Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 4
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has two immediate openings for experienced Low Level RF (LLRF) system architect/lead engineers with extensive background in the following areas: frequency synthesis, waveform generation, frequency translation, signal processing, digital signal processing, and system level processing chain simulation. The LLRF Electronic Engineer will be responsible for overseeing a very large and complex LLRF infrastructure, develop system requirements, specifications, and design simulations and prototypes. The LLRF Electronic Engineer will also oversee the fabrication, commissioning and documentation of these systems. More generally, the LLRF Electronic Engineer will perform engineering work of considerable scope and complexity, often challenging and difficult under minimal supervision and in collaboration with higher level staff to find solutions to the more challenging engineering problems.
The ICD Electrical Engineering department consists of nine design engineers supported by engineering associates and technicians charged with developing a wide range of new and re-engineered controls and instrumentation components and systems for new research facilities and accelerator instrumentation improvement projects. The Section offers services from design to production, installation, commissioning and field support in these areas.
Specific Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to):
- Develop new architectures for ongoing upgrades of the legacy LLRF systems used throughout SLAC.
- Serve as systems subject matter expert to LLRF maintenance and support groups.
- Work in conjunction with physicists and other LLRF system experts to continually improve performance of the SLAC LINAC and other accelerator facilities throughout the SLAC site.
- Serve as the lead engineer on the SLAC LINAC LLRF system.
- Interface with and direct the work of coordinators, designers, technicians, and maintenance personnel.
- Responsible for engineering design, installation and fabrication of subsystems and/or large complex systems.
- Contribute to the definition of complex engineering solutions in response to general parameters given by scientist/ principal investigator.
- Develop test procedures for the safe operation of new and existing systems and equipment.
- Responsible for major design reviews.
- Participate in the technical training of personnel.
- Responsible for significant scheduling and budgeting duties
- May provide technical direction to other engineers, associates, technicians and students.
- Serve on safety committees and teams as requested.
- May oversee and manage subcontracts.
- BS in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with an emphasis on RF and microwave design or substantial experience in related field.
- Must possess a thorough understanding of frequency synthesis, waveform generation, frequency translation, signal processing, digital signal processing, and system level processing chain simulation.
- Maintain good standing in all personal training and qualification requirements.
- Demonstrated hands-on laboratory experience especially with RF and microwave test equipment such as Spectrum Analyzers, Network Analyzer and Phase Noise Test sets
- Demonstrated design/development experience with RF circuitry and/or systems in the 1 to 11 GHz range
- Design and experience with high speed Analog, RF and microwave circuitry using planar, coaxial and waveguide techniques
- Familiarity with digital signal processing theory and techniques
- Experience with analog/RF simulation and modeling tools such as MATLAB, SPICE, ADS, HFSS and/or Microwave Office
- Knowledge of techniques used for numeric analysis of electromagnetic fields and in cavities and structures
- Demonstrated capability for innovation.
- Proven project management and team leadership skills.
- Ability to quickly learn new concepts.
- Must be highly motivated, self-directed and able to work well in a team.
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Advanced degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or related field.
- Knowledge of high-power accelerator systems, especially with superconducting RF experience is highly desirable.
- X-band RF development experience
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.
Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.
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