Vacuum Lead

WorkplacePasadena, California, USA
Vacuum Lead Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community. Job Summary LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled LIGO Hanford Site Vacuum Lead to join its team. LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe. Jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the LIGO Laboratory operates world-leading observatories near Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA as well as R &D centers on the Caltech and MIT campuses. The LIGO Laboratory’s mission spans a broad and vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave physics and astronomy, including detector operations, R &D toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics, observatory operations, and education and public outreach. For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> This position is located in Richland, WA. Life at LIGO Hanford Observatory as a Caltech Employee LIGO’s observatory in the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington is an approximately 20-minute commute from Richland, WA., where it is located on the edge of the Department of Energy Hanford Site. Caltech employs a staff of 49 at the Hanford observatory. Caltech has an extraordinary science impact across many fields. Its small size creates a community where innovation and collaboration are the norm. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, the leading US center for the robotic exploration of the Solar System. Caltech also operates large-scale research facilities such as the Palomar and Keck Observatories. The Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) is a rapidly developing community set in the heart of wine-country in southeast Washington state, where the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers meet. The rivers and nearby Cascade and Blue mountain ranges provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities from water-skiing to fishing to hiking. The region is known for its contributions to science and technology in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the DOE Hanford Site. People choose to work at LIGO for many reasons, often with fulfilling, long-term careers. LIGO is a family-friendly laboratory and strives to ensure everyone is able to achieve the work-life balance they desire. Employees have access to a wide range of benefits including a child-care assistance program. Caltech’s benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. The program provides a strong base of coverage for you and your dependents, and the ability to choose the plan and the level of coverage that best meet your needs. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. Caltech HR diversity page: Caltech and LIGO Laboratory’s goal is to build a world-class, diverse workforce and support an inclusive environment that encourages professional development and offers top-notch benefits. Our talented staff, who work at the Caltech campus, or one of our Observatories, come from a variety of fields. Positions include scientists, engineers, information technology staff, outreach professionals, managers, writers, business professionals, and administrative staff. We are deeply committed to encouraging people of all backgrounds to apply for these opportunities. Our experience has demonstrated that the broader the styles, characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities of our staff-in other words, the more diverse our team is-the greater potential we have for success. Caltech is an equal opportunity employer. LIGO Laboratory is committed to being a welcoming place for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. Job Duties LIGO comprises two widely separated antennae for astrophysical gravitational wave research. Located in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington, each operates within a 10 million-liter ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) system, the largest in existence. They each include 8 km of 1.2m-diameter beam tube, interconnecting thirteen 3m-diameter vessels that house the detector apparatus. LIGO detectors operate in the 10-9 Torr pressure range, relying on a combination of cryogenic, turbomolecular, ion and getter pump technologies, combined with stringent material and operating protocols. The observatory sites are supported by science and engineering research facilities at MIT in Cambridge, MA and at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. As a senior member of the core Hanford Observatory Operations staff, the selectee will supervise and lead the group tasked with optimizing, maintaining and improving the site vacuum system and its supporting infrastructure. Maintain the Observatory vacuum system and support facilities; initiate, plan and execute changes to this system; monitor system performance; and lead a group assigned to support this work. Plan and oversee equipment procurement and repairs, including budget development, preparing specifications, competitive procurement, contractor selection, contract monitoring, and quality assurance. Collaborate with research scientists and engineers to optimize UHV performance of in-vacuo scientific apparatus, and to minimize risks of contamination. Collaborate in research into UHV techniques, system design, and potential future vacuum upgrades. Establish and maintain procedures to ensure that vacuum equipment is monitored, protected and maintained. Serve as a standing member of the LIGO Laboratory’s Vacuum Review Board (with periodic rotations as Chair). Serve as a consulting member on Design Review, Technical Review or other Laboratory committees and panels as may be required. Support and/or manage competitive procurements (i.e. materials and equipment, vendor and/or contractor selection, contract development, acquisition planning, etc.). Initiate or collaborate in writing research papers and technical presentations. Develop and oversee UHV material preparation and test facilities, such as cleaning plants, bake ovens and test chambers, which prepare and qualify scientific components for installation in UHV systems. Serve as a line supervisor for members of the Hanford vacuum group and potentially others who work in related functions. Other duties as may be required and assigned. Basic Qualifications BS in Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical or Systems Engineering; Physics; Material Science; or a related scientific or engineering field. 8 or more years of vacuum related engineering or scientific research work experience. Demonstrated proficiency in operation, analysis, and performance characterization of high- or ultra-high vacuum systems. Knowledge and experience in selection and application of UHV-compatible materials. Proficiency in application and interpretation of spectra from residual gas analyzers. Experience in application of helium mass‐spectrometer leak detection (MSLD) apparatus. Effective English‐language written and verbal communication skills and habits. Exhibit level-headed professionalism and excellent interpersonal and team skills. Ability to lift at least 20 pounds. Preferred Qualifications Supervisory experience. Experience of leading a team and conducting related management responsibilities. Experience related to industrial automation as applied to large-scale vacuum systems. Hands-on experience and skill in building, improving and maintaining high- or ultra- high vacuum systems. Experience related to fluid, cryogen, pressure, flow rate, and gas sensors and instrumentation. Experience operating or maintaining large research, university, national laboratory or industrial facilities. Computer-aided design (CAD) proficiency (SolidWorks™ preferred). Required Documents Cover Letter Resume
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