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Application Engineer in Electronics

Job ID 2510 Date posted 01/30/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

BNL’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement.  The Radiation Detection and Emerging Safeguards Technologies Group pursues research and development in radiation detection technology and applications in security, safeguards, and healthcare. In addition, the Group also provides engineering support test and evaluation of radiation detection equipment to address sponsors’ needs in operation and research.  The Application Engineer will work on funded projects under the supervision of the Group Leader and other Department Leaders.

Position Description

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department seeks an Application Engineer with knowledge and experience in electronic circuit design. The Application Engineer will participate in ongoing research leading to design and test of data acquisition systems for various radiation detection devices and systems and contribute to future proposals to develop new research opportunities in the group.  The successful candidate is also expected to provide engineering support for test and evaluation of radiation detector test campaigns.  The candidate is also responsible to give presentations at BNL lectures, conferences and project review meetings to discuss research results. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the electronic design and test of data acquisition systems for radiation detection applications in national security, nuclear safeguards and healthcare
  • Support and participate in the testing and evaluation of custom-built and commercial radiation detection systems at the laboratory and at experiment sites

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any one of the following; Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics or related discipline
  • Minimum of three (3) years progressively responsible full time related work experience including supporting scientific research programs following established methods and standards for investigation and experimentation.
  • Experience in printed circuit board schematic and layout design
  • Knowledge of analog, digital and mixed-signal circuits
  • Working experience in FPGA-based design including coding in VHDL or Verilog
  • Experience in microcontroller-based design including firmware development
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience in I/O and communication standards, e.g., SPI, I2C, USB 2/3, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and AXI
  • Application programming experience in C/C++ or Python in Linux and/or Windows
    • Clear and concise oral and written communication and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in related discpline
  • Working knowledge and experience in electronics manufacturing and production test
  • Knowledge of radiation detectors and radiation detection systems
  • Experience in the latest Xilinx/Altera FPGAs or SOC FPGAs
  • Experience in ARM and/or RISC-V MCUs

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

The main scope of work will take place in an office environment as well as in the laboratories.  The successful candidate must be able to conduct the activities safely in BNL laboratories by completing required trainings, interpreting laboratory safety information postings, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • occasional travels, up to 5%

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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