Software Developer, EIC (Electron Ion Collider)

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • May 06, 2021
Full time Information Technology Science

Job Description

Job ID 2602Date posted 04/13/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The Nuclear and Particle Physics Software (NPPS) Group in the BNL Physics Department is an international leader in scientific software development at the most challenging scales. The group collaborates on a growing number of experiments including the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe; the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB accelerator in Japan; the DUNE experiment in the US, including the ProtoDUNE experiment at CERN in Europe; the STAR, PHENIX and sPHENIX experiments at BNL's RHIC heavy ion collider; and the future electron-ion collider (EIC).

Position Description

The EIC Software Developer will lead the software development effort in the Nuclear and Particle Physics Software group (NPPS) and represent the EIC on the NPPS Leadership Team. The incumbent will play a central role in EIC software development, with expert knowledge of Nuclear Physics (NP)/High Energy Physics (HEP) simulation and/or reconstruction software. The successful candidate will be capable of designing complex technical solutions independently, working autonomously and collaboratively within large teams, and leading and mentoring others. As a member of the NPPS Leadership Team the incumbent will be a liaison and consultant on EIC matters and will participate in leadership decision making.This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and maintain simulation and reconstruction software for the EIC
  • Collaborate with the international EIC software development community representing BNL as an expert and leader in EIC software
  • Serve as an expert resource and mentor on software to scientist and software developer colleagues
  • Execute Creative innovation in evolving and (re)engineering software systems for new and emerging computing architectures and technologies

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physics or related field or equivalent directly related experience
  • A minimum of eight (8) years full time relevant experience, inclusive of three years’ experience in NP/HEP software development
  • Demonstrated excellent programming skills in C++
  • Knowledge of major HEP software packages including Geant4 and ROOT
  • Familiarity with software engineering practices that include testing, documentation, source code management and release procedures
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills as well as analytical skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Graduate/Advanced degree in Nuclear Physics
  • An interest in participating in the EIC and other NP/HEP scientific programs
  • Experienced python developer familiar with its scientific software stack
  • Experience with machine learning and data analytics
  • Experience with parallel processing and/or real time programming
  • Experience with Graphical Processing Units (GPU) programming and languages such as CUDA
  • Several years’ experience in working on collaborative software projects
  • Several years’ experience in NP/HEP physics analysis

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements

  • Heavy computer/keyboard usage

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes,Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)


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