Project Design Engineer

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Princeton University
United States

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Project Design Engineer


Princeton, NJ 

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PPPL's Engineering Design Group is a multidisciplinary team focused on developing the engineering designs for and advancing the state-of-the-art for magnetic confinement plasma physics research devices around the world. We specialize in high-field magnets, diagnostics, and plasma facing components for nuclear fusion experiments at PPPL and collaborator facilities world-wide. The core competencies of the Design Group include the design and implementation of; high vacuum components and systems, high heat flux components, coupled electro-mechanical systems in high EM flux environments, material science, metrology, and in-vacuum motion devices.


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.


The successful candidate will:
  • Execute mechanical design and analysis.
  • Carry out the process of designing, documenting, and reviewing engineering design and calculations.
  • Prepare cost and schedule estimates.
  • Prepare documentation (installation procedures, analysis reports, calculations, system description documents, design reviews).
  • Prepare Project Execution Plans and manage work to that Plan, including cost and schedule.
  • Supervise the process of the drawings by overseeing the preparation, approval, and release of drawings for manufacturing.
  • Oversee and/or supervise the fabrication, installation, and commissioning of designed components.
  • Write Specifications and SOW to establish external standards for suppliers and vendors.
  • Determine applicability and appropriateness of requirements and internal controls.
  • Reprioritize activities within the scope of work being managed.
  • Lead or direct the work of a small team professionals or support staff assisting on specific assignments.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred) in Mechanical Engineering or a related field
  • Professional experience, 7-10 years (inclusive of post-BS academic experience), preferably in a scientific or R&D environment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Technical competence in mechanical engineering.
  • Application of standard principles and procedures of mechanical engineering.
  • Familiarity with simple mechanical analysis.
  • Fluency with 3D modelling/CAD and development/review of fabrication drawings.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, engineers, and technicians.


  • Knowledge of “State of the Art” manufacturing methods
  • Proficiency with GD&T
  • Experience with metrology and tolerance studies
  • Design Experience:
    • Mechanisms & linkages
    • High heat flux components,
    • Specialty materials and austenitic steels,
    • Diagnostic components,
    • Super-conducting magnet,
    • Components in high vacuum environments

Working Conditions:

  • Primarily on-site work (mostly in office, with some field work) with occasional conference or review travel (1-2 weeks per year).
  • During the Pandemic, most in-office work has been replaced by tele-working.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.


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