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The Electronics Firmware Engineer is responsible for the design, implementation, modeling, programming, construction and repair of electronic equipment used in research and instruction within the IU Physics department. The Engineer interacts with research faculty and graduate students in the design and programming of cutting-edge custom electronics for experiments deployed at IU and at collaborating institutions throughout the world. Research and development seed projects form the basis for attracting external funding. The Engineer is responsible for the design and manufacturing of solutions at the chip, board, and system level based on design criteria. Responsible for simulation of appropriate components of systems and subsystems, building prototypes, supervising construction, and developing documentation for manufacture, testing and use. Provides electronics and computer interface support to the department's teaching labs. Specific tasks include the design of sensitive analog circuits for use in detectors, high-speed data acquisition and control systems for detectors including Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) programming, programming of microprocessors and systems-on-chips, power supply subsystems for detectors, and circuits required for the use of vacuum electron devices.
Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computing Engineering or Physics and two years of experience in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) or Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design, including experience with chip-level solutions.
Familiarity with Xilinx Vivado tools and printed circuit board layout software (Mentor Graphics) and computer programming (C, Python, VHDL, and others). Familiarity with microprocessors and System-on-Chip technology (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and others). Familiarity with both analog and digital circuits. Familiarity with data communication techniques and standards (USB, Ethernet, CAN, gigabit serial, VME, ATCA, PCI, and others). Familiarity with power supply systems including high currents and high voltages. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to follow instructions accurately. Ability to engage with physicists on design choices for high-speed algorithms. Experience with firmware development and testing. General familiarity with Physics research and teaching equipment. Ability to construct new apparatus and to calibrate, maintain, and repair new and existing apparatus. Extensive experience working with electronic systems. General knowledge of best practices for a variety of construction and programming techniques, and operation of diagnostic tools and measurement tools. Ability to read and interpret blueprints and schematics, and understand principles, underlying design, and operation of research and teaching apparatus. Familiarity with electronic components and electronics assembly techniques including surface mount. Familiarity with cables and connectors. Ability to maintain records and files on equipment. Knowledge of computers, including Windows and Linux operating systems and software.
Working Conditions / Demands
This position requires considerable creative effort to design novel circuits and systems, as well as to model and troubleshoot such designs and existing equipment that has developed a fault. Such circuits may involve state-of-the-art digital and analog components and subsystems, and are also coupled to novel experimental instrumentation. The person in this position must be able to diagnose problems with circuits they have designed as well as circuits and systems designed by others (in both commercial and non-commercial systems). In many cases generalizations of particular circuits may be required as different research groups, or teaching applications, may have similar needs that must be met under different sets of constraints.
$46,676 - $70,000
Salary Plan: PAE
Salary Grade: 3IT
Job Function: Information Technology
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