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Physics Associate

Job ID 2823 Date posted 10/06/2021

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 Physics Department is to be involved in research using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).  The STAR Group in the Physics Department at BNL contributes to the overall STAR Experiment.  The STAR collaboration constructs and operates experimental apparatus for the STAR experiment located at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and coordinates the production of scientific results using this apparatus.  The STAR group works with collaborators from around the world to share science data and shape the scientific program.

Position Description

The physics department is seeking a talented Scientific Associate to take an active role in the STAR Experiment. The successful candidate must be able to analyze, diagnose and resolve problems that arise within the STAR detector. The candidate will work independently by applying their knowledge to assist with the operation of a complex system of different detectors that are part of the STAR experiment.  The selected candidate will also assist in operating detectors and providing technical solutions to problems that may arise during the running of the STAR detector.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, and analyze high speed analog and digital electronics
  • The design of FPGA / CPLD based logic including functional and timing
  • Communicate effectively with scientist and staff outside of BNL 
  • Develop new electronics for upgrades to the STAR Experiment

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BS degree in Physics or related field
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ progressively responsible full time relevant work experience
  • Experience in the research and development of detectors as well as experimental and analytical techniques
  • Clear, concise, and effective communication skills with scientist and staff outside of BNL 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Physics or related field
  • Experience and knowledge of the operation of a dedicated gas system and gas detectors

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • This position requires occasional moderate lifting (less than 30lbs), climbing or work at heights above 5’, confined space, use of powered hand tools, protracted or irregular hours, computer work.

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 Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required either by November 17, 2021 or at the start of your employment if after November 17, 2021.

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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