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Mechanical Engineering Technician, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

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College / VP Area: College of Engineering
Work type: Staff
Location: Gaithersburg
Categories: Engineering, Full Time

Reporting to the Director of the University of Delaware Center for Neutron Science, the successful applicant will serve as a Mechanical Engineering Technician in a neutron research environment, providing a wide range of technical and overall facility support. This position requires someone organized, detailed oriented, and safety conscious, with the ability to work in a collaborative atmosphere.
The UDel Center for Neutron Science has won a competitive award of more than $11 million over a five-year period from the National Science Foundation to develop a world-class Neutron Spin Echo Spectrometer. In general, neutron scattering is a nanoscale measurement technique that complements X-ray and light scattering as means to probe the structure of materials. The instrument being developed will provide new capabilities unavailable anywhere else in North America. Since neutron scattering requires a high-flux neutron source, the new instrument will be implemented at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, a large-scale national user facility. The successful applicant will be a UDel employee, but will work on-site at the NCNR to facilitate construction of the new instrument. The NCNR maintains a suite of 30 research instruments, and it serves more than 2000 scientists and engineers annually. Further information about the NCNR can be found at
This is a term position that is supported by external funds. Continuation of this position is contingent upon performance and continued availability of external funding. Notice of non-renewal is not required.

• Perform maintenance, modification and installation of sophisticated neutron scattering instruments and their related systems including cryogenic, vacuum, gas, liquid and electromechanical.
• Design, fabricate, and/or acquire necessary components for task completion.
• Assist with fabrication and installation of neutron shielding.

Related Duties:
• Operate fork truck, overhead crane, and other material handling equipment.
• Conceptualize fluid and gas piping system.
• Operate basic machine shop equipment and powered hand tools. Provide related general technical support as needed.
• Prepare rigging for crane lifts.
• Ensure adequate supply of gases and cryogens to instruments.
• Pack and unpack delicate scientific equipment.
• Order supplies.

• A high school diploma or certificate from vocational-technical school with four years of experience in mechanical or electromechanical systems. An Associate degree in Engineering or related scientific discipline preferred.
• Knowledge of operational principles of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems.
• Skill in maintenance and repair of mechanical and/or electromechanical equipment.
• Knowledge of preventative maintenance functions.

Preferred aptitudes:

  • Skill in using basic hand tools and machine shop equipment.
  • Knowledge of rigging practices and crane operation
  • Knowledge of fluid and gas piping systems
  • Ability to operate laser tracker systems
  • Knowledge of spatial analyzer software
  • Ability to update, maintain and extract information from a database.
  • Skill in following drawing schematics and reading engineering drawings.
  • Ability to follow and interpret instructions while interacting with vendors, customers, and staff.
  • Knowledge of radiation safety and hazardous material procedures
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scientific and engineering staff


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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