Electronics Engineer

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Berkeley Lab’s (LBNL) Engineering Division has an exciting opening for an Electronics Engineer to join our team.

The Electronics Systems Group provides detectors and camera systems for the Advanced Light Source (ALS), the leading soft x-ray synchrotron in the world and the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM).  The matrix structure of the LBNL Engineering Department provides the opportunity to work independently and in teams and to experience a wide range of technical challenges in many scientific disciplines.

As a member of the Electronics Systems Engineering group you will perform a variety of challenging engineering tasks such as the conceptualization, design, planning, implementation, and commissioning of state-of-the-art electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems for semiconductor detectors. Assignments will include analog circuit simulation, analog and digital design, PC board layout and fabrication, FPGA design, coding, simulation and synthesis, circuit debugging, test stand development and systems implementation.

Electronics Engineer (Level 3) Specific Responsibilities:

  • Execute detailed electronics circuit design and verification by simulation and produce electronics hardware by creating schematics, PCB layouts, and all documentation required for fabrication.

  • Plan and execute circuit testing and diagnostics for system designs.

  • Have sufficient general electronics experience to know how to analyze results and propose new systems for novel detectors.

  • Work collaboratively with scientists and engineers both from LBNL and from other institutions to provide recommendations, requirements and specifications, and implement solutions in your area of expertise.

  • Interact with a broad range of engineers, scientists, graduate students and post-docs, technicians and administrative staff.

  • Support preparation of new proposals, from the development of technical concepts to the preparation of budgets and schedules.

  • Document ongoing and completed work and present it at conferences and workshops. Publish in relevant journals.

  • Adhere to the Berkeley Lab’s EH&S policies and maintain all required related training up to date.

In addition to the above, Electronics Engineer (Level 4) Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work independently, apply electronics engineering principles, develop methods, and research techniques toward the solution of complex technical problems of state-of-the-art electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems for semiconductor detectors.

  • Provide engineering direction and judgment for developmental work, with due consideration for scientific and practical concerns.

  • May serve as Lead Engineer on a project/program. May provide supervision and leadership to technical staff.

  • Work collaboratively with scientists and engineers both from LBNL and from other institutions to provide recommendations, requirements and specifications, and implement solutions in your area and outside your area of expertise.

  • Serve as a mentor to other engineers and technical staff.

Additional Responsibilities as needed for Electronics Engineer (level 3 & 4):

  • Apply project management principles for successful completion of projects.

  • Work in complex user facilities.

Electronics Engineer (Level 3) Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent work experience.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and abilities to fully understand the area of electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems and to resolve issues in creative ways.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in working on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

  • Experience in high-speed, low-noise analog circuit design techniques and in analog circuit simulation tools (such as PSPICE) and schematic capture tools (such as ORCAD).

  • Experience in C software design and Lab Window ANSI C environment.

  • Experience in design electronic instrumentation and data acquisition system involving of large number of channels.

  • Support the estimation of manpower, time and expense for completion of projects.

  • Network with senior internal and external personnel in the area of electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

In addition to the above, Electronics Engineer (Level 4) Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and abilities in solving a wide-range of electronics engineering problems and in using engineering concepts to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in working on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

  • Demonstrated ability to estimate manpower, time and expense for completion of projects.

  • Demonstrate ability to network with key contacts outside the area of electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems.

  • Ability to lead and supervise others effectively in a team environment.

Additional Desired Qualifications for Electronics Engineer (Level 3 & 4):

  • Graduate Degree in Engineering preferred.

  • 3+ years of experience working in a research and development environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to enhance capabilities to a complex user facility, while minimizing operational impact.

  • PhD and/or Master degree in Electrical Engineering or related field.

  • 3+ years of experience working in a research and development environment.

  • Experience in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) firmware development using VHDL and Verilog.

  • Working knowledge of DSP design technique and embedded design system using FPGA with Hard or Soft core CPUs.

  • Demonstrated ability to enhance capabilities to a complex user facility, while minimizing operational impact.

  • Knowledge in custom ASIC testing.

  • Knowledge in project management techniques.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes:

  • This is a full time, 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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