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Associate Staff Electrical Engineer / Staff Electrical Engineer

Job ID JR100910 Date posted 02/09/2024


The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.


The Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) has an opening for an Electrical Engineer to work in the Radio Frequency (RF) Group providing operational support for a broad set of RF systems across all of the particle accelerators in the complex.  Learning from system experts, you will support low level electronic systems, normal and superconducting RF cavities, high power RF amplifiers and their associated high voltage power supplies.  In addition, you will design, develop, and document upgrades and improvements to these systems and future projects.  This position provides an opportunity to gain experience and make contributions in everything from precision signal conditioning to high-speed FPGA based digital design to high power RF systems. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide engineering support for all aspects of accelerator RF systems

  • Operate, troubleshoot, and repair all RF electronic systems from low level control circuits to high power amplifiers

  • May assist in the direction of technicians

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline

  • Strong grasp of electronic fundamentals

  • Demonstrated ability to work from circuit diagrams and schematics

  • Able to troubleshoot analog and digital electronics down to the component level

  • Proficient in the use of electronic test equipment for diagnostics and troubleshooting

  • Excellent organizational, written, verbal and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Master’s degree in electrical engineering or related discipline.

  • Minimum of three (3) years progressively responsible related work experience including supporting scientific research programs following established methods and standards for investigation and experimentation.

  • Considerable experience and thorough knowledge of a specialized field.

  • Experience with RF design

  • Familiarity with RF measurement equipment, including network and spectrum analyzers, power meters, etc.

  • Experience with analog and digital circuit design including field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)

  • Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers

  • Experience and knowledge of feedback/control theory

  • Experience with at least one high level programming language

  • Printed Circuit Board schematic capture and layout experience

  • Experience with accelerator RF systems

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Able to lift up to 30 pounds, climb a ladder (low to moderate heights), wear PPE

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • This is a fully onsite position located at BNL in Upton, NY

  • Must have a valid driver's license

  • Occasional travel for training and conferences

  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. This is a multi-level role and the full salary range for this position is $78700 - $131750 / year. You will be placed at the level and salary commensurate with your experience.  Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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