Why Work at BNL? Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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.
BNL's Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement. The Radiation Detection and Emerging Safeguards Technologies Group pursues research and development in radiation detection technology and applications in security, safeguards, and healthcare. In addition, the Group also provides engineering support test and evaluation of radiation detection equipment to address sponsors' needs in operation and research. The Application Engineer will work on projects under the supervision of the Group Leader and other Department Leaders.
The Nonproliferation and National Security Department seeks an Application Engineer with knowledge and experience in electronic circuit design and application development. The Application Engineer will participate in the ongoing research, leading design and testing of data acquisition systems for various radiation detection devices and systems and contribute to future proposals to develop new research opportunities in the group. The successful candidate is also expected to provide engineering support to radiation detector test and evaluation campaigns. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community and will be responsible to give presentations at BNL lectures, conferences and project review meetings where research results are discussed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with the Group Leader to develop technical plans for radiation detection systems in applications of national security, nuclear security and healthcare
Lead engineering designs and participate in actual design tasks in the overall design cycle from specification development to schematic/layout design, software development and system testing
Lead and participate in the testing and evaluation of custom-built and commercial radiation detection systems in the laboratory and at experimental sites
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Bachelor's degree in any of the following; Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics or equivalent discipline
Three years progressively responsible full-time relevant experience
Familiarity with product development cycle from specification development, design planning and execution, engineering design, benchtop and field test, and evaluation
Knowledge of analog, digital and mixed-signal circuits
Experience in printed circuit board schematic and layout designs
Hands-on experience in FPGA-based design including coding in VHDL or Verilog
Hands-on experience in microcontroller-based design and firmware development
Knowledge of I/O and communication standards, e.g., SPI, I 2 C, USB 2/3, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet and AXI
Experience in application programming in C/C++ or Python in Linux and/or Windows
Clear and concise oral and written communication and presentation skills
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Master's degree in any of the following; Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent discipline
Working knowledge of and experience in radiation detectors and radiation detection systems
Working knowledge and experience in electronics manufacturing and production
Experience in the latest Xilinx/Altera FPGAs and/or SOC FPGAs
Experience in ARM and/or RISC-V CPUs
Programming experience using C++ with QT framework
Working knowledge of real-time Operating System
Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:
The main scope of work will be conducted in an office environment as well as in the laboratory. The successful candidate must be able to conduct the activities safely in BNL laboratories by completing required trainings, interpreting laboratory safety information postings, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)
Person working on this position may need occasional travels, up to 5% of time.
Initial 2-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding
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:
Paid Parental Leave
Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits
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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About Brookhaven National Laboratory
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.