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Argonne National Laboratory

Electrical Engineer (RD3) / Principal Electrical Engineer (RD4)



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

In the almost 25 years since the Advanced Photon Source (APS, [Register to View] ), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, first opened at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, it has played an essential role in some of the most pivotal discoveries and advancements in science. From chemistry to materials science to COVID-19 research, the APS is one of the most productive X-ray light sources in the world. An upgrade will make it a global leader among the next generation of light sources, opening new frontiers in science.

We invite applicants for an Electrical Engineer/Principal Electrical Engineer to develop state-of-art application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designs to be used for next-generation pixel array detectors for X-ray science for high-throughput coherent X-ray imaging. Coherent imaging methods (including ptychography) provide a powerful means of imaging materials at resolution beyond the limits of x-ray optics and under operando conditions but require challenging data handling and computational resources. The successful candidate will be part of an international, highly inter-disciplinary team of experts in ASIC design, machine learning, materials growth, advanced optimization, data compression, coherent imaging and X-ray detector development. In addition to ASIC design for pixel detectors, the appointee will also explore opportunities in advanced microelectronics in collaboration at the University of Chicago.

Candidates with a background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, machine learning, computational physics, image processing, x-ray science etc. are encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements

  • Experience with mixed-signal ASIC designs.
  • Knowledge of front-end and back-end ASIC design elements, such as layout, physical verification, and design verification
  • Knowledge of digital logic designs (RTL) using Verilog and/or System Verilog
  • Knowledge of VLSI mixed-signal ASIC design tools (CAD/EDA) and methodologies
  • Experience with building analog or digital test-benches and carry-out mixed analog and digital circuit simulations
  • Advanced digital verification techniques using System Verilog and UVM methodologies
  • Experience working with Scala, Chisel and FIRRTL methodology
  • Experience with CAD tool and Linux administration.
  • Skill in Python programming
  • Experience with FPGA designs
  • Experience with analog ASIC designs
  • Skill in written and oral communications
  • Experience interacting with scientific staff and research groups
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and skill sets
  • Knowledge of readout integrated circuits for radiation sensors, including signal processing, signal filtering, signal conversion, data transmission, high speed electronics are desirable

RD3 Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and 8+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 5+ years of experience, or Doctorate and 4+ years or equivalent

RD4 Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and 12+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 7+ years or experience, or Doctorate and 6+ years or equivalent

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Electrical/Electronics Engineering 3

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

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