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Electrical Engineer - Detector R&D

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, Illinois 60439
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The X-ray Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source invites applications for an engineer staff position to join the Detectors Group ( We are developing transition edge sensor microcalorimeters and data acquisition systems for pixel array detectors for X-ray science. The successful candidate will play a key role in the superconducting and semiconducting detector effort at the Advanced Photon Source. In particular, we are looking for a candidate who has a passion for electronics in particular microwave/RF, signal processing and high-speed digital communication.



  • Extensive experience in FPGA programming, including DSP algorithms and software-defined radio.
  • Strong knowledge ofmicrowave engineering andlow noise electronics, including abroad knowledge base including filters, amplifiers, mixers, RF cabling, A/D and amp; D/A converters, and control hardware and software.
  • Excellent software engineering skills (Python, Qt, C, etc).
  • Exceptional communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators and ability to work in team environment.


  • Experience with high-speed data acquisition systems, especially for detectors.
  • Experience interfacing high speed A/D, D/A and communication interfaces (Ethernet, I2C, SPI, zeroMQ).
  • Familiarity with current advanced FPGA development tools (e.g. Xilinx Vivado, Verilog, VHDL, Simulink).
  • Experience with schematic capture tools such as OrCAD and PCB layout or PCB viewer tools from Cadence Allegro or equivalent.
  • Experience with Spice or other analog circuit simulation software.
  • Experience with superconducting and semiconducting physics detectors/sensor measurements.
  • Good understand of detector physics to better understand the interactions between the electronics and physical instruments.
  • Experience with control system software development (EPICSand/or LabView).
  • Experience testing low-temperature devices and operation of cryogenic refrigerators.

Though not required, the level of scientific knowledge and sophistication normally associated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Applied Physics would be relevant.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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