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ASIC Design Engineer CAD Management

Job ID 3417 Date posted 09/28/2022

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Organizational Overview

The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for experimental research programs at Brookhaven Lab and to maintain the expertise and facilities in specialized high technology areas essential for this work. Development of facilities is motivated by present Brookhaven research programs and anticipated future directions of research. Our work has a significant impact on programs throughout the world that rely on state-of-the-art radiation detectors and readout electronics.

Position Description

Are you someone who steps up to challenges and thrives on group project work in a technology R&D environment?

As an ASIC Design Engineer - CAD Management, you will build and maintain the design infrastructure, provide tool support and training, and serve as the custodial of the CAD/EAD tools for our ASIC team. You will collaborate closely with scientists, engineers, technicians and information technology experts on complex, meaningful projects for the Lab and our partners. Your role will be critical in enabling the development of high-performance analog, digital, and mixed-mode ASICs for scientific instruments. You will also be contributing to a broad range of low-noise, precision, mixed-signal ASIC designs that include radiation sensors front-ends, base-band analog, RF, digital, data converters, data transmission, and sensor components.  You will be able to work a hybrid (i.e. telework and on-site) schedule.

Our science and engineering challenges are complex and unique! We are engaged in the development of ASICs for particle detectors, high resolution X- and gamma-ray spectrometers, and high-rate photon counters and imagers. Our ASICs work in extreme environments (such as cryogenic temperatures) or must withstand extreme irradiation doses, thus represent unique layout challenges. We are also actively carrying out R&D programs focused on Quantum Information Science, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Neuromorphic Processing that require ASICs with specific layouts. The applications of these ASICs extend beyond BNL to a variety of international user facilities: your work will have the potential to shape the instruments used for scientific discovery and engineering advancements across the globe!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain design environment to support operation of the ASIC development team at BNL through:
    • maintaining up-to-date organization of the pool of CAD/EDA ASIC design tools, process design kits, version-controlled repositories of design libraries, IP and outside-vendor libraries and their maintenance suitably for the current needs
    • working with the IT and security teams’ Linux-based cluster and its configuration for installation and maintenance of CAD/EDA design tools from major vendors, such as Cadence, Mentor, Synopsis,
    • integration of the designs in multi-user environment via process and design management tools, such as SOS Design Manager
    • organization of work directories, system shell scripts, tool scripts, physical and functional design verification decks, solutions for tools interoperability, procedures for efficient and secure organization of the design flows
    • set-up and maintenance of environments for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning modeling, simulations (such as PyTorch, TensorFlow and others) and integration with digital and mixed-mode IC design flows
    • set-up and maintenance of other ECAD tools supporting ASIC design efforts, such as physical-level device simulations, model extraction, calculus, and data presentation
  • Interact with major vendors for providing optimized tools-set for the team; organize tools, process design kits, design techniques workshops and trainings, and introduction and monitoring of standardized design practices
  • Participate in ASIC designs (analog, digital and mixed-mode, functional verification, etc.), upon qualifications and as necessary

(The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills and experience.)

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or closely related field of study
  • Minimum three (3) years related work experience
  • Familiarity with specificity of ASIC design processes and flows
  • Familiarity with CAD/EDA tools for ASIC design and their interoperability
  • Knowledge of operating system shell scripting or other scripting languages, such as Perl, Python, and others
  • Knowledge of SKILL, Tcl/Tk, ASSURA and Calibre DRC/LVS verification decks syntax 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in an engineering discipline or closely related field of study
  • Ability to execute analog and/or digital ASIC design flows for performing design tasks
  • Knowledge of back-end ASIC design elements, such as layout, physical verification, and design verification
  • Ability to provide guidance in specific areas to the ASIC team

Other Information:
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid (i.e. telework and in-person) schedule 
  • The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills and experience

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

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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