Stanford University, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

765 16387
Position ID:Stanford-KIPAC-XOCE [#16387, XOC Engineer]
Position Title: Research Engineer in X-ray Detector Development
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Electrical Engineering
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2020/05/26)
Position Description:    

The X-ray Astronomy and Observational Cosmology (XOC) group at Stanford University has an opening for a Research Engineer to work on detector development for new X-ray satellite missions.

The XOC group hosts a dynamic team engaged across many fields of astrophysics, including studies of compact objects, galaxies and galaxy clusters, and cosmological measurements utilizing large, multi-wavelength surveys. Hardware efforts within the group are focused on the development of readout electronics for large area detectors to be deployed on future X-ray astronomy missions, including the Wide Field Imager for the Athena satellite ( and next-generation CCD detectors for NASA missions, such as the proposed Lynx X-ray Observatory ( These detectors will be required to provide unprecedented levels of performance.

The ideal candidate for this position will have significant expertise in microelectronics and, specifically, high-performance analog integrated circuits. Experience with sensor modeling, studies of signal and noise in circuits, equivalent noise charge, low-noise amplifiers, charge amplifier design, input transistor optimization, time-variant and time-invariant filters, and analog and digital signal processing would be an advantage. The position will entail schematic design and entry, circuit simulation, layout and verification processes, and test measurements of the manufactured microelectronics in both standalone configurations and integrated into full X-ray detector systems.

Applicants should have, or be in the process of completing, a Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering or a related discipline, or have an equivalent level of experience in electronics development. Applicants should provide a CV, a publication list, a 3-page statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the web interface at The appointment is expected to begin on or around January 1st 2021 and will be for two years in the first instance. Some flexibility in the start date, sooner or later, is possible. The position carries competitive salary and benefits.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research and teaching missions.

Further information about the XOC group may be found at Informal inquiries about this position may be addressed to Prof. Steven Allen ( and Sven Herrmann (

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Further Info:
P.O. Box 20450
MS 29
Stanford, CA 94309

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