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Assistant in Research – Materials Test Engineer

Position Title: Assistant in Research – Materials Test Engineer

Department: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Division: Magnet Science & Technology Division

Group: Electro-Mechanical Properties

Type: Permanent - 12 Month Salary

The Magnet Science and Technology Division of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Nationl MagLab) is seeking an exceptional individual for an Assistant in Research to work as a materials test engineer performing mechanical and electrical properties testing on materials and components used for the construction of high field magnets.

The MagLab is an NSF-funded user facility that operates the world's most powerful electro-magnets at Florida State University, the Univ. of Florida and Los Alamos National Lab including a 45 T dc magnet and a 35.2 T (1.5 GHz) NMR magnet. Present projects include development of a 40 T all-superconducting magnet. Our long-term plan includes development of 30 T NMR magnets, neutron scattering magnets, and resistive-superconducting hybrid magnets up to 60 T.

We are seeking candidates who are highly motivated and eager to work flexibly and creatively in a cross-disciplinary team environment. This position requires knowledge of mechanics of materials and the mechanical and physical properties of materials. The successful candidate should have experience conducting mechanical tests of materials using PC-controlled materials test machines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Conduct materials properties tests, often with materials subject to extreme environmental test conditions, such as test environments in the temperature range from 4 K to 400 K as well as tests in high magnetic fields. Requires specimen preparation and set-up, basic test programming using MTS test software and Labview custom programs. Experience with Labview programming is desirable.
    • Wire sensor and instrumentation signals to data acquisition equipment to record physical measurements of force, strain, temperature, etc. and analyze results of measurements.
    • Perform test specimen design, inventory, metrology, and photo documentation.
    • Perform physical calibration of force, strain, displacement, and temperature sensors.
    • Utilize ASTM and International Test Standards for procedure and test techniques.
    • Document procedures and test results in a written format. Reports include tabularized data, and descriptions of test procedures, equipment and materials. Must be proficient in the use of spreadsheets for data analysis, manipulation and plotting to characterize material properties such as yield strength, elastic modulus, and trends related to test variables such as temperature, pressure, rates, etc. Maintain the laboratory file and data management system.
    • Attend team meetings to discuss project testing needs and report test results. Conduct background research to help develop and define materials test requirements. Interact with other professional staff for test method development, and the design and construction of non-standard test specimens and fixtures.
    • Perform general laboratory duties such as housekeeping, purchase requests, tool and equipment -maintenance, organization and inventory.
    • Publish or/or present the results of test programs in journals or conferences when appropriate.

Qualification: A Master of Science or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science or a Bachelor of Science and three years of experience working in a mechanical testing laboratory is required. Experience operating MTS or similar mechanical testing equipment is required. Experience programming LabView is preferred.

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at, job # 50219. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

For additional information, contact:

Bettina Roberson:
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National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University,
1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310-2740

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    • Every institution of higher education attended, whether or not listed on your CV or resume
    • All previous employment since your 18th birthday
    • A list of all published material
    • A list of all current and pending research funding from any source, including details about the research, your role, funding source, and amount
    • List and description of any non-university professional activities
    • Any affiliation with an institution or program in a foreign country
    • A complete copy of your passport
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Last modified on 28 October 2021