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RF Engineer

Job ID 3201 Date posted 06/12/2022

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. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of electrons, the other a beam of protons or heavier atomic nuclei which are steered into collisions.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.

Position Description

We seek an RF Engineer to join our growing RF group within the Electron Ion Collider (EIC) divisiion.  The RF group for the EIC will be responsible for designing, building, purchasing, testing, and installing over 70 RF systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role, you will:

  • Analyze and define high level system requirements and perform design, simulation, prototyping, fabrication, integration, and testing of high power active and passive RF systems and subsystems.  
  • Collaborate with and support other electrical engineers and technicians within the RF Systems Group, EIC project scientific staff, as well as engineers and technicians in many other groups (i.e., Mechanical Engineering and Design, Vacuum Systems, Control Systems, Infrastructure) to deliver high power RF systems.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • At least three to seven years of relevant technical experience and progressive responsibility that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of RF systems
  • Demonstrated experience with high power RF and high voltage systems
  • Familiarity with electronic test equipment – e.g., function generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum and network analyzers, and multimeters
  • Experience with analog and RF circuit analysis tools – e.g., PSpice, ADS, Microwave Office
  • Good electrical and RF system testing and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate/interact with and support management, team members, contractors, vendors, project management and procurement professionals
  • Solid communication skills (written, verbal and presentation). Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with vacuum tube based high power RF systems
  • Good understanding of analog and digital electronic technologies
  • Experience with other technical software – e.g. MATLAB, Mathcad
  • Experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Able to lift up to 30 pounds, climb a ladder (low to moderate heights), wear PPE
  • Ability to sometimes work long, irregular hours

Other Information:

  • Valid drivers’ license, use of private car
  • Occasional travel (domestic and international)

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, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, 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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