS RF systems; RF processing of superconducting and normal conducting accelerating structures and testing high-power RF equipment; equipment control systems based on PIC microcontrollers, Allen Bradley PLCs & Panel View HMIs. Successful candidate should be able to contribute rapidly to the maintenance, testing, conditioning, operations support, and upcoming power upgrade installation of SNS RF system components.

To apply for this position: http://jobs.ornl.gov

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