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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job ID 1307 Date posted 05/09/2018

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 Omega Group in the Physics Department at BNL focuses on the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. BNL serves as the host laboratory for the U.S. ATLAS Operations Program, the Phase-I & HL-LHC Upgrade Projects, the ATLAS Tier-1 computing facility, and is designated as one of the U.S. ATLAS Support Centers. The Omega Group at BNL has major responsibilities in the operations of the ATLAS Liquid Argon calorimeter, Cathode Strip Chambers in the muon spectrometer, trigger and software development, and leads several physics analyses. The group has leading roles in ATLAS Phase-I upgrade projects (Liquid Argon calorimeter trigger readout, Muon New Small Wheel, and Trigger/Data Acquisition) and the ATLAS HL-LHC upgrade (Silicon Strip detector, Liquid Argon calorimeter readout, and Trigger/Data Acquisition). The group also has strong detector R&D programs in trigger/DAQ and on the silicon detector.

The Omega Group in the Physics Department has an opening for a two-year postdoctoral research associate to join the current effort on the ATLAS experiment. The successful candidate is expected to focus on the HL-LHC upgrade of the ATLAS Trigger/DAQ system. BNL leads the design of hardware and firmware for the Global Trigger system and for the Front-End Link Exchange (FELIX) readout system. BNL also leads the design of several other trigger and data acquisition elements for the Phase-I upgrade including the global Feature Extractor (gFEX) for the calorimeter trigger and FELIX for event data flow. The successful candidate is expected to play an essential role in FELIX and Global Trigger development in the ATLAS upgrades, participate in hardware and FPGA firmware design, perform system evaluation tests, and characterize system performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, prototype, and produce hardware and firmware for the ATLAS experiment
  • Evaluate hardware and firmware and characterize system performance
  • Participate in system integration of multiple combined systems

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D in High Energy or Nuclear Physics, or in Instrumentation for Particle & Nuclear Physics
  • Solid foundation in electronics system design and measurement
  • Knowledge of mixed-signal circuits, digital signal processing, and modern electronic components
  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation, HDL based design, simulation, and test
  • Ability to work in a large international collaboration

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in instrumentation development of scientific detector systems
  • Knowledge of EDA tools for circuit simulation, schematics entry, and PCB layout design
  • 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  


  • Domestic and international travel should be expected
  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years

Candidates seeking to apply must submit an electronic application to this opening.

Your application must include the following items as a single Word document or PDF:

1) A letter of intent outlining your interests and experience, not to exceed five pages and
2) A CV including a list of publications.

Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Linda Feierabend (

The application is complete when all of these items have been received.

Consideration of applications will begin June 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

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.

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.

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