Our client is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded
by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at
locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada,
mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.
We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists,
technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for
the benefit of humankind. The lab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 50
years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most
advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those
experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research
on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a
National Environmental Research Park.
The lab Accelerator Division (AD) supports active particle accelerators and the
development of future high-energy physics machines. The Mechanical Support Department is
comprised of a diverse team of talented and dedicated mechanical engineers, CAD designers,
and technicians and seeks an experienced Cleanroom Technician to join the team. As a
member of the team, the selected individual will be involved primarily with the superconducting
RF test facility, which operates state-of-the-art cryomodule test stations in support of next
generation particle accelerators such as PIP-II and LCLS-II-HE. Responsibilities also include
occasionally working with other groups and in accelerator enclosures.
Under the supervision of more senior technicians, engineers, and scientists, the successful
candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
Be an integral part of a team of engineers and technicians in an experimental test
Clean parts and assemblies using ultrasonic cleaning tanks or manually for use in
high vacuum (HV) and ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) systems.
Use approved solvents, degreasers, and acid/basic cleaners to achieve required level
Perform meticulous cleaning and assembly work, often in a cleanroom.
Support cleaning, assembly, and other requests from various areas of the Laboratory.
Procure inventories of cleanroom supplies, small parts, materials and equipment for
the cleanroom and the area it supports.
Organize these inventories to maintain a safe work area and keep the cleanroom and
the staff it supports running efficiently.
Read schematics, procedures, manufacturer’s manuals, and similar documents.
Utilize hand tools and use good judgment in planning work sequence and in selecting
tools and instruments.
Generate, or assist in generating, Hazard Analyses for work requiring them.
Write best practice procedures and documentation for finished work. Enter relevant
work information into a database and/or electronic logbook(s). Produce reports as
Electronically prepare and compile data and safety records for equipment in area of
assignment using databases, spreadsheets and other appropriate computing
software and programs.
Perform preventive maintenance for a wide variety of instruments and equipment,
troubleshoot problems and repair as needed.
Respond to and lead operational and emergency requirements of the area.
Conduct periodic safety inspections of area of assignment.
Assist in performing radioactive and chemical waste pick-ups, waste segregation, and
write related documentation. Prepare waste for disposal and package waste for
Read engineering drawings, take measurements, and document information
Potential to prepare and test equipment for operation using appropriate diagnostic
Potential to fabricate, assemble, install, calibrate, and remove a variety of complex
electrical and/or mechanical devices, parts, controls and sub-assemblies for
Laboratory projects/equipment in the area of assignment based on drawings,
diagrams and schematics.
Potential to assemble more complex UHV devices and work with vacuum equipment.
Respect and value individual differences that embody the principles of equity,
diversity, and inclusion.
Abide by all environmental, safety and health regulations, laboratory policies,
procedures, and practices.
We are Looking For:
HS diploma (or technical certificate or equivalent) and 4+ years meaningful experience
(6+ years preferred)
Excellent organizational skills
Meticulous attention to detail
Experience with cleaning of vacuum components is desirable
Experience with quality inspection is desirable
Organizational work in precision or cleanliness regulated industries such as food
industry or PCB assembly is desirable
Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Familiarity with MS Word and Excel applications
Knowledge of safe use of hand tools and basic power tools
Ability to work within a group as a team player
Ability to work independently given detailed verbal or written instructions
Ability to follow a written procedure with minimal error, or ask for assistance when
Ability to follow verbal instructions from a supervisor or task manager with minimal error
Must possess basic computer and math skills
Ability to legally operate cars and light trucks
Ability to carry out first level troubleshooting and perform minor repair of equipment
Relocation is not available for this position.
Physical Activity and Work Conditions
HUMAN FACTORS: Heavy Lifting, Heights, Mental Concentration, Repetitive Motion, Sitting,
Standing, Tight Work Schedule, Visually Demanding, Climb Stairs and Ladders
Ability to perform detailed cleaning and assembly work
Ability to work in a cleanroom, sometimes for several hours at a time, in full cleanroom
attire that includes coveralls, mask, and gloves
Ability to perform repetitive work
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
Repetitive lifting of moderate weight
Ability to climb stairs and ladders, and stand for a majority of the day
Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice in response to operational and
PHYSICAL FACTORS: Confined Space, Cryogens, Dry/Hot/Wet Environment, High Noise
Level, Radiation, Oxygen Deficient Hazard, Solvents and other Chemicals
Ability to become Oxygen Deficiency Hazard qualified
Ability to work in a cleanroom environment
Ability to become radiation worker certified
Ability to work with epoxies, solvents, degreasers, acid/basic cleaners, and other
chemicals used in cleanrooms and vacuum systems.
PPE: Eye/Face/Foot/Hand/Hearing Protection