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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics

Job ID 1516 Date posted 11/06/2018

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 Electronic Detector Group (EDG) in the Physics Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory has major current responsibilities centered on an extensive neutrino program focused on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and including Daya Bay, PROSPECT and the short baseline neutrino program at FNAL (SBN), as well as development of associated detectors. BNL has significant leadership in rare process research focusing on Belle II and including g-2. The EDG currently has twenty physicists at various career levels and a long history of research in fundamental particle physics. In collaboration with the Instrumentation Division the group is performing research and development in electronics and detector design for liquid-argon TPCs. In collaboration with the BNL Chemistry Department, the group is performing research and development on liquid scintillator and reactor neutrino experiments. The group is participating in the development of the FELIX based data acquisition system for possible deployment in Belle II, DUNE, testbeam experiments at Fermilab and other applications.

The Physics Department has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in DAQ development with opportunities to participate in our research in rare processes and/or neutrinos. The successful candidate is expected to play an essential role in the FELIX based DAQ system development for possible deployment in Belle II, DUNE, testbeam experiments at Fermilab and other applications, participate in FPGA firmware design, perform system evaluation, performance characterization and experiment integration tests. The candidate will work within the electronic detector group and have broad associations with other groups in the laboratory and throughout the world to carry out his/her function. Domestic and international travel should be expected. She/he is expected to work under the general assignment of the EDG scientific staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in experimental high energy or nuclear physics, or instrumentation for particle and nuclear physics.
  • Interest in physics at the intensity frontier.
  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation, HDL based FPGA firmware design, simulation, and test.
  • Knowledge of system evaluation, performance characterization and experiment integration tests of detector readout and data acquisition system.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with HDL based FPGA programming, data analysis and detector physics/development
  • Experience in instrumentation development of scientific detector systems.
  • Experience with detector development: design, construction, testing, operation.
  • Solid foundation in electronics system design and measurement.
  • Knowledge of mixed-signal circuits, digital signal processing, modern electronic components and EDA tools for circuit simulation
  • Familiarity with instrumentation control software development, data acquisition, and data analysis based on C/C++ and Python.
  • Hands-on problem solving skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.           
  • Ability to work in a large international collaboration.


Requires travel, including foreign travel. 

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

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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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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