Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for an Accelerator/Floor Operator Trainee (AFOT) to join the team.
The Advanced Light Source is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract nearly 1,700 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our team!
As a member of the ALS Operations Group, within the ALS, you will report to the Accelerator Operations Group Supervisor. Under the direct supervision of qualified Accelerator / Floor Operators (AFOs), the Operations Group Supervisor, and the Lead Floor Operator, the AFOT sets up, operates and maintains control of accelerator and beamline equipment as well as auxiliary support systems. In this exciting role, you will acquire skills and learn laboratory policies and procedures to complete operations tasks in support of the scientific mission at LBNL. Although you will initially work on assignments that are routine in nature, requiring limited judgment, and will focus primarily on learning about our procedures and processes, these activities directly support the ALS scientific mission.
You are expected to advance to the AFO Associate level after 1-2 years of training, education, and practice. You are expected to track your own progress towards this goal according to the ALS Operator Training Procedure.
What You Will Do:
When acting as Accelerator Operator and qualified in the appropriate procedures or under direct supervision:
Comply with DOE and Laboratory standards and practices to ensure safe accelerator operations.
Carry out facility start-ups and shut-downs, and optimize accelerator performance.
Monitor accelerator performance and document system data as required.
Monitor accelerator and beamline hardware to ensure safe and reliable operation.
Make entries into the Accelerator, Controlled Access, Key Cabinet, and Beamline Logbooks to appropriately document all facility events.
Perform initial response to failures and participate in the process to mitigate repeat failures. Alert system experts to anomalies and collaborate with them in resolving issues to ensure optimal performance of the accelerator at all times.
Make adjustments to systems in order to accommodate changes required by varying experimental needs.
Maintain effective interaction with coworkers, scientific support staff and supervisor.
Work to become knowledgeable of the ALS accelerator, beamline, and controls systems.
When acting as Floor Operator and qualified in the appropriate procedures or under direct supervision:
Ensure safe operations of the experimental floor at all times.
Assist Beamline Scientists and Users in avoiding activities that might compromise personnel safety, beamline equipment, or storage ring protection.
Key-enable and take beamlines offline, as required.
Ensure that the appropriate procedures are followed, with special attention to any changes that might require control of radiation shielding.
Make clear logbook entries of work done on beamlines and end stations.
Ensure radiation safety via radiation monitoring during routine operations, commissioning activities, and during troubleshooting scenarios.
Monitor components of the ALS beamline vacuum system.
Recognize changes to experimental equipment that might introduce new hazards, triggering reviews as necessary.
Provide assistance in the use of the Equipment Protection Systems and the Radiation Safety Systems to ensure safe, efficient use of beam time.
Help coordinate technical support from ALS and LBNL crafts and trades, including electronic and mechanical repair, survey and alignment, conventional facilities, etc.
Arrange training for experimenters in the safe use of the beamlines and experimental floor.
In both roles:
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
When not engaged with learning Operator duties, the AFOT:
Gives feedback and helps with implementing improvements to the ALS Operator training program.
Works with the ALS Procedure Center Manager and the ALS Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) manager to review and improve ALS procedures and processes.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in physics or engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to monitor accelerator beamline performance and document system data.
Ability to learn and understand complex control systems, mechanical systems, and safety systems.
Familiarity with and interest in physics theory, which underlies the performance of the system.
Physical ability to lift and carry objects over 25 pounds, climb ladders, and access tight spaces.
Mechanical skills sufficient to perform tasks related to operation and maintenance of accelerator beamlines.
Strong verbal communication skills to interact with operations support staff and experimenters.
Written communication skills sufficient to provide accurate and concise documentation of operations activities.
Comfort with enforcing safety protocols in the face of competing priorities.
Must be able to work on shift schedules, as required. The AFOT will start working M - F normal business hours, and after several months change to the typical Operator schedule of a cycle of 7 days on, 3 days off, 7 days on, 4 days off. This position is expected to work primarily owl shift (11:45pm - 8:15am) after the appropriate qualifications have been reached (usually after 1-2 years). Experience collaborating in a diverse multidisciplinary team environment with excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel with varied academic backgrounds.
Computer skills including working knowledge of Linux, Windows, Google Docs, Matlab.
Leadership skills valued.
Experience with complex regulatory frameworks
For full consideration, please apply by June 21, 2023.
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This is a full-time, career appointment.
This position is expected to pay $21.68 - $26.56/hour, which fits within the full salary range of $21.68 - $31.44/hour for the Accelerator Operator 1. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate's qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.
This position is union represented, and salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
The core values of the ALS reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which each member of the community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a strong and successful lab community. For more information refer to the LBNL core values and the ALS mission statement and core values.
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