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Job Classification Title: Science & Engineering Associate@ CERN, Switzerland
JCC: 4992
Grade: J
One year fixed term with the potential for a one year extension

Engineer at CERN

Fixed Term: One year with the potential for a one year extension

Please Apply Here: FPGA Engineer at CERN

We are looking for an experienced FPGA engineer to join our team based at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Stanford is a lead institution on a hardware-based pattern recognition system which processes particle collision data from the ATLAS detector in real-time at the Large Hadron Collider. Using custom integrated circuits and commercial FPGAs, our system reconstructs the trajectories of charged particles, allowing us to select data containing rare particles, such as the Higgs boson, or theorized new particles such as Dark Matter constituents.

Our hardware has been produced and our core firmware has been written. We are looking for an FGPA engineer with systems expertise to join our team and lead our firmware development to production usage. The position is based at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The successful candidate will work with physicists and engineers at the world’s premier international science laboratory. We are a young, energetic group, looking for someone who is excited to contribute to fundamental research and help scientists probe some of the most basic questions about the structure of matter and our universe.

We have a strong and ongoing commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion. In that spirit, we welcome and encourage applications from all people, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and persons with disabilities.

This role is for the lead FPGA engineer for the ATLAS Fast TracKer (FTK) system which encompasses 6 components and 9 different functionalities. This person will assess the robustness of the processing pipeline, lead the team in the development of common practices and bring industry standards to our development process.

Key responsibilities for this role consist of:
• Working with scientists from Stanford and other collaborating institutions to analyze the capacity of the firmware based data processing pipeline and recommending changes to meet the project needs.
• Assessing the FTK data processing pipeline for common firmware items and overseeing the implementation of identified common items.
• Developing new firmware and debugging existing firmware for the FTK Data Formatter, a custom ATCA network switch within the project. Experience with ATCA systems is desired but not required.
• Writing firmware in VHDL and advising team members using Xilinx devices and tools. The project also utilizes some Altera/Intel FPGAs so familiarity with those devices is beneficial but not necessary.
• Setting up a CI/CD framework appropriate for the project and guiding the team in the implementation of industry best practices for development.
• Providing technical guidance to graduate students working on firmware development for the project.

In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute positively to a culture of acceptance and learning and be respectful of all members of the team.

• Support complex scientific and research programs related to area of specialization; analyze data, monitor and oversee experimental process, and design and develop prototypes, specialized equipment, and/or systems.
• Collaborate with scientists, engineers, or senior administrative officers to oversee complex non-routine analyses, select optimum solutions, and perform corrective modifications to equipment and system designs.
• Carry out all activities, including troubleshooting and resolving routine problems for scientist or engineers, independently.
• Collaborate with senior engineers and scientists to design and develop special purpose equipment and/or systems.
• Participate in the planning, design, and implementation of scientific or engineering initiatives, and work toward project objective.
• Oversee a laboratory space or unit, and supervise the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group.
• Serve as a resource in review of research proposals and research capabilities, and make recommendations.
• Establish, communicate, and enforce compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
• Develop training manuals and safety guidelines, and train new instrumentation users, researchers, and/or technical staff.
• Perform supervisory duties, including overseeing the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group/project, supervising the regular installation, maintenance, and operation of complex scientific or engineering projects, and training technicians, operators, and others working in particular scientific or engineering function area.

Education and Experience
• Bachelors' degree in engineering, science, or related field, and five years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills of advanced scientific or engineering principles and practices.
• Extensive experience applying complex scientific and engineering principles nad performing special technical services involving both development and performance.
• In-depth experience with software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
• Ability to independently oversee and manage instrumentation or system installation.
• Ability to collaborate with senior engineering and scientific staff to design and develop special purpose equipment and/or systems.
• Experience overseeing the plan, design, and implementation of major scientific or engineering initiatives and ensuring project objective are met.
• Demonstrated ability to review research proposals, evaluate research capabilities, and make recommendations.
• Demonstrated ability to establish, communicate, and enforce compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
• Experience overseeing a laboratory space or unit and supervising the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and train a diverse work staff.

Certifications and Licenses:

• Frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
• Occasionally stand/walk, sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully.
• Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

• May be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, Allergens/Biohazards/Chemicals /Asbestos, confined spaces, working at heights <10 feet, temperature extremes, heavy metals, unusual work hours or routine overtime and/or inclement weather.
• May require travel.

• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
• Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
• Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

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