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Jobs at CLASSE

For a complete listing of Cornell and CLASSE job openings please go to Cornell Careers.

Current Openings:

#1. CESR Operator

Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE)

Buried 40 feet beneath Alumni Field on the Cornell University campus is the 768 meter Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR). CESR was constructed as an electron-positron collider operating at a center-of-mass energy in the range of 3.5-12 GeV. CESR is now used as an x-ray source for a state-of-the-art x-ray facility, known as the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), and is also used as a test-bed accelerator for exploring the latest accelerator physics technologies and concerns.

We have an immediate opening for two CESR operators to operate the accelerator complex and assist with a variety of technical and research projects for CLASSE.

What you will do:
  • Work will focus mostly on the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR), aka ‘the machine’, section of the lab. CESR consists of three connected particle accelerators: the linear accelerator, the synchrotron, and the storage ring. It is the job of the Operator to keep the machine running, to diagnose breakdowns and to determine the best course of action for initiating repairs.
  • Assist with the operation, maintenance, and development of research equipment within large experimental physics facility. This includes computer-assisted equipment operation, maintenance of safety and security, equipment maintenance, and assistance with the development of new equipment and procedures.
  • Operate electronic test equipment (for example oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and signal generators) and have the ability to diagnose problems with sophisticated experimental equipment.
  • Exercise sound judgment, impacting the safety of personnel and equipment associated with a major particle accelerator. This employee has been identified as essential personnel during inclement weather.
  • With such a large complex, there are many elements to be maintained by several groups within the lab. The electronics, magnet, computer, vacuum, cryogenics, RF, and water systems all have dedicated staff who are in charge and on call 24/7. When not operating the machine, the operator will be asked to assist some of these groups with projects or repairs.

CESR operators work as part of a team that covers the facility 24/7 with shared shift and weekend work, including holidays.

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