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POST DATE 10/11/2017
END DATE 12/20/2017

Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY

Upton, NY
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JOB ID 1127 DATE POSTED 10/10/2017

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 Radiation Detector and Nonproliferation Research and Development Group focuses on research of advanced gamma-ray and neutron detectors for security and diagnostic medical imaging. The Group s work currently is directed at the fields of advanced material growth, novel detector R&D, and design/construction of radiation-detection instrument. The Group has in-house capabilities of material growth and characterization and detector testing, and also uses Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) and National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) for material/device fabrication and testing. In the field of instrumentation development, the Group develops low-noise low-power application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for signal readout from detectors, designs novel radiation-detection devices/systems including hardware and software, and constructs/tests prototype systems.

Position Description

The Radiation Detector and Nonproliferation Research and Development Group has an opening position for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will work in a team to develop radiation detector systems. Specifically he/she will participate in design of low-power, low-noise, mixed-signal ASICs for radiation detectors including development of design specifications, system-level modeling, schematic circuit design and physical layout at the transistor level, and design verification. The candidate will also work on design and construction of ASIC test systems and carry out actual ASIC tests.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Modeling radiation detector and front-end electronics at system level.

Developing design specifications of ASICs.

Participating in ASIC designs including system-level modeling, schematic design, simulation, layout, and design verification.

Working with printed circuit board design group to design and prepare ASIC test systems.

Testing/characterizing prototype ASICs in laboratory.
* Analyzing test data.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


A PhD in physics, nuclear engineering or electrical/electronic engineering.

Demonstrated knowledge of microelectronics and circuit design, especially low-noise analog circuit design

Knowledge of and training on mixed-signal CMOS circuit design

Hands-on experience in ASIC design with 250 nm, 180 nm or more advanced CMOS technologies

Experience with integrated circuit design tools, simulation, design and verification of mixed-signal ASICs
* Knowledge of scintillator and semiconductor radiation detectors: principles of operation, properties and signal readout.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Good communication skills to collaborate with other team members and present the research work at professional conferences

Experience in experimental verification, designing ASIC test systems, and testing ASICs in laboratory setting

Knowledge of circuit modeling languages (VHDL, Verilog, ...)

Experience of printed circuit board design

Knowledge of C++ and/or python programming language and ROOT data analysis

Other information:

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



Life Insurance

401(k) 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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