Electronics Engineer - Digital/Mixed-Signal Hardware

92085 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) has an immediate opening for an Electronics Engineer in the  Engineering Division to support Advanced Light Source (ALS) programs. As a member of the ALS Instrumentation Group, you will perform a variety of interesting and challenging engineering tasks related to state-of-the-art electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems for particle accelerators and other scientific applications. This work may cover all phases of a system's life cycle: conceptualization, design, planning, implementation, and commissioning. Assignments will be chosen to maximize the team's effectiveness in developing analog and digital board designs for digital signal processing systems (typically using FPGAs) for real-time monitoring and control applications, including simulation and software support.

The ALS is a world-class, accelerator-based user facility that provides high-intensity, high energy photon beams for science. A 200-meter circumference electron accelerator generates photon packets that feed the more than 40 independent beamlines where more than 2,000 scientists perform their experiments annually.  The ALS has recently started a major accelerator upgrade project to rejuvenate the facility for many years to come.


What You Will Do:

  • Assist in developing state-of-the-art electronic instrumentation and data acquisition systems for particle accelerators.
  • Perform a variety of engineering tasks (e.g., developmental work, characterization measurements, design and develop electronic systems, chassis layout, and circuit board design), which may include:
    • Mixed signal and digital component-based circuit design, including simulation and layout.
    • FPGA system selection, design, and simulation, including hardware and firmware.
    • Software programming to support test & measurement equipment.
    • Implementation of advanced test and measurement equipment in the field and laboratory.
  • Perform work for various project phases, which may include design, implementation, review, integration, test, and commissioning.
  • Contribute to project planning activities and the maintenance of large projects, including:
    • Defining scope and providing cost and schedule estimates.
    • Participating in design reviews.
    • Generating documentation, baseline data, and operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with scientists and engineers to provide recommendations, requirements and specifications, and implement engineering solutions in your area of expertise.
  • Participate in the global community of accelerator instrumentation engineers.
  • Provide occasional off-hours support when needed to install, troubleshoot, repair, and commission systems for the ALS, a 24/7 operational user facility.
  • Be diligent about safety. Adhere to the Berkeley Lab’s safety policies and stay current on all required training.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Contribute to accelerator physics and/or control systems areas of projects.
  • Contribute to external collaborations.


What is Required:

  • BS or equivalent in Engineering or a related field. Advanced degree is desirable.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of electronic instrumentation systems and/or devices.
  • Experience with printed-circuit board design software (e.g., schematic capture, layout) as well as mixed signal and digital circuit simulation software.
  • Experience with FPGA-based electronic designs.
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of project engineering, requirements, specifications and design.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact effectively with experts in multiple disciplines, including instrumentation, electronics engineering, technical support, mechanical engineering, physics, and operations.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Mentor xPedition/PADS or Cadence Allegro.
  • Experience with Embedded Processor or System-On-Chip FPGA systems.
  • Experience with Python or Matlab.
  • Experience with commercial network analyzers, data acquisition systems, frequency synthesizers, and oscilloscopes. 
  • Knowledge and/or experience with accelerator physics and/or control systems.



  • 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.
  • Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  • 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.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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