Postdoc Research Associate: Neutrino Physics and Cold Electronics
Upton, NY 
Posted 7 days ago
Job Description
Postdoc Research Associate: Neutrino Physics and Cold Electronics Job ID 2673 Date posted 11/10/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( 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

The Electronic Detector Group (EDG) in the Physics Department at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) has great strength in the study of the physics of flavor and an extensive history in kaon, muon and neutrino experiments and recent research in heavy flavor physics with the Belle II experiment. EDG physicists have major responsibilities in several neutrino experiments: the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and its prototypes (ProtoDUNE), the short-baseline neutrino program (SBN includes MicroBooNE, SBND and ICARUS), Daya Bay and PROSPECT. The EDG currently has twenty-five physicists at various career levels and a long history of research in fundamental particle physics. In collaboration with the Instrumentation Division, the group performs research and development in electronics, detector design, and event reconstruction for liquid-argon TPCs (LArTPC). In collaboration with the BNL Chemistry Department, the group performs research and development on water-based liquid scintillator and reactor neutrino experiments. In collaboration with the Computational Science Initiative, the group develops new software and computing to advance intensity frontier research. The group is leading the development of cold electronics systems for DUNE, SBN and other applications, including the second DUNE far detector based on vertical drift LArTPC technology.

Position Description

The Physics Department has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in cold electronics development for neutrino research. In this role, you will work under the general assignment of the EDG scientific staff and have a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Play an essential role in the cold electronics system development for DUNE and SBN at Fermilab, ProtoDUNE at CERN and other experiments
  • Participate in FPGA related design validation, perform system evaluation, performance characterization and experiment integration tests
  • Collaborate and work with all members of the electronic detector group with broad associations with other groups in the laboratory and throughout the world
  • Document and disseminate research results through publications and conduct research presentations at meetings and conferences

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in experimental high energy or nuclear physics, or instrumentation for particle and nuclear physics
  • Interest in physics at the intensity frontier
  • Manuscript writing and demonstrated track record of publication of research in high quality peer-reviewed journals and presentations
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based research environment
  • Understanding of system evaluation, performance characterization and experiment integration tests of detector readout and data acquisition system

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in instrumentation development of scientific detector systems
  • Experience with detector development: design, construction, testing, operation
  • Experience with tracking calorimeter technology (e.g. LArTPC)
  • Solid foundation in electronics system design and measurement
  • Knowledge of mixed-signal circuits, digital signal processing, modern electronic components and EDA tools for circuit simulation
  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation, HDL based FPGA firmware design, simulation, and test
  • Familiarity with instrumentation control software development, data acquisition, and data analysis based on C/C++ and Python
  • Hands-on problem-solving skills
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a large international collaboration


  • Initial two-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding
  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to applicants who have received their doctorate within the past five years
  • Domestic and international travel should be expected

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)
  • 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 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.

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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