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Research Assistant/Associate/Engineer - Firmware Engineer

Apply now Job no: 525518
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Physics

Department: Physics
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
October 19, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include a copy of your CV and Cover Letter with the application.

Department Summary
The Institute for Fundamental Science (IFS) enhances the experimental, theoretical, and astronomy research activities at the University of Oregon. IFS is one of several centers and institutes supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and maintains a close relationship with the Department of Physics as well as the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Mathematics.

The IFS experimental high energy physics group consists of physics faculty members James Brau, Laura Jeanty, Stephanie Majewski, David Strom, and Eric Torrence.

The members of the IFS have a strong and ongoing commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion. In that spirit, welcomes and encourages participation 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.

Position Summary
The purpose of this Research Assistant/Associate is to provide key contributions to the firmware used in the hardware trigger of the ATLAS experiment.

We are seeking an experienced FPGA engineer to develop and implement firmware for the upgrades to the Trigger and Data Acquisition System on the ATLAS experiment (http://atlas.cern). The University of Oregon has key roles in aggregating and processing real-time data from the ATLAS detector for the Global Feature Extractor (gFEX) and Global Trigger systems.

The successful candidate will collaborate with physicists and engineers at the University of Oregon and other institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The position may be based at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, or at CERN, an international particle physics laboratory outside of Geneva, Switzerland.

This position is a 12-month renewable Career Non-Tenure-Track Faculty (CNTTF) position in the Research Assistant or Associate classification series. The position’s responsibilities are guided by the Physics Department's NTTF Professional Responsibilities Policy, United Academics Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the Physics Department's NTTF Policy for Promotion and Review. The position will be jointly supervised by David Strom and Stephanie Majewski.

Minimum Requirements
Research Assistant:
• Bachelors' degree in engineering, science, or related field
• Five years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
• Working or proficient knowledge in Verilog and VHDL and FPGA design principles
• Experience/Interest in the Xilinx Vivado toolset and UltraScale+ devices.
• Proficient knowledge of scripting languages (Python and/or TCL)

Research Associate:
• Terminal degree in engineering, science, or related field
• Five years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
• Working or proficient knowledge in Verilog and VHDL and FPGA design principles
• Experience/Interest in the Xilinx Vivado toolset and UltraScale+ devices.
• Proficient knowledge of scripting languages (Python and/or TCL)

Research Engineer:
• Master's degree in engineering
• Five years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
• Working or proficient knowledge in Verilog and VHDL and FPGA design principles
• Experience/Interest in the Xilinx Vivado toolset and UltraScale+ devices.
• Proficient knowledge of scripting languages (Python and/or TCL)

Professional Competencies
• Strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing to report on project progress
• Ability to collaborate with senior engineering and scientific staff to design and develop special-purpose equipment and/or systems.
• Demonstrated ability to comply with health and safety policies and procedures.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse work staff.

Preferred Qualifications
• An advanced degree in engineering, science, or related field.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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