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Digital Design Engineer

Job ID 3662 Date posted 03/09/2023

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. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of electrons, the other a beam of protons or heavier atomic nuclei which are steered into collisions.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.

Position Description

We seek an experienced Digital Design Engineer to join the Low-Level Radio Frequency group in the EIC Directorate. The LLRF group is responsible for developing state-of-the-art electronic systems to accelerate, control and manipulate particle beams at the EIC facility. The Engineer will participate in designing, implementing and testing FPGA-based platforms that provide solutions for unique and complex challenges. Working as part of a small talented multi-disciplinary team, you will be involved in all phases of projects and work in close cooperation with other accelerator systems groups. 

Join BNL at the beginning of this ground-breaking scientific and engineering project and become part of the team building this scientific discovery machine (

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate in development of next generation FPGA-based electronic control systems – concept to installation.  
  • Design and analyze digital signal processing and control algorithms through system modeling.
  • Implement and verify solutions in FPGA platforms to control RF cavities, amplifiers and associated electronics.
  • Develop test plans and procedures to ensure the developed product meets the specified requirements.
  • Install and trouble shoot LLRF hardware/firmware/software platforms and their supporting electronic systems.
  • Provide operation and maintenance support for legacy devices maintained by LLRF Group at the RHIC facility.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with FPGA design using the latest generation Xilinx or Intel chipsets
  • Proficient in HDL coding using VHDL or Verilog/System Verilog
  • Knowledge of RTL simulation, synthesis, and timing analysis
  • Experience with ADCs, DACs, DDR memories
  • Knowledge of communication standards such as SPI, I2C, Ethernet and AXI
  • Familiarity with electronics test equipment – e.g., function generators, oscilloscopes and multimeters
  • Solid communications, collaboration, and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience with Xilinx Vivado/Vitis design flow
  • Zynq UltraScale+ or other SoC design experience
  • Experience with high-speed transceivers in FPGAs
  • Knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink system modeling
  • Printed Circuit Board schematic capture and layout experience
  • Familiarity of code revision systems, such as Git
  • Programming experience using C/C++ or Python in Windows or Linux

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

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

Other Information:

  • Occasional travel.
  • Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills, and experience

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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