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Electronics Technical Specialist

Job ID 2255 Date posted 08/27/2020

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.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to develop, improve and operate the suite of particle / heavy ion accelerators used to carry out the program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); to support the experimental program including design, construction and operation of the beam transports to the experiments, plus support of detector and research needs of the experiments; to design and construct new accelerator facilities in support of the BNL and national missions. The C-A Department supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The department performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Collider-Accelerator Department has an opening for a full-time regular Electronics Technical Specialist, in the Accelerator Components and Instrumentation Group which is responsible for the  operation and upgrade of a wide variety of electron and ion beam instrumentation systems for the RHIC complex of particle accelerators and other existing and planned accelerator systems. In this position, you will provide technical support for the operation of a variety of complex beamline instrumentation systems and working with existing and future planned beamline instrumentation components and signal processing electronics. You will work as a contributing and productive member of an international and multicultural team of technicians and engineers to assist in many phases of instrumentation electronics system development.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Component selection, prototyping, construction and system commissioning and equipment operation
  • Installation and termination of cables used for particle accelerator systems, including high current/high voltage copper, multi-strand and co-axial instrumentation, fiber optic, and RF heliax cable
  • Provide support for a wide variety of existing and new beam instrumentation electronics systems
  • Assembly, testing, installation, documentation and troubleshooting of chassis and rack electronics
  • Work with engineers and technical team to develop, maintain and upgrade instrumentation systems throughout the C-AD complex
  • Successfully complete periodic training on the environmental, health and safety rules

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Associate’s degree in electronics engineering technology, electronics engineering science or technology or equivalent experience
  • Four (4) years full time relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated competence in working with electronic systems
  • Electronics troubleshooting to the component level, including op-amps, logic gates, and transistors
  • The ability to work from electronic schematics
  • Experience with electronic system chassis assembly work
  • Familiarity with computers and Microsoft Excel/Word and electronic circuit drawing software
  • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills
  • Must be committed to working safely under strict guidelines

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor Degree in a related technical field
  • Training, education and/or experience with machine protection logic
  • Training, education and/or experience with instrumentation or video systems
  • Training, education and/or experience with high voltage or high current or radio frequency systems
  • Training, education and/or experience with vacuum systems

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Essential functions for this position; arm/hand dexterity, climb low to moderate heights, lift (up to) 30 lbs, good vision, mental sharpness, alertness and work with chemicals including solder flux remover, alcohol and acetone
  • Will receive periodic training on the environmental, health and safety rules
  • Responsible for following all standard operating procedures in keeping trainings up to date


  • BNL will not sponsor a visa for this position
  • Driver’s license required for travel between on-site buildings.
  • Must be available for off hour call-in, with arrival within 1-hour from call-in to arrival at BNL.

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
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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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