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Electronics Technician

Job ID 2207 Date posted 07/06/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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 operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Collider-Accelerator Support group has an opening for a Technical Specialist specialized in the field of electronics.

 As a group member, the candidate will work alongside one or two others to comprise a shift team working 12-hour rotating shifts.  The shift team is purposed with minimizing particle accelerator downtime by means of timely troubleshooting and basic repairs of various electronic equipment while maintaining a focus on safety.  The candidate will assist their team and/or other personnel during troubleshooting and repairs of equipment which may potentially belong to other groups within the Collider-Accelerator department. 

 In addition to prompt responses to equipment failures, day-to-day duties will include electronics-related or mechanical-related tasks such as building, upgrading, and wiring chassis and systems.  The candidate will also be responsible for general tasks such as ‘sweeping’ indoor and outdoor areas to ensure no personnel are present.  During extended maintenance periods or shift lulls, the candidate will be expected to document or maintain equipment ranging from basic housekeeping to system upgrades.  The candidate may also assist with a design of new devices, contributing at a level appropriate to their skills.

 Applicable equipment includes devices/power supplies with up to 480V input voltage and output currents in the range of tens to thousands of amperes.

 Will also be responsible for repairs and construction of electronic assemblies, test fixtures, as well as performing routine test procedures and documentation.

The selected candidate will be exposed to many complex machines unique to the field of particle physics and will have the opportunity to work alongside talented engineers and skilled craftsmen to develop cutting-edge devices. 

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires the equivalence of a technical institute or associate degree in a related scientific or technical field
  • At least four (4) years of relevant work experience
  • Capability to work a 12-hour rotating shift and will be required to cover additional shifts with possible short notice
  • Understanding of basic electronics principles such as Ohm’s law
  • Possess knowledge of basic circuit principles and be familiar with standard electronic measurement equipment such as multi-meters and oscilloscopes, as well as their measurement principles
  • Ability to repair, modify, and build electrical/electronic systems from schematic drawings
  • Ability to use basic power tools and assemble chassis using basic mechanical fabrication techniques 
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work with minimum supervision, and have good communication skills
  • Basic computer skills are necessary and network knowledge is desirable

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with Lock-Out, Tag-Out procedures is preferred, but training will be provided
  • Familiarity with function generators, logic analyzers, and spectrum analyzers
  • The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently, both verbally and written instructions

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Must have valid drivers’ license
  • Must be safety-conscious and able to follow detailed, written procedures
  • Essential functions; lifting of 30 pounds, continuous walking / standing, successfully pass a stress test, climb a ladder and work at heights up to 30 feet.
  • BNL will not sponsor a visa for this position
  • This is a 12-hour shift rotation position
  • The selected candidate will be placed at a level commensurate with their experience

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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