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Research Software Engineer

Job ID JR101248 Date posted 07/10/2024

The National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is seeking exceptional candidates for the Data Science and Systems Integration (DSSI) Program. This role resides in the Data Acquisition and Detectors (DAD) group, within DSSI, working to develop high-level data acquisition tools. This ranges from integrating scientific detectors with the control system to integration with the NSLS-II data management systems. This role will support both operations of current NSLS-II beamline and the development of the next generation of beamlines from the earliest stages of development. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work collaboratively on data-oriented software projects to develop new capabilities at NSLS-II.

  • Develop and deploy software and share responsibility for its performance in operations.

  • Provide support to other scientific staff and facility users, through both teaching and troubleshooting.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related STEM discipline, and a minimum of 2 years related experience; Or MS Degree +1-year experience

  • Demonstrated experience in programming with Python.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and technical staff.

  •  Self-motivated and able to work in a team environment.

  • Willingness to learn fast.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's and 5+ years, or Master's and 3+ years, or PhD.

  • Current knowledge in high-volume scientific data collection, data management, and data-analysis concepts, and/or experience as an experimental scientist.

  • Experience managing distributed software systems.

  • Experience with detector development and control.

  • Data acquisition and management experience at a synchrotron light source, neutron source, particle accelerator, or other major scientific user facility.

  • Experience contributing to community-led open -source software projects.

  • Experience with event-driven systems.


Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $74,750.00 - $155,650.00 /year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

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.

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Brookhaven Science Associates 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. BSA 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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