Electrical Engineering - Instrumentation Development

Job Summary

Science Engineering
SkuTek Instrumentation
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Rochester, NY
United States

Job Description

About the company:

SkuTek is a small company dedicated to serving physics researchers worldwide. Most of our team are scientists with engineering interests. We specialize in high-speed Digital Pulse Processing electronics, Data Acquisition systems, and large volume scientific data management software and hardware. Daily work involves a mix of scientific and engineering tasks. Our workplace culture is friendly and accommodating of employee’s personal life and responsibilities. We work in close partnership with research communities at National Labs and universities.

SkuTek Instrumentation is located in West Henrietta near Rochester, NY. Please visit http://www.skutek.com for more details.

The Job

SkuTek Instrumentation has an opening for an Electrical Engineer to work on development of scientific data acquisition instruments for experimental nuclear physics, high energy physics, particle astrophysics, and related fields. The focus will include firmware for field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), embedded real time software, testing the instruments with actual detectors, user interfaces, and software for efficient data storage, management, and transmission. The position is appropriate for a computer-savvy and instrument-savvy electrical engineer, computer scientist, physicist, or astronomer. We expect fast on-job learning of essential techniques (e.g., FPGA firmware and embedded software development, testing and debugging electronic boards, advanced programming, setting up particle detectors, etc.). The mid-career and late-career persons are also encouraged to apply.

Please apply to this position even if you do not have some of the listed skills. We will encourage on the job learning. Our workplace is very collaborative.

Skills And Qualifications:

  • Firmware programming with VHDL / Verilog;
  • Knowledge of electrical circuits;
  • Familiarity with detectors of particles, gamma rays, X-rays, or visual photons (phototubes, scintillators, semiconductor detectors, photodiodes, etc.);
  • Hands-on experience with scientific instrumentation;
  • Familiarity with data acquisition and signal processing electronics;
  • Familiarity with data analysis in the fields mentioned above;
  • Programming embedded processors (device drivers, interrupt handlers, etc.);
  • Experience with programming under Windows and Linux;
  • A degree in Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, or equivalent work experience.

Technical R&D Development Areas:

  • Development and troubleshooting FPGA firmware using VHDL and/or Verilog;
  • Interfacing embedded processors with firmware and hardware;
  • Troubleshooting the instruments, making use of schematics and PCB layout;
  • Assembling and working with particle and gamma-ray detectors;
  • Developing user interface software and user manuals under Linux and Windows.

Other Duties:

  • Perform basic IT services (help with maintaining company website and systems);
  • Maintain and organize software in GitLab;
  • Contribute to writing documentation and technical notes for our products.
  • Contribute to finding new application areas for our products.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$70,000USD to $110,000USD
Included Benefits
  • Generous retirement package for permanent staff
  • Flexible Hours
  • Healthcare for full-time employees
Compensation Notes

The exact range will depend on experience and qualifications. We use wage estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the basis for our salary range.

Application Details

Application Instructions
How you can prepare for the interview:
Please visit our website before talking to us. Do not hesitate to ask questions by sending an e-mail to the address below.

Legal status:
USA citizens and permanent residents. We cannot sponsor permanent residency for temporary visa holders.

How to apply:
Please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please include the following:
1. Your CV or resume.
2. Cover Letter describing who you are, what are your goals, and how you’d contribute to the company. Please describe how your education, skills, interests, and experience will help you advance company’s products and activities. Describe your professional and personal goals in the described areas. Please be specific. Generic promises are of little interest to us. Please provide descriptions of extra-curriculars demonstrating your qualifications and problem-solving ability. Applications lacking the cover letter will be rejected. Please do not send us a boilerplate letter.
3. A statement regarding your ability to legally work in the United States.
4. Be prepared to provide three professional references upon request. Please include them with the application if you wish to expedite the review process.
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 17
Application Deadline
2024 Jun 12