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ASIC Design Engineer (multiple positions/levels)

Position Description
Are you interested in putting your skills in action and thrive in a technology-driven, team environment? If yes, then BNL is where you want to be!

We seek motivated ASIC Design Engineers to join our Instrumentation Division. We look for candidates interested in a broad range of ASIC design subjects from base-band analog, RF, digital, data converters, data transmission and sensors. You will work in a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of scientists, engineers, and other technical team members in our ASIC team. You will have an opportunity to carry out R&D and design, develop and build analog, digital, and mixed-mode application specific integrated circuits for instruments developed for BNL and our partners.

Our science and engineering challenges are complex and unique! We are engaged in the development of ASICs for particle detectors, high resolution X- and gamma-ray spectrometers, and high-rate photon counters and imagers. Our ASICs work in extreme environments (such as cryogenic temperatures) or must withstand extreme irradiation doses, thus represent unique layout challenges. We are also actively carrying out R&D programs focused on Quantum Information Science, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Neuromorphic Processing that require ASICs with specific layouts. The applications of these ASICs extend beyond BNL to a variety of international user facilities: your work will have the potential to shape the instruments used for scientific discovery and engineering advancements across the globe!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
As a member of the ASIC team, you will:
  • Contribute to innovative solutions for new circuits design and the adoption of novel microelectronics technologies
  • Carry-out design of analog, digital or mixed-mode (i.e., analog-digital) ASICs for instruments developed by BNL’s Instrumentation Division
  • Design circuit networks, using schematic entry and layout tools with full-custom or timing-driven layout tools in Cadence or similar CAD/EDA environment
  • Collaborate to develop models of circuit networks and system components in hardware description languages specific for analog or digital modeling (Verilog-A and Verilog/SystemVerilog) towards synthesis with time-enclosed place and route and embedment of analog blocks into digital structures
  • Perform full-custom or automated, from RTL code, physical ASIC design implementation
  • Build analog or digital test-benches and carry-out mixed analog and digital circuit simulations
  • Develop design specifications based on theoretical analyses and in conjunction with application needs
  • Prepare technical documentation and carry-out test-board designs and laboratory testing
  • Participate in codesigning of ASICs and sensors with Technology CAD tools, collaborating and brainstorming ideas for progression in machine learning, artificial intelligence, quantum science
  • Contribute to modeling and physical simulations of active circuit components
  • Contribute to new project initiatives and develop proposals and disseminate your work
(Selected candidates will be placed at the appropriate level based on the depth and breadth of relevant engineering knowledge, skills and experience.)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or closely related field of study
  • Three or more years related work experience
  • Familiarity with specificity of ASIC design processes and flows
  • Familiarity with CAD/EDA tools for ASIC design and their interoperability
  • Ability to work with diverse group members in a multi-user process and design managed environment and be ready to step up to challenges

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Advanced degree (MSc) in an engineering, physical sciences discipline, or closely related field of study
  • Ability to execute analog and/or digital ASIC design flows for performing design tasks
  • Knowledge of readout integrated circuits for radiation sensors, including signal processing, signal filtering, signal conversion, data transmission, high speed electronics
  • Ability of working with SKILL, Tcl/Tk, ASSURA and Calibre DRC/LVS verification decks syntax as well as operating system shell scripting or other scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python)
  • Knowledge of front-end and back-end ASIC design elements, such as layout, physical verification, and design verification