Electrical Engineer

Website BrookhavenLab NSLS-II (National Synchrotron Light Source)

Job ID 3126Date posted 04/28/2022

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.

Organizational Overview

Organizational Overview

The Data Science and Systems Integration (DSSI) program looks after all the controls systems, networks and data storage and computation for the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) facility, including support for ~30 operational beamlines.

Position Description
The Photon Sciences Division at NSLS-II  is seeking an individual with technical curiosity, sound organizational thinking and an ability to work with people in a hands-on Electrical Engineer role. The individual will apply gained knowledge to new, unrelated problems and evaluate existing technical solutions (in-house or commercial). Training will be provided where required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Assist in development of control systems for leading edge scientific instrumentation together with expert computer science staff, to advance research capabilities in support of the facility mission.

  • Close collaboration with Software Engineers and Data Scientists as well as the beamline staff to help meet the program objectives.
  • Assist with programming of complex motor controllers to optimize speed or position.
  •  Hands-on work with mechanical engineers and scientists to deliver and maintain state-of -the-art beamline systems for scientific research.
  • Design of small in-house produced controllers for a variety of applications.
  • Guidance of technicians working on instrumentation or controls projects.

The majority of the work involves low voltages and instrumentation equipment.  It does not involve fixed installations of 115V and above.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related area. Advanced degree holders will also be considered.
  • Hands-on experience in some of the following disciplines: temperature and/or motion controls, basic CAD design for electrical or instrumentation systems, experience with soldering and crimping, familiarity with laboratory electronics (oscilloscope, power spectrum analyzers, amplifiers, advanced power supplies, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of at least one of the following: computer logic / programming, building and configuring computers, understanding remote device communication (either analog or digital).
  • Problem solving ability applied to instrumentation or controls aspects of projects for complex environments, robotics, technical equipment, software and work planning (procedures, safety, etc.).
  • Ability to work independently and with a team in an inclusive and diverse environment,
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to identify and apply new approaches,

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Some demonstratable experience in relevant areas (electrical experience in scientific industry or development/testing laboratories, research facilities, university research laboratories). Knowledge and some experience in scientific instrumentation and/or research environment. Knowledge or experience of applied engineering projects.
  • Direct experience with debugging, maintaining, and/or repairing technical equipment.
  • A practical knowledge of robotics, automotive electronics, raspberry pi, microcontrollers, or similar.
Other Information:

  • Selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills, and experience.

Environmental, Health and Safety:

  • Lifting of 30 pounds, and ability to climb a ladder

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, Table Tennis, Softball, Tennis)


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 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.

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