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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Electronics

Job ID 1338 Date posted 06/26/2018

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 Radiation Detector and Nonproliferation Research and Development Group focuses on research of advanced gamma-ray and neutron detectors for security and diagnostic medical imaging.  The Group’s work currently is directed at the fields of advanced material growth, novel detector R&D, and design/construction of radiation-detection instrument.  The Group has in-house capabilities of material growth and characterization and detector testing, and also uses Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) and National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) for material/device fabrication and testing. In the field of instrumentation development, the Group develops low-noise low-power application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for signal readout from detectors, designs novel radiation-detection devices/systems including hardware and software, and constructs/tests prototype systems.

The Radiation Detector and Nonproliferation Research and Development Group has an opening position for a Postdoctoral Research Associate.  The successful candidate will work in a team to develop radiation detector systems.  Specifically he/she will participate in design of low-power, low-noise, mixed-signal ASICs for radiation detectors including development of design specifications, system-level modeling, schematic circuit design and physical layout at the transistor level, and design verification.  The candidate will also work on design and construction of ASIC test systems and carry out actual ASIC tests. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Modeling sensors and front-end electronics at system level.
  • Participating in ASIC designs including system-level modeling, schematic design, simulation, layout, and design verification.
  • Working with printed circuit board design engineers to design and prepare ASIC test systems.
  • Testing/characterizing prototype ASICs in laboratory.
  • Analyzing experimental data.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A PhD in physics, nuclear engineering or electrical/electronic engineering.
  • Knowledge of analog/mixed-signal circuit design, especially low-noise amplifiers design and optimization of circuit parameters to meet design requirements.
  • Hands-on experience in analog/mixed-signal ASIC design with deep submicron CMOS technologies.
  • Experience with integrated circuit design tools for schematics design (analog and mixed-signal circuits), simulation, physical design, design verification and parasitic extraction for post-layout simulation.
  • Experience in designing ASIC test systems and testing ASICs in laboratory environment.
  • Ability to work in multi-institution collaboration teams.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of radiation detectors, especially semiconductor detectors
  • Experience of printed circuit board design
  • Experience of digital circuit design with CMOS technologies
  • Knowledge of circuit modeling languages (VHDL, Verilog, ...)
  • Knowledge of programming language (C++, python, …)
  • Hands-on problem-solving skills with excellent verbal and written communication skills

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Essential functions from Job Assessment Form (JAF) such as: arm/hand dexterity; alertness, visually demanding work (near vision), mental concentration; hearing; hearing alarms/understand speech; speaking.


BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

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