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Lead Scientific Associate - R&D for High-Speed Electronics

Job ID 1867 Date posted 09/03/2019


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 Omega Group at BNL has an opening for a Scientific Associate to lead development of cutting-edge technologies for High Energy Physics experiments. This position is focused on the design and testing of electronics modules, the development of firmware running on Xilinx and Intel/Altera FPGAs, and integration with scientific equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead development of new technologies for High Energy Physics Experiments.
  • Design, develop, prototype, produce, and evaluate detector system sensors, hardware, firmware, and software.
  • Participate in system integration of multiple combined systems.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, instrumentation, electrical engineering, or in a closely related field.
  • At least ten (10) years of relevant post-bachelor’s experience.
  • Solid foundation in detector, electronics system design and measurement.
  • Expertise with laboratory instrumentation, HDL based design, simulation, and test.
  • Experience with EDA tools for circuit simulation, schematic entry, and PCB layout design.
  • Experience programming in VHDL or Verilog for Xilinx or Intel/Altera FPGA.
  • Experience programming in high-level computer languages including C/C++ and Python.
  • Ability to work in a large international collaboration.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in physics, instrumentation, electrical engineering, or in a closely related field.
  • At least ten (10) years of experience supporting highly complex scientific research programs.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring technical staff.
  • Experience in silicon sensor design, simulation, and performance characterization.
  • Experience with mixed-signal circuits, digital signal processing, and modern electronic components.
  • Expertise in VHDL or Verilog firmware programming for Xilinx and Intel/Altera FPGA.
  • Expertise in instrumentation control software development, data acquisition, and data analysis based on C/C++ and Python.
  • Experience with data analysis and knowledge of statistical techniques for data analysis.
  • Experience in detector or trigger systems for particle or nuclear physics experiments.
  • Good understanding of detector system integration, installation and commissioning.
  • Strong skills in system integration of readout systems with state-of-the-art silicon detectors for sensor performance characterization and test beam studies.
  • Hands-on problem-solving skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good team-work skills in multi-disciplinary collaboration.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Domestic and international travel should be expected.                                     

Candidates seeking to apply must submit an electronic application to this opening. Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to physicsLOR@bnl.gov with a subject line referring to this job posting (Req# 1867).

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills, as well as the amount of relevant experience.

Consideration of applications will begin October 24, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The Omega Group in the Physics Department at BNL focuses on the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. BNL operates the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider and is the US host laboratory for the ATLAS experiment located at CERN in Geneva Switzerland. BNL is also heavily involved in the realization of an Electron-Ion Collider, a major new research facility in the US. BNL scientists and engineers have leading roles on these experiments and lead strong R&D programs in detectors, trigger, and data acquisition.

WHY WORK AT BNL?

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.

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


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