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Printed Circuit Board Designer

Job ID 3515 Date posted 12/07/2022

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.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for experimental research programs at Brookhaven Lab and to maintain the expertise and facilities in specialized high technology areas essential for this work. Development of facilities is motivated by present Brookhaven research programs and anticipated future directions of research. Our work has a significant impact on programs throughout the world that rely on state-of-the-art radiation detectors and readout electronics.

Position Description

The Instrumentation Division currently has a full-time opportunity for a Printed Circuit Board Designer.  Under general technical direction, you will assist scientists and engineers in the design and layout of very complex layouts of printed circuit boards. We seek your innovative and creative technical solutions-oriented approach to PCB components and assemblies for a wide variety of specialized products.  Assignments are usually on a project basis with long-term objectives and anticipated results. In this role, you may direct and coordinate the work efforts of other technical support personnel assigned to a specific project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist scientists and engineers in the design and layout of very complex layouts of printed circuit boards.
  • Provide innovative and creative technical solutions to working plans, detailed drawings, and completed electrical drawings of printed circuit board components and assemblies for a wide variety of specialized products. 
  • Work from preliminary schematics, notes, part lists, rough or detailed sketches, a basic description of the board function, and configuration and arrangement as defined by the engineers.
  • Establish design standards and configurations, work with CAD/CAM software to verify completed design elements while checking dimensions, materials to be used and quantities.
  • May direct and coordinate the work efforts of other technical support staff assigned to a specific project.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills and experience.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires the equivalent of a technical institute or associate’s degree in a related scientific or technical field
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in the field of Printed Circuit Board Design, including:
    • drawing schematics from engineer’s input; creating new components for a parts library
    • designing analog and digital multi-layer printed circuit boards for analog, and high-speed/high density digital applications and working with CAM routines for inspecting PCB artwork for outside fabrication
    • using Mentor Graphics PADS Layout and Router Software
  • Familiar with IPC Standards for PCB Design
  • Ability to work closely with Scientists and Engineers on specialized assignments with the aptitude to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment
  • Ability to effectively work and make decisions with minimal supervision

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with Autocad software.
  • Experience with Mentor Graphics DxDesigner and/or Pads Logic.
  • Experience with Downstream Technologies CAM350 software.
  • Experience with Controlled Impedance Calculators.

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

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 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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