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Electronic Instrumentation Post-Doc Research Associate

Job ID 1940 Date posted 10/28/2019

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

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.

The Instrumentation Division has an opening for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (two-year term position with an option for a one-year extension) to perform development on an alpha detector for an Associated Particle Imager (API). The candidate will support Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) simulations of the semiconductor sensors and designs of the Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), as well as all the phases of the detector readout and assembly. The candidate will oversee detector testing.  Opportunity is also available for scientific participation in one of the wide array of experiments in Nuclear and Particle Physics with BNL involvement (such as PHENIX/sPHENIX, ATLAS, SBND, protoDUNE, as well as many others), and in experiments in Photon Science.

The candidate will conduct studies of radiation damage on semiconductor materials, TCAD simulations of semiconductor devices that will populate the final detector for the API, will support design of low-noise low-power fast ASICs that will read-out the API detector. The candidate will test the final detector by acquiring and analyzing data. The candidate will also contribute to the data acquisition and data analysis of other detectors that are being developed in Instrumentation Division for charged particles, X-rays and UV detection, such as for synchrotron application, High-Energy Physics experiments at colliders, neutrino-less double beta decay experiments, as well as many others.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience in TCAD simulations of Silicon Sensors
  • Experience in Integrated Circuit Design with Cadence
  • Experience with detector testing
  • Experience with Data Acquisition Techniques and Data Analysis
  • Ability to work with a diverse team of scientists, engineers and technical staff

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with FPGA programming
  • Familiarity with Circuit Board design
  • Familiarity with silicon pixel detectors for synchrotron applications


This is a two (2) year postdoc (term) position with an option for a one-year extension.

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