Electronics Engineering Associate

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Engineering Division has an immediate opening for an Electronics Engineering Associate to join the team.

Under general supervision and consultation with scientists and engineers, provide moderately complex and varied technical support for the Accelerator section of the Advanced Light Source upgrade project (ALS-U). You will be responsible for providing electronic design, documentation, procurement, fabrication/installation instruction, and testing of ALS-U Accelerator Electronic systems.

The ALS is a dynamic national scientific user facility that provides thousands of scientists from around the world access to bright beams of x-rays, infrared, and extreme ultraviolet light for scientific studies and technology development in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our growing team!

This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Under consultation, apply technical expertise and knowledge of standard engineering/scientific concepts and practices to provide multifunctional electronic design and coordination for implementation of experimental apparatus, equipment, systems, or facilities. Determines design approaches and parameters.  Analyzes equipment to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests and evaluates results. Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability.
  • Collaborate in the specifying of electrical infrastructure including identifying AC loads, AC delivery material and methods to racks and components, and also material and methods for control cabling and wireway, conforming to National Electric Code (NEC) and LBNL standards.
  • Specify, research, and purchase electronics equipment racks by identifying varied requirements,
  • adhering to NEC, NRTL, and seismic regulations and standards.
  • Maintain appropriate level of documentation for the accelerator and beamline electrical and electronic systems including design proposals, specifications, installation instructions, and schematics for ALS-U conforming to ALS, LBNL, and industry standards. Utilize appropriate and approved CAD tools, software programs, and procedures to complete all documentation.
  • Coordinate, specify, and purchase hardware for ALS-U related jobs by exercising judgment within defined procedures and practices, including reviewing design prints, establishing inspection criteria for product conformity and selecting materials adhering to LBNL requirements for UL listing.
  • Contribute in the management of cost and schedule for ALS-U electronic projects, utilizing approved project management tools.
  • Provide technical input and apply standard principles, theories, and/ or concepts in the development of new methods and concepts.
  • Provide resolutions to technical problems of moderately complex scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors, providing expertise and guidance to technical personnel.
  • Maintain communication with all key project personnel, including maintaining logbooks, updating online document repositories, coordinating and/or contributing to meetings.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • May supervise the activities of non-exempt personnel.
  • Support non-ALS projects at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in functional specialty closely aligned with relevant program and extensive related professional technical experience preferred.
  • Experience with accelerator and beamline electronic systems
  • Solid foundation in CAD design techniques, design rules and specifications; AutoCad or Orcad experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute designs and coordinate implementation of technical projects, or
    operational assignments from beginning to end, using project management principles.
  • Solid foundation in electronics circuit and system design, testing and troubleshooting.
  • Excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to interact effectively with scientists and
    engineers in defining goals and contributing to their realization.
  • Proficient in basic computer skills, i.e. MS Word, Excel, Project.
    Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Familiarity with programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) and basic ladder logic.
    Knowledge of electrical safety principles and practices
  • Working knowledge of the National Electric Code, NFPA-70 & NFPA70E.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • AA degree in Electronics Engineering Technology or related field, with 4 years’ equivalent experience.
  • Experience with the installation and/or operation of the following types of systems:
  • Electrical power distribution.
  • knowledge equivalent to BS degree is preferred.
  • Low conductivity and cooled water monitoring systems.
  • Database management tools.
  • Ultra-high vacuum control systems.
  • Electronic equipment and electronics enclosures.
  • Large electro and/or permanent magnets.
  • High current and/or high voltage DC power supplies
  • Working knowledge of various Industrial Controls Systems (e.g., PLC, SCADA, DCS)
  • Personnel safety and equipment interlocks.
  • Knowledge of networking hardware and protocols.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • 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, monthly paid, exempt 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.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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