Embedded Systems Electronics Engineer

NIST
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Alternative Computing Group in the Physical Measurement Laboratory at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland is currently seeking suitable candidates for a possible electronics engineer position with expertise in embedded systems. The Alternative Computing Group conducts ground-breaking experimental and theoretical research in developing measurements for new hardware paradigms in artificial intelligence, and interacts closely with groups researching cryogenic electronics and control of quantum systems. The Group’s work spans the stack from novel devices to new architectures and algorithms and is aimed at researching the way forward in beyond-von Neumann computing. A key component of this research is creating embedded systems that interact with and drive custom integrated circuit chips, which are integrated with novel devices such as memristors and magnetic tunnel junctions in NIST’s state-of-the-art CNST NanoFab.

The ideal candidate for the proposed position would have broad and deep knowledge of electrical engineering principles and practices. Skills in digital and analog circuit design, including SPICE simulation of circuits, as well as circuit board design, especially with off-the-shelf DACs and ADCs, and board layout and fabrication, are a must. Also necessary is experience with digital signal processing, especially FPGAs, and testing and debugging embedded systems using laboratory oscilloscopes, soldering tools, power supplies, etc. Proficiency in programming in Python, C, and Verilog as well as Bash scripting in Linux is also important. Experience in CMOS VLSI design and projects in the open-source hardware community is a plus. Also important are: a passion for work in a research environment where new and challenging engineering problems present themselves daily, a strong ability to interact and work closely with other researchers in related fields such as physics and materials science, and a high degree of skill in written and oral communication. While primary duties will involve developing embedded systems for artificial intelligence hardware research, other work will include interacting with other researchers in the Nanoscale Device Characterization Division to support projects such as control electronics for quantum computing and advanced measurement systems.

We will consider filling this position as an Electrical Engineer, ZP-0850 at either the level III (salary range between $74,590 - $116,788), IV (salary range between $106,823 - $164,102), or V (salary range between $148,484 - $176,300) depending on the candidate’s qualifications and level of experience. Candidate must have at a minimum: a degree in engineering that meets the requirements outlined in the OPM qualification standards OR a combination of education and experience outlined in the OPM qualification standards. It is preferred that candidates have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline and several years of practical experience in embedded system design.  CVs will be accepted on a continuing basis and should be sent by e-mail to AltComp@nist.gov. When a position is available, a vacancy announcement will be posted on WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.

The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

US citizenship is required.

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Requirements

Digital circuit design, analog circuit design, circuit board design, digital signal processing including FPGA implementation, Python, C and Verilog programming

US citizenship is required.

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Embedded Systems Electronics Engineer

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