The SNOLAB group at Queen’s University is one of the largest experimental particle astrophysics groups in the world. Along with several other universities in Canada, it is a member of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Center (CPARC).
Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator (PI) the Electronics Engineer will provide support for the various experiments linked to CPARC. The Electronics Engineer will design key digital and analogue components for signal-processing and control for the experiments, take responsibility for the fabrication of these components (either-in-house or externally) and for their testing, while documenting the work. The Electronics Engineer will also help debug existing electronic devices in the current experiments related to CPARC.
The Electronics Engineer will be crucial to the timely development of experimental components for the CPARC Research Group. As a professional Engineer, the Electronics Engineer will apply their knowledge to the design, development, testing, and implementation of electronics technologies in leading edge physics experiments. The Electronics Engineer will oversee the relevant activities of research personnel and students to provide insight and technical direction for the development of components, and will prepare and review detailed designs to enable fabrication.
- Liaising with physicists to understand their experimental needs
- Scheduling project activities and initiating required action to expedite the successful accomplishment of project objectives.
- Identifying, tracking, managing, and resolving, project issues, independently making responsible decisions not usually subject to technical review by the PI except in those instances involving large sums of money or impacting diverse long-range objectives.
- Conducting preliminary and critical design reviews.
- Designing electronic components, and their mechanical interfaces
- Ensuring designs comply with constraints that may include low radioactivity and compatibility with extremely low temperatures down to 10 mK
- Liaising with collaborating industry partners and acting as a technical consultant to ensure appropriate alignment with partner resources and objectives.
- Fabricating components in-house or externally
- Testing, diagnosing and repairing electronic systems
- Maintaining a database of drawings
- Reviewing and editing manuscripts for academic publication, ensuring scientific and technical accuracy.
- Fostering an environment of inclusion, provides advice and feedback to project investigators and technical direction to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other research personnel.
- Reviewing and elaborating work of collaborators from other institutions
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, or equivalent
- Broad engineering experience, including demonstrated experience leading and managing design projects.
- Minimum 5 years relevant experience in electronics
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
- Registration as a Professional Engineer
- Well-organized, with ability to manage multiple demands, meet deadlines, and think and act strategically, creatively and dynamically
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in working with junior and senior team members from various universities, research institutes and companies, from diverse backgrounds in national and international environments
- Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in both academic and industry environments
- Project management skills with demonstrated leadership ability.
- Experience with low-noise analogue amplifiers, high-speed electronics, and instrumentation for particle physics is strongly desired.
- Experience with circuit design and analysis using software
- Experience with low-noise analogue amplifiers, and high-speed electronics for particle physics
- Understanding of constraints imposed by low temperatures, low radioactivity, and high data rates on electronics
- Experience with particle detectors
- Ability to prototype circuits
- Interfacing instrumentation with various computer systems using software such as LabView
- Experience working with vendors to produce electronic components
- Strong problems solving skills with an ability to foresee potential issues and prevent where possible
- Promotion of a climate of inclusion and being a team player
- Ability to self-motivate and work independently
- Determine work methods and procedures independently, with work assigned only in terms of broad objectives to be accomplished.
- Use originality and ingenuity to devise practical and economical solutions to problems.
- Assume responsibility for execution of project plan, and ensure that milestones are achieved in a timely fashion.
- Identify, recommend and implement concrete changes/additions/deletions that are required to conduct effective Research and Development.
- Make budgetary recommendations to Principal Investigator and assist in allocation of resources.
- Determine appropriate design taking various constraints into consideration
- Make recommendations regarding the manufacturing, testing and implementation of components
- Make suggestions regarding procedures and protocols, and adapt them as required to allow progress and efficiency
- Make decisions regarding appropriate fabrication techniques, and appropriate shops for component fabrication
- Test assembled components and determine if they meet specifications