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I am currently working in research support at Cornell's High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS).

www.chess.cornell.edu

CHESS is a high-intensity X-ray source supported by the National Science Foundation which provides our users state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental and Materials Sciences.

I work as an Operator, which is a kind of jack-of-all-trades engineering and user support position. In general, Operators inspect, clean, and repair equipment in the research areas to ensure smooth operation when the synchrotron is on, check and maintain safety equipment in the chemical labs, and provide users technical support and safety training 24/7 while the beam is open for research.

All operators have specialties, and mine is technical maintenance of the VBPMs (Video Beam Position Monitors) as well as software design in EPICS. I am also working on housing and instrumentation for a wheeled robotic monitoring system that could be used for inspections while the synchrotron is on.