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Detector Development Scientist

Job ID 3666 Date posted 03/16/2023

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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

We seek an individual to develop advanced radiation detectors based on novel sensors and ASIC electronics. The detectors under development are targeted at a broad range of application areas requiring beyond-state-of-the-art performance in sensitivity, compactness, and environmental robustness. Examples include instrumentation for the upcoming Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, NSLS-II and other synchrotron light sources, and a variety of programs in Nuclear Nonproliferation and medical imaging. Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (MAPS) and 3D integrated sensors are being considered for many of these applications.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with high performance data acquisition systems and software as applied to readout of semiconductor radiation sensors via CMOS ASIC front ends and will have the ability to create complete instruments that can achieve challenging performance targets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with end users and other specialists to define new instruments meeting needs of BNL’s science programs
  • Analyze and refine user requirements and develop data acquisition solutions using a mix of advanced microelectronic hardware and software platforms
  • Develop behavioral models for investigating design tradeoffs and optimizations
  • Develop interfaces and formats for efficient control and data acquisition from complex front-end detector systems
  • Design, construct, and operate characterization test stands to verify detector performance metrics
  • Prepare technical documentation covering data acquisition systems, sensor and circuit designs, test-bench hardware and software, and results of laboratory testing.
  • Present results and findings to research teams and stakeholders
  • Contribute to new project initiatives and develop proposals

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • PhD in Physics or Microelectronics or related discipline, plus eight years’ post PhD experience
  • Thorough understanding of low-noise, high-density CMOS ASICs for detector readout, especially embedded methods for reconstructing charge-shared events
  • Five or more years’ hands-on work with solid-state radiation detectors and associated readout electronics
  • Thorough familiarity with real-time, high-throughput data acquisition platforms and associated software frameworks
  • Mastery of scientific computing using C++, Python, or similar environments
  • Ability to summarize and organize data for publication and presentations
  • Willingness to work in a project-structured environment with defined tasks and milestones
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with technical and scientific staff

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Background in CMOS MAPS design
  • Experience in operation of x-ray detectors at synchrotron source beamlines
  • Demonstrated proficiency in integrating state-of-the-art microelectronic components into instruments tailored to specific application needs

Other Information:

  • May require international and domestic travel

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)
  • Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) 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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