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Electronic Instrumentation Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job ID 1808 Date posted 08/14/2019

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 research on the nEXO experiment, a 5 tonne LXe neutrinoless double beta decay detector.  The candidate will split their time between research into Low-Background Interconnects and/or Barium Tagging.  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, Belle-II, SBND, protoDUNE, as well as many others.

The candidate will conduct studies of available materials for electronic substrates, cables, and connectors as part of a comprehensive program to develop Low-Background Interconnects for NEXO.  The candidate will also conceptualize and prototype these interconnection techniques and evaluate them for use with high voltage, power supply, and high speed digital connections.  Interfacing with the nEXO Radioassay group to perform background analysis, and interfacing with the nEXO Simulation group to study the background effects of each method will be required.  In addition, the candidate may pursue R&D on Ba-tagging, including novel identification techniques using electron microscopes, as well as single ion extraction techniques from LXe.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research Low-Background Interconnect techniques for the nEXO experiment

  • Research Barium Tagging techniques for the nEXO experiment

  • Present results at scientific meetings and conferences

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field

  • Experience in developing novel detection and readout concepts for applications in physics, particle physics, material science, medical imaging or national security.

  • Experience with detector simulations using GEANT4 and C++

  • Ability to work with a diverse team of scientists, engineers and technical staff

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Familiarity with FPGA programming

    • Familiarity with high density interconnection techniques (wire bonding, bump bonding, etc…).

    • Familiarity with radioassay techniques for low-background detectors.

    • Experience with Data Acquisition Techniques and Data Analysis.

      This is a two year term position and offers a comprehensive benefits package

      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 Plans
      • Dental Plans
      • Vacation
      • Holidays
      • Life Insurance
      • 401(k) Plan
      • Paid Parental Leave
      • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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