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FPGA-based Machine Learning Specialist on ATLAS detector

Job ID JR101133 Date posted 04/24/2024

The Omega Group in the Physics Department at BNL focuses on the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The Omega Group has major responsibilities in the operation of the Liquid Argon calorimeter, Trigger & Data Acquisition, and software development, and has leading roles in the ATLAS High Luminosity Large-Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) upgrade (Silicon Strip detector, Liquid Argon calorimeter, and Trigger & Data Acquisition). The group also has strong detector R&D programs on silicon detectors and in trigger/data acquisition. BNL serves as the host laboratory for the U.S. ATLAS Operations Program, the U.S. ATLAS HL-LHC Upgrade Project, the ATLAS Tier-1 computing facility, and is an active U.S. ATLAS Center.

The Omega Group in the Physics Department has an opening for a Physics Associate to join the current effort on the ATLAS experiment. The successful candidate will have a strong interest in the LHC scientific program and experience in firmware development with a focus on high level synthesis and machine learning. In this position you will take a leading role in the upgrade of the Liquid Argon Calorimeter and Trigger & Data Acquisition and electronics, participate in related trigger and detector studies, and contribute in R&D towards the development of future detectors and data acquisition systems. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participation in developing, constructing, installing, integrating, and commissioning hardware, firmware, and software for the HL-LHC Upgrade of the ATLAS detector
  • Participation in detector and trigger performance as part of the ATLAS scientific program with a strong focus on Electroweak and Higgs physics
  • Participation in R&D for new detector and data acquisition concepts towards future detectors

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in experimental particle, nuclear, or applied physics, electrical engineering, computing science, or a related discipline
  • Three (3) years full time progressively responsible related work experience, including supporting research programs, following established methods and standards for investigation and experimentation
  • Expertise programming FPGAs (VHDL or System Verilog), heterogeneous devices including Systems-on-Chip, GPUs, or HPC machines
  • Experience with High Level Synthesis tools for FPGAs
  • Experience with machine learning techniques and tools
  • Knowledge of mixed-signal circuits, digital signal processing, and modern circuit components
  • Experience with laboratory equipment, HDL-based design, simulation, and testing
  • Knowledge of EDA tools for circuit simulation, schematics entry, and PCB layout design.
  • Ability to work in a large international collaboration
  • Hands-on problem solving skills
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in experimental particle, nuclear, or applied physics, electrical engineering, computing science, or a related discipline
  • Experience with computing and software development for high energy or nuclear physics experiments
  • Experience with detector and electronics testing, construction, commissioning, operations or R&D for high energy or nuclear physics experiments
  • Experience in readout system development of scientific detector systems
  • Experience characterizing detector performance with complex circuit boards with multiple high speed (10-25 Gb/s) optical links with FPGAs and ASICs
  • Experience with data analysis and knowledge of statistical techniques for data analysis

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Domestic and international travel should be expected
  • This is a fully onsite position located at BNL in Upton, New York
  • You may receive an email request to submit the contact information for 3 references if necessary.  Please ensure references would be prepared to respond in a timely manner.
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $78700 - $110400 / year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Please express your interest via electronic application including cover letter, resume, and list of publications and presentations as Word documents or PDF in the resume field of the application. If references are requested, the application is complete when all of these documents have been received.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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Brookhaven Science Associates 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. BSA 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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