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Electronics/Firmware/Software Engineer in Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Rice University
Houston, Texas
Posting live until
13 Apr 2024

The T.W. Bonner Laboratory invites applications for electronics engineers to join and lead our efforts in the area of experimental nuclear and particle physics. The Rice group (Acosta, Ecklund, Geurts, Li, Padley) is playing key roles in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in designing and constructing electronic systems of several upgrade projects of the CMS experiment for the high-luminosity LHC, including the forward pixel tracker, endcap timing layer (ETL), and muon trigger system. The group is also involved in the ePIC experiment at the electron-ion collider (EIC), leading the effort of developing front-end electronics for the time-of-flight system.

The candidate is expected to have excellent skills in one (or more) of the following areas: analog circuit design; schematic capture and PCB layout; FPGA logic design and programming, data acquisition, high-level programming (such as C++ and python), or other related areas. Experience in large nuclear and particle physics experiments is preferred. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with other physicists and engineers at Rice University and at other institutions and will participate and help represent Rice in all activities related to these projects including project reviews and system tests.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in physics, computer science, or electrical engineering at the time of appointment.

• Knowledgeable in analog circuit design, schematic capture and PCB layout (e.g., Altium PCB design tools).

• Knowledgeable in an electronics firmware language (preferably Verilog or VHDL).

• General software development experience (C++ and python).

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with high speed optical links.

• Experience with aspects of digital electronics hardware design, board production, and testing, as future experimental physics projects are expected to arise in these areas.

• Familiarity with trigger and data acquisition systems.

• Experience working in an institution of higher education.

Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and a resume, and contact information of at least two references to Prof. Darin Acosta ( and Prof. Wei Li ( The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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