Opportunities

Working at PSL offers a unique opportunity to work on large and small scale scientific research projects ranging from nuclear fusion R&D to hot water drilling at the South Pole in Antarctica.  If you are looking for an exciting and fascinating career working on some of the world’s most interesting science experiments check out our open positions page.   PSL values curiosity, perseverance and integrity and seeks life long learners to join our team and believes that who you are is just as important as what you know.

Working for PSL and UW Madison comes with a generous benefits package through the State Group Health Insurance program and offers many different plan designs to suit your needs.  UW also offers several different options to save money for retirement including the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension program and the option to contribute to a 403(b) tax sheltered annuity program. We value our employees and provide the opportunity for a healthy work life balance by offering hybrid work and generous holiday,  vacation  and leave packages.  UW and PSL value curious life long learners and offer tuition reimbursement programs to encourage the pursuit of knowledge for our employees.

Facilities Manager

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Job Summary:

The Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) is a research and development organization within the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. PSL develops unique instrumentation solutions used in scientific research programs all over the world. Our expertise spans the entire engineering process from initial conceptual design, through engineering development, fabrication, testing, and on-site installation. We have experience with projects at every scale and level of complexity.

The Facility Manager reports to the Administrative Associate Director of the Physical Sciences Laboratory and independently manages: (1) the repair and preventative maintenance operations for 110,000 sq. ft. of facilities including building structures and associated mechanical systems (e.g. HVAC, electrical, plumbing, maintenance machinery/equipment), (2) custodial maintenance of 108,000 sq. ft. of facilities, (3) grounds maintenance (e.g. snow removal, lawn care/landscaping care, etc.) for a 280 acre site, and (4) coordination of most remodeling projects for the research center. This position supervises a staff of 2.0 FTE

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Student Hourly Positions

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PSL hires student engineers at all levels of experience to participate in our exciting projects. Tasks can include CAD modeling and design, manufacturing and assembling experiment hardware, performing tests on components and subsystems, and much more. Students support engineers in designing and developing elements of projects such as the IceCube Neutrino Experiment, LZ, DUNE, as well as other smaller projects. Student recruitment occurs in mid-spring semester.  Application links will be posted in March for spring and summer positions.

This is a great opportunity to gain unique engineering experience in the research sector. We will be looking for candidates that have an interest in small to large-scale research instrumentation and a strong desire to apply and expand their current level of engineering expertise to real-world scientific applications. Some of the projects PSL continues to be engaged in include CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN), the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, the LZ (Lux-Zeplin) Dark Matter Experiment, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), and many other smaller-scale projects in support of campus-wide research labs here at UW-Madison.

Some combination of a preferred mix of skills include: Solidworks, AutoCAD, Engineering Equation Solver (EES), Ignition, machine tools, hands-on technical skills.  PSL is located off-campus near Stoughton, WI. You must be able to provide your own transportation. Ideal candidates will be available ~full-time for the summer, with interest to continue part-time once class is back in session in the fall.

Hours: 30 hrs/week max during summer, 10-20 hrs/week when school is in session
Send resumes to: Beth Danielak (edanielak@uwpsl.wisc.edu)