Postdoc Research Associate: Neutrino Physics and Cold Electronics
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Location: Upton, New York
Internal Number: 2673
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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.
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
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
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