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Research Support Specialist III
CHESS X-ray Detector Lead
Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based ScienceS
and Education (CLASSE)

The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based ScienceS and Education (CLASSE) studies particle beams
and accelerators, photon science, particle physics and the early universe, and serves students, the public and
scientists from Cornell and around the world. The research missions of this laboratory are, in many
respects, unique in the world. CLASSE has an opening for a CHESS X-ray Detector Lead (Research
Support Specialist III).
CHESS (Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source) is a subdivision of CLASSE that specializes in X-ray
research. Visiting scientists from a variety of disciplines come to CHESS to utilize the high-energy X-rays
to study various samples. CHESS staff provide technical support to visiting researchers and also maintain
and upgrade the experimental facilities.
Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
• Serve as the X-Ray Detector Lead to support the use of more than 30 X-ray detectors at CHESS,
which include commercially available products as well as customized equipment developed and built
• Assist with the development and maintenance of experimental facilities and determining how to best
achieve the necessary research objectives.
• This position shares responsibility for designing, developing, assembling, and commissioning
specialized equipment; tracking and analyzing research data and instrument performance; writing and/
or modifying computer programs and scripts; troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining specialized
laboratory equipment; and assisting scientific staff and users of the facility during their visits.
• Manage special development projects to design and improve experimental equipment/systems for use
in the laboratory including large laboratory upgrades.
• Functionally supervise a team of technical staff to support detector use for integration with data collection.
Required qualifications: Master’s degree or equivalent in a scientific or technical field with at least three
years of laboratory experience. General laboratory skills in support of scientific research in a laboratory
setting, including experience with computer, mechanical, and electronic equipment. Capable of adapting
to the rapidly changing needs of a research environment. Able to receive directions and to communicate
effectively across all research groups in the department. Have a work history demonstrating sound
judgement and time management skills. Work effectively and cooperatively within a team environment.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to provide after-hours and on-call support during experimental
runs (approximately 150 days/year).
Preferred qualifications: Experience in X-ray detector integration with SPEC and EPICS control system
software. Experience with Linux, scripting languages such as Bash and Python, and version control
systems such as git and subversion. Experience with networking, and configuring computers and devices
to communicate across separate subnets. Experience in a customer service/support setting.
Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position. Please apply online at (posting #WDR-00018419).
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive
community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute
creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main
campus located in Ithaca, NY Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses
in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the
heart of New York City.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and
educator valuing AA/EEO.
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