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Postdoc – Detector and Data Acquisition System

Job ID 2957 Date posted 09/10/2022

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. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

BNL’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement.  The Radiation Detection and Emerging Safeguards Technologies (RD&EST) Group pursues research and development in radiation detection technology and applications in security, safeguards, and healthcare, ranging from development of novel radiation detectors and design and construction of detector systems for broad applications to test and evaluation of radiation detection equipment to support sponsors in operation and research. In addition, the Group also work on artificial intelligence and machine learning to address questions related to detection and safeguards of nuclear and radioactive materials.

Position Description

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate with knowledge and experience in electronic circuit design and application development. Working under the supervision of the Group Leader, you will be a key person in the group in charge of electronics design and system development. You will participate in the ongoing research, leading design and testing of data acquisition systems for custom radiation detectors in X-ray and SPECT imaging systems as well as detector prototypes for nonproliferation applications.  In addition, you will contribute to future proposals to develop new research opportunities in the group. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Group Leader and other research scientists to create development plans for radiation detection systems in applications of national security, nuclear security and healthcare
  • Responsible for electronics designs in product development cycle from schematic design to firmware/software development, system integration, and system testing
  • Work closely with engineering team on PCB layout designs and PCB/Detector assembly
  • Participate in the testing and evaluation of custom-built and commercial radiation detection systems in the laboratory and at other experimental sites
  • Provide engineering support to radiation detector test and evaluation campaigns
  • Give presentations at BNL lectures, conferences, and project review meetings where research results are discussed.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in any one of the following fields: Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics or equivalent discipline
  • Knowledge of analog, digital and mixed-signal circuits
  • Laboratory experience in troubleshooting in printed circuit boards
  • Hands-on experience in printed circuit board schematic and layout designs
  • Hands-on experience in FPGA programming in VHDL or Verilog language and development of firmware for standalone microcontrollers or SoC chips
  • Knowledge of I/O and communication standards, e.g., SPI, I2C, USB 2/3, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and AXI
  • Experience in desktop application development in C/C++ or Python in Linux and/or Windows
  • Knowledge and experience in data analysis to determine performance of circuits and systems
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of and experience in radiation detectors and radiation detection systems
  • Working knowledge and experience in electronics manufacturing and production
  • Experience in the latest Xilinx/Altera FPGAs and/or SOC FPGAs
  • Experience in ARM and/or RISC-V CPUs
  • Programming experience using C++ with QT framework
  • Working knowledge of real-time Operating System

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

The main scope of work will be conducted in an office environment as well as in the laboratory.  The successful candidate must be able to conduct the activities safely in BNL laboratories by completing required trainings, interpreting laboratory safety information postings, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.


  • Position may require occasional travel, up to 5% of time.
  • Initial 2-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding
  • BNL policy requires that after obtaining a PhD, eligible candidates for research associate appointments may not exceed a combined total of 5 years of relevant work experience as a post-doc and/or in an R&D position, excluding time associated with family planning, military service, illness or other life-changing events

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 at the start of your employment.

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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