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19 Apr 2022

Full-Time Beamline Mechanical Technician, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources

University of Chicago – Posted by rwinfrey Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Job Description Summary

BioCARS, a University of Chicago research group located at sector 14 of The Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, seeks a technical support staff-member to work with mechanical, electronic, and electrical systems associated with the BioCARS synchrotron beamline. Under supervision the Beamline Mechanical Technician will work with BioCARS staff to: provide technical support necessary for the operations, maintenance, and upgrades of the facility; assemble, install, and test components; procure, design, fabricate, and assemble beamline hardware; assist in the supervision of contractor work (electrical, cryogenic, etc.); learn to diagnose and repair beamline equipment; and take part in the commissioning and verification of equipment at the beamline.


Job Description

  • Provides technical support for maintenance, operation and upgrades of the facility and scientific instrumentation.
  • Participates in fabrication, assembly, installation, testing, repair, and maintenance of experimental hardware.
  • Assists with experiment setups and straightforward fabrication requests when called upon.
  • Diagnoses and repairs equipment.
  • Maintains vacuum instrumentation including gauges, UHV pumps, etc.
  • Has limited authority on construction, installation, operation, maintenance, repair, and development of new, modified, and/or existing systems and/or of electric or electronic components, equipment, systems, etc.
  • Analyzes equipment to establish operating data and conduct experimental tests.
  • Performs development activities including drawing board layout and interpretation and implementation of project specifications and documentation requirements. Provides drafting and design services by preparing and maintaining blueprints, maps and engineering, architectural, or electrical drawings.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Preferred Qualifications



  • Associate degree in mechanical, electrical, or manufacturing technology.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical sciences.


  • Experience in vacuum instrumentation.


Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Basic electrical/mechanical knowledge.
  • Proficiency with basic hand and power tools.
  • Familiarity with machine shop equipment (drill press, milling machine, lathe, etc.).
  • Familiarity with the mechanical construction, assembly, and maintenance of scientific equipment.
  • Familiarity with technical machine drawings (CAD models and drawings) and the processes required to fabricate the parts to specifications.
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD software (Solidworks).
  • Familiarity with computers and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).


Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to work in an environment with strict safety regulations.
  • Ability to satisfy the requirements for access to Argonne National Laboratory.
  • Ability to read and understand technical manuals and instructions.
  • Able and willing to assist in installation and troubleshooting of simple to complex mechanical systems.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
  • Good organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a group.
  • Good time management skills and ability to handle multiple tasks within deadlines.

Working Conditions

  • Scientific research facility.
  • Occasional extended work hours.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to ascend ladders and work in narrow spaces.
  • Minimal outdoor work.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 14 days.

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