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Physics includes a wide variety of disciplines and specializations, ranging from very practical, technology-driven fields to the study of the fundamental laws and structure of the universe. The major fields of study include astrophysics and cosmology; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; condensed matter; experimental particle physics; theoretical high energy physics; and nonlinear dynamics. http://physics.berkeley.edu/
Principal Laboratory Mechanicians are responsible for the actual manufacturing of research equipment for a variety of projects in the Physics Machine Shop. Because of time and cost considerations, timeliness and accuracy are paramount. The physics machine shop is a well-respected and successful unit of the Department of Physics. Our Mechanician staff provides an enormous amount of accrued technical expertise in machining, fabrication and welding of a variety of scientific instruments, including modification, repair and maintenance of physics research equipment. The shop also provides design and technical support for the faculty, researchers, students and various partners within the physics community.
Tasks may include working with cryogenics, optics, vacuum systems, pressure chambers, plumbing systems and interacting thermal components. As well as working around high temperatures and energized areas. The physics machine shop has a wide selection of support equipment including precision CNC machine tools, EDM, manual machines, and precision surface grinders. Additional fabrication support tools are various drill presses, grinders; tool sharpeners spot welder, sheet metal equipment and precision TIG welders.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 4/25/22 - Open Until Filled
65% Machine and fabricate parts as required
15% Design and build tools and fixtures as needed for fabrication
10% Weld and solder projects as required
5% Interact with clients to understand job requirements. Analyze jobs for ease of manufacture problems, materials
5% Fit and assemble parts into finished products, test as required. Maintain machine tools
Ability to interact with scientists, researchers, engineers, and students using rough sketched and concepts or finished blueprints to understand client's needs.
Independently review work for feasibility and initiate corrective action as required.
Ability to use manual and CNC machines and hand tools to make parts to close tolerances; tools include, mills, lathes, saws, presses, brakes and shears.
Proficiency in vacuum soldering and welding.
Ability to assemble complex equipment.
Knowledge of machining exotic materials.
Able to work within a team to effectively meet the technical requirements of a project while maintaining budgets and schedules.
Provide cost estimates and project completion dates as requested.
Graduation from High School and a minimum of eight years of experience in multi-disciplinary fabrication shop, instrument making or and equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to set up and run complex parts on CNC mills and lathes.
Continuous Physics, Chemistry R&D machining background of 8 years.
Precision TIG welding of vacuum components
Formal Machinist /Tool & Die apprenticeship. Completion of machinist trade school
Cryogenic, Telescope, Detector and various probe fabrications
Solidworks and Surfcam
Electronic, electrical background
Salary & Benefits
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The salary range designated for this position: Up to $95,442; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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