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Electronics Engineer (Firmware Specialism)

University of Birmingham - Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £54,765
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th September 2019
Closes: 4th October 2019
Job Ref: 81957

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677, with potential progression once in post to £54,765
Duration: Fixed-term until 30 September 2022
Location: Primarily based at the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK, with frequent trips to CERN, Switzerland

Closing Date: 4 October 2019

The Birmingham Experimental Particle Physics group is looking for an electronics engineer to be our technical lead in developing trigger and data acquisition solutions for the fast processing of data from large-scale international experiments including the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and the DUNE future long-baseline neutrino experiment. The principal responsibilities will be the design, simulation and implementation of firmware implementing trigger and data acquisition algorithms and control in FPGAs.

Main Duties will include:

  • The design, simulation and implementation of firmware which contains algorithms for the phase-2 upgrade of the first level calorimeter trigger processor of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The design, simulation and implementation of firmware for the Data Acquisition system of the DUNE liquid argon time projection chamber readout.
  • Involvement in strategic planning of the group’s involvement in future electronics projects as opportunities emerge, and in development of corresponding grant proposals.
  • Development of the specification of the associated algorithms and/or electronics, in collaboration with external partners.

Person Specification

The successful applicant will hold a first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. physics, electronics or software engineering), as well as experience in the development of FPGA firmware. Previous experience with high-speed electronics in a particle physics context and of hardware aspects of electronics design and layout will be a strong advantage.  The post holder will contribute to strategic planning for future projects and to the technical management and administration of a small team of engineers and technicians. They will also disseminate results and report progress through regular presentations in Birmingham and externally to international colleagues. Ability to work to deadlines and willingness to travel for short periods within the UK and abroad are also essential criteria.

The Birmingham Particle Physics group currently has 33 academic, post-doctoral research and engineering staff, 3 technicians and around 30 research students.  Our present activities include ATLAS and LHCb at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, NA62 on the CERN SPS and DUNE at Fermilab.  The group is very well equipped with computing facilities and has access to sizeable clean room and other facilities, used for the development of particle detectors and associated electronics. The School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK.  It takes around 180 undergraduates a year and has over 100 academic and research staff, 120 graduate students and 35 technical support staff.

Potential applicants are encouraged to obtain further information about the post from:

Dr Alan Watson 

Prof Paul Newman       

Prof Dave Charlton 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit our careers website;, please quote Job Ref 81957 in all enquiries.

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