Research Support Specialist III - Electrical Engineer
The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based ScienceS and Education (CLASSE) studies particle beams and accelerators, photon science, particle physics and the early universe, and serves students, the public and scientists from Cornell and around the world. The research missions of this laboratory are in many
respects unique in the world. The Research Support Specialist III reports to the Manager of Technical Services in the Electronics group. Primary responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
• Design complex specialized electronic equipment for the operation of a large-scale accelerator complex
comprised of: Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR), Synchrotron, Linac, and CBETA. Included in
new designs are analog and digital control circuits as well as sophisticated programmable logic devices
(FPGA’s) requiring specialized software tool experience.
• Design multilayer printed circuit boards for control system applications paying attention to high speed
effects, signal flow, and proper design rule adherence.
• Perform research and analysis on the best design techniques for specific projects.
• Generate specifications for large equipment development projects and acquisitions.
• Plan and conduct experiments for new equipment design.
• Troubleshoot complex electronic system failures.
• Plan and implement preventative maintenance programs for accelerator electronic systems.
• Develop recommendations for system improvements, modifications, and upgrades.
• Provide guidance and training to new employees in all of our system topologies, proper test procedures
and design techniques.
What we need: Master’s degree in electrical engineering with 3 to 5 years of relevant experience or
equivalent combination. Experience with power electronics, low-level programming of FPGA devices,
digital logic, analog circuitry, printed circuit board design, and troubleshooting complex electronic control
systems. Mechanical design for electronics enclosures, heat sinking and proper cooling. Good visual
acuity and small-motor skills are needed for the testing and assembly of high-density electronic circuits
and surface mount components. Effective communication, judgement, and teamwork skills are essential.
Capable of adapting to the changing needs of a research environment. Able to receive directions and to
communicate effectively across all research groups in the laboratory. Work effectively and cooperatively
within a team environment.What we would like: Extensive experience designing electronics based on programmable-logic devices,
analog circuitry, power switching circuits, including mastery of: programmable logic software, printed
circuit layout software, and electronic simulation software. Skilled in the use of surface mount technology
and the tools of the trade are desirable. Large project management experience. Familiarity with OpenVMS,
Unix, and Windows operating systems, and EPICS control systems is a plus.
Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position. Please apply online at:
https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage (posting #WDR-00029464)
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be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to have obtained a university-approved medical or religious
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Cornell provides great benefits that include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions,
educational benefits (Employee Degree, Tuition Aid, Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance Programs), access to
wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. Our leave provisions include
three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays, including winter break from December 25th through January 1st.
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