Diagnostics Analog Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) user facility for nuclear science. Hosting the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes benefitting society.

FRIB will commence scientific user operation in May of 2022. FRIB is funded by DOE-SC, Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, with user facility operation supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Since 2010, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate programs.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that will enable unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.

Duties

  • Develop analog processing circuitry that feeds standard detectors (most commonly analog to digital converters)
  • Develop systems to measure low-level RF and transient signals in the presence of large DC voltage biases
  • Design, simulation and development of DC-1 GHz beam signal processing circuits based on mixed analog and digital signal processing standards
  • Design feedback control systems incorporating wideband analog circuitry and software-based control systems
  • Participate in accelerator measurements and development of new beam instrumentation and acceleration techniques
  • Develop continuous process improvements to increase machine performances and up-time
  • Responsible for all phases of instrumentation development (documentation, implementation and transfer to support)
  • Interpret and clearly state engineering specifications and requirements with minimal oversight
  • Collaborate with and direct the work of coordinators, designers, technicians, and maintenance personnel

Qualifications

Required

  • Education/background for Diagnostics Analog Engineer
    • Bachelor in electrical engineering or physical sciences with 5-7 years experience (required)
    • Masters in electrical engineering or physical sciences with 2-5 years experience (preferred)
  • Fluency in analog simulation tools such as SPICE, ADS etc.
  • Extensive experience in signal processing in both the time and frequency domains, including complex analog circuit development
  • In-depth experience with high speed analog/RF design (above 1 GHz)
  • Extensive experience in general mixed signal circuit design (analog and digital) PIDs and PILs
  • Fluent in schematic entry (Altium) and printed circuit layout
  • Proficient understanding of sampling theory and digital signal processors
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work well with diverse people of various cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work under pressure, pay close attention to detail, prioritize work, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent customer service skills and professionalism
  • Ability to collaborate and consult with researchers on instrumentation needs
  • Ability to identify problems, analyze information and implement solutions with sound judgment
  • Ability to analyze and interpret University and facility policies and procedures for safety and security
  • Ability to lift and carry 10-25 pounds frequently and 40 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to perform shift work periodically

Desired

  • Experience with particle accelerator diagnostics, RF, timing, and control systems
  • Experience in the development of electronic instrumentation for scientific applications or other complex electronic systems
  • Design and fabrication experience with high speed analog, RF and microwave circuitry using planar, coaxial and waveguide techniques
  • Experience in data acquisition software and hardware for instrument design and control
  • Ability to bridge the gap between hardware and software and to feel comfortable conveying their ideas to software development engineers
  • Proficiency with programming and scripting languages: C/C++/Python/MATLAB
  • Experience with micro-processor and/or FPGA or embedded applications
  • An understanding of advanced mathematical and scientific software applications

Benefits

MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit careers.msu.edu and search for posting number 739681 and follow the application process. 

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes supporting discoveries about the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is located on one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. on 5,300 tree-filled acres. MSU has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The greater Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

Livability.com named Lansing as the most affordable city on its 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live list and one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. East Lansing is one of the Best Places to Live according to the 2019 ranking by Livability.com. Neighboring city Okemos is No. 1 in the Niche.com 2020 Best Places to Live in Michigan ranking.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university and FRIB encourage applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.