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Qualified NB Source Operator, Electrical Technician

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 30, 2023

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Qualified NB Source Operator, Electrical Technician


Job ID: 2023-16772
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Engineering

Princeton University


A Qualified NB Source Operator is able to operate and maintain the Neutral Beam Power Systems and Ion Sources. Operate, inspect, repair, troubleshoot and maintain associated and supporting subsystems and test equipment. Additionally, provide coverage for experimental operations including required overtime, night shift, and weekend coverage as needed.

Under general supervision, performs a number of more complex and diversified technical tasks utilizing expertise and knowledge they have acquired. May perform some non-routine tasks requiring independent judgement typically involved with setting up of test apparatus, operation of equipment, and evaluation of the performance and reliability of systems and subcomponents. Follows various Laboratory procedures and applies PPPL prescribed standard technical practices and principles.

A proud U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory managed by Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a longstanding leader in the science and innovation behind the development of fusion energy — a clean, safe, and virtually limitless energy source. With an eye on the future and in response to national priorities, PPPL also has begun a strategic shift from a singular focus on fusion energy to a multi-focus approach that includes microelectronics, quantum information science, and sustainability science. Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!


Core Duties:

  • 45%- Operate Neutral Beam Ion Source Power Supply local control center to monitor and adjust Neutral Beam Ion Source parameters. React to changing conditions and make adjustments as required or requested. The operator shall be responsible for operating the system within standard operating parameters with minimal supervision. The operator shall also be responsible for the accurate completion of procedure checklists and log book entries.
  • 40%- Repair and maintenance of Neutral Beam Power Supplies, Ion Sources, and associated equipment. Involves work on low level electronics equipment, High Voltage Power Systems, and electromechanical systems, electronics, and fiber optic telemetry. Troubleshooting, repair, and calibration of electronics equipment. Fabrication of electronic equipment including but not limited to: assembly of printed circuit boards, fabrication and assembly of chassis’, field wiring of chassis, racks, and equipment.
  • 10%- Perform a variety of technical skills for other laboratory projects as required.
  • 5%- General housekeeping, logistics, and industrial construction activities. Maintenance of organization and cleanliness of work areas.


Education and Experience:

  • Candidates must have Electrical or Electronic Engineering technical institute graduate or AA degree with 3 to 5 experience; or no degree and 5+ years of relevant experience including but not limited to: testing, repair and assembly of electronic assemblies and/or industrial electrical/electromechanical system operation and maintenance. Preference given to experience with high voltage systems; 480V and above.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient use of computer software for data logging and word processing. Effective and clear communication skills. Adequate hearing and speaking for good communications, alarm annunciation, announcements, operations, troubleshooting, telephonic and electronic notification and situational awareness in a construction or industrial environment.
  • Ability to use computers, read and interpret schematics and mechanical drawings.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical and/or electronic schematics, drawings, and sketches.
  • General mechanical knowledge and skill with hand tools for assembly and disassembly of chassis and components. Full hand, arm and leg mechanical dexterity and coordination.
Physical Requirements:

  • Full or fully corrected vision, correct depth and color perception, occasional close work, work in low light conditions.
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Continuous walking, standing or sitting.
Working Conditions:

Potentially hazardous conditions may be encountered during activities that must be completed safely. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Repetitive motion activities, work in very awkward positions, confined space and RWP areas.
  • Bending, twisting, climbing, ladders, elevated work using harness, stairs, lifts.
  • Work on cryogenics, high voltage or radiation contaminated equipment.
  • Exposure to dust, temperature excursions, humidity, monitored low level radiation, noise, household and industrial chemicals, solvents and some fumes.
  • Working with/near/on hand tools, powered hand tools, machine shop tools and rotating equipment.
  • Working with or near moving vehicles, equipment, cranes, hoists, tractor, lifts and forklifts.
  • Routine requirements to wear protective clothing for arc flash protection, mechanical grease and oil protection, radioactive contamination.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.


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