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Electronics Technician

Job ID 2205 Date posted 03/23/2021

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.

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 Support group has an opening for a Senior Technician 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.

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

 The selected candidate will be exposed to many complex systems, some 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Quickly respond to equipment failure notifications by invoking written procedures and/or general troubleshooting.
  • Under general supervision, provide troubleshooting and repair support for high-current (200 Amp. to 2000+ Amp.) power supplies, PLC control systems, and specialized equipment throughout the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider facility
  • Test and install complex electronic equipment and components during extended maintenance periods

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires an A.A.S. degree in Electronics/ Electrical Technology or equivalent work experience.
  • Capability to work a 12-hour rotating shift and will be required to cover additional shifts with possible short notice
  • 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 general supervision, and have good communication skills
  • Basic computer skills are necessary

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with Lock-Out, Tag-Out procedures is preferred, but training will be provided
  • Understand basic electronics principles such as Ohm’s law electrical quantities (voltage, current, power, etc.) and basic circuit elements
  • Familiarity with function generators, logic analyzers, and spectrum analyzers
  • The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently, both verbally and written instructions


  • Must have valid drivers’ license
  • Must be safety-conscious and able to follow detailed, written procedures
  • 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 rotating shift
  • 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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