Accelerator / Floor Operator, Trainee


Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source Division has an opening for a Accelerator / Floor Operator, Trainee.

The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy 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 more than 2,000 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 co-location of these user facilities - including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others - offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!

The core values of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which the entire ALS community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting a vibrant, diverse and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a diverse lab community.

What You Will Do:

When acting as Accelerator Operator and qualified in the appropriate procedures or under direct supervision:

Complies with DOE and Laboratory standards and practices to ensure safe accelerator operations.

Carries out facility start-ups and shut-downs, and optimizes accelerator performance.

Monitors accelerator performance and documents system data as required.

Monitors accelerator and beamline hardware to ensure safe and reliable operation.

Makes entries into the Accelerator, Controlled Access, Key Cabinet, Radiation Survey, and Beamline Logbooks to appropriately document all facility events.

Performs initial response to failures and participates in process to mitigate repeat failures.

Makes adjustments to systems in order to accommodate changes required by changing experimental needs.

Maintains effective interaction with coworkers, scientific support staff and supervisor.

When acting as Floor Operator and qualified in the appropriate procedures or under direct supervision:

Assist Beamline Scientists and Users in avoiding activities that might compromise personnel safety, beamline equipment, or storage ring protection.

Ensure that the appropriate procedures are followed, with special attention to any changes that might require control of radiation shielding.

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 ALS user labs, the experimental area, user staging areas, and user shops and other workshops during off hours.

What is Required:

Coursework in basic engineering or scientific principles and mathematics and related subject matter comparable to the technical content of a four year post-secondary school curriculum; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to monitor accelerator beamline performance and document system data as required.

Ability to identify standard hardware failures and complex operating systems

Familiarity with physics theory, which underlines the performance of the system.

Ability to learn and understand complex control systems, mechanical systems, and safety systems.

Must possess leadership skills. Mechanical skills sufficient to perform tasks related to operation and maintenance of accelerator beamlines.

Must be able to work on rotating shift schedules, as required.

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.

Strong written and verbal communication skills to present and disseminate relevant information.

Desired Qualifications:

Computer skills including working knowledge of (Windows, Windows applications, LabVIEW).

Ability to use hand and machine tools is helpful.

Technical coursework in physics, computer science and/or engineering is desirable.

For full consideration, please apply by January 1, 2020.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.

This position has an expected working shift of 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM. This would be after an operator training and qualification period of 1-2 years.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

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.

Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab-

Berkeley Lab ( ) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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