SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, CA
Analog Electronics Staff Engineer 3
Job ID 4418
The Electronics Systems department of the Technology Innovation directorate at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking a talented Electronics Engineer to contribute to development of state of the art electronics systems used in a variety of experiments and facilities. These facilities include but are not limited to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), Cosmic Microwave Background Stage 4 (CMB-S4), Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), Next Enriched Xenon Observatory (nEXO), Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX) and Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS). As an Electronics Engineer, you will be part of the Electronics Systems department of the Instrumentation Division. Members of this department provide end-to-end electrical and software solutions for the laboratory and external sponsors that encompass unique science and engineering challenges. The department also hosts world-class competence spanning concept, design, testing and operation and maintenance of high-speed data acquisition and electrical control systems for research instrumentation.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of scientific and engineering staff and contribute to and participate in designing hardware and firmware components in advanced electronics systems, including high speed cameras for next generation X-ray light sources, readout electronics for quantum sensing devices and data processing engines utilizing Artificial Intelligence inference engines You will also develop solutions to challenges in the areas of sensors, ASICs, analog and high-speed digital electronics boards, high-speed signal transmission, fast data-acquisition and processing, and mechanical packaging and cooling. Position reports to the Electronics Systems Department Head.
Note: Due to COVID-19-related curtailment of on-site activities, the job duties for this position may be required to be performed from home until full site access is restored. Given the nature of this position, SLAC is open to both telecommuting and remote work options.
Your specific responsibilities include:
- Lead the development of a project, managing technical direction, budget and schedule
- Specify and design circuit boards, both low noise analog and high speed digital, to support instrumentation systems.
- Architect and implement firmware in FPGAs to support both the front end operation of detectors and back end operation of data acquisition systems including embedded processor applications.
- Be part of the team designing the concept, architecture, and components of future advanced instrumentation systems.
- Perform characterization, calibration and integration of state of the art silicon detectors for use at experiments such as LCLS, LSST, nEXO and SMBS4.
- Responsible for detector system integration, including components such as silicon sensors, ASICs, electronics, firmware, readout electronics and data acquisition.
- Lead and support the assembly, integration and testing of components for next generation instrumentation systems for a range of applications such as high-energy physics collider or fixed-target experiments, FEL x-ray sources and dark matter searches.
- Work closely with the groups developing sensors and ASICs together with the mechanical and electrical engineers to optimize the design, assembly, and integration and testing of x-ray cameras for LCLS.
- Provide guidance in functionality and performance testing of electronics to readout (CCD) sensors. Includes overseeing integration and testing of cryostat based front-end electronics with (ATCA) or PCIe based data-acquisition systems.
- Play a key role in functionality and performance testing and maintaining detectors, including test beams and interfacing with existing instrumentation and accelerator experts to optimize the detector performance.
- Collaborate with other instrumentation development groups at SLAC and other scientific institutions.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
- Bachelor’s degree in electronics, physics or related fields.
- Must have at least 4 years of experience in the following areas:
- Digital circuit design and testing, schematic entry and simulation, VHDL or Verilog coding and simulation.
- Leading a small team of engineers on a project development
- All aspects of FPGA's including the current family of XILINX devices.
- Engineering of high-speed real-time embedded systems comprising embedded processors
- Debugging/testing of prototype boards required.
- Designing electronics systems and seeing modules and systems through from concept to testing.
- C, C++, and python language experience.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and be self-motivated.
- Strong analytical thinking and ability to synthesize complex technical and scientific information are a must.
- Excellent communications skills and ability to work well in a research and development team.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Proven project management and team leadership skills
Here is the link if you are interested in applying: https://erp-hprdext.erp.slac.stanford.edu/psc/hprdext/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.
Job Type: Full-time
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Referral program
- Tuition reimbursement
- Vision insurance
- Temporarily due to COVID-19