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Brookhaven National Laboratory Scientific Researcher or Engineer - Data Acquisition Systems (Experienced) in Upton, New York

Scientific Researcher or Engineer - Data Acquisition Systems (Experienced)

Job ID #: 1488

Job Category:

Scientific Associate

Position Type:

Full Time - Regular


IO-Instrumentation Division







Why Work at BNL?

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.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for experimental research programs at Brookhaven National Lab and to maintain 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

Data acquisitions systems are key components of the systems being developed in Brookhaven National Lab’s Instrumentation Division. Modern detectors produce increasingly higher data rates and require complex data handling and management. This is achieved by a careful consideration of information density and power trade-offs and it is implemented through a combination of dedicated front-end circuitry, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Data Acquisition (DAQ), commodity computing and storage system. The variety and complexity associated with this development require diverse teams working in close contact with the experimenters.

We are seeking an experienced Scientific Researcher or Engineer with a focus on Data Acquisition Systems to join our group and work in close collaboration with other departments across the Laboratory. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, collaborative individual with experience developing high-bandwidth, low latency FPGA-based designs, including RTL coding, synthesis, timing analysis, simulation, verification and lab test and debug.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate professional level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills, as well as years of relevant experience. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop data acquisition systems

  • Interface and collaborate with other departments across the laboratory

  • Lead and participate in testing and measurements at the laboratory and at experiment sites

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent discipline.

  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible relevant experience.

  • Knowledge of FGPA design using the latest generation Xilinx/Altera, HDL coding using VHDL and/or Verilog and High speed transceiver design (GTP/GTX/GTH).

  • Programming using C/C++ and Python in a Linux environment.

  • Familiarity with standard communication protocols (PCIe, 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet, USB, DDR, AXI).

  • Advanced problem solving skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Seasoned ability to articulate and present ideas.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with a team, and in large collaborations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent discipline.

  • Printed Circuit Board schematic capture and layout experience.

  • Experience with hardware circuit design including ADCs, DACs, microprocessors, memories, linear/switching voltage regulators.

  • Familiarity with research environment is desirable.

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

  • Retirement 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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