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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks a Control System Engineer in the Engineering Division to be matrixed to the Advanced Light Source (ALS) Synchrotron accelerator complex.


Engineering Department supports programs and projects throughout the prestigious LBNL laboratory and scientific experimental community. Created in 1931,  LBNL is the first National Laboratory and has had 13 Nobel prize winners on its staff. It now employees 4400 scientists, engineers and administrators on a beautiful campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay.


This is a position within LBNL’s Engineering Division that plays a key role in the ALS-U project (the Advanced Light Source Upgrade). The Advanced Light Source (ALS) has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new upgrade project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities.


Under general instructions, you will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the controls and instrumentation for the Advanced Light Source Upgrade project (ALS-U). The existing ALS is a world-class national user facility, which uses an electron accelerator to produce high-intensity photon beams for science.  Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. You will apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematics to optimize the performance of this complex and expensive machine.


This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

What You Will Do:

  • Supports with designing, implementing and/or administering the control for one or more of the major accelerator subsystems: Beam Instrumentation, RF Power, Vacuum, and Magnet Power Supplies.

  • Provides solutions for project-related decisions – including design, cost and schedule.

  • Design, develop, install, integrate, test and commission subsystem control that include supervisory control, data acquisition, state control, and continuous control.

  • Supports for high performance and industrial instrumentation.

  • Characterize, prototype, and verify specifications from vendors for proposed instrumentation.

  • Regularly interface with a variety of personnel to determine needs and performance of the system, including accelerator physicists, beamline scientists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and software engineers.

  • Document control subsystems specifications, design, prototype results, interfaces and automation code.

  • Provides complete and professional documentation of all aspects of the system including software, system configuration, and troubleshooting.

  • Participates in the specification and design of new devices in close cooperation with mechanical engineers and scientists to ensure the proper system implementation.

  • Supports the activities of the controls group in ensuring the successful design, implementation and commissioning of the entire accelerator control system.


What is Required:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent work experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with instrumentation and control systems.

  • Instrumentation Hardware, PLC, or Software development experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in software and hardware development of controls and data acquisition systems.

  • Programming experience in Structured Text or Ladder Logic.

  • Experience with real-time programming.

  • Experience designing and implementing systems and software in a scientific or technical environment.

  • Experience with hardware and protocols such as VME, Compact PCI, Modbus, GPIB, Serial, embedded microprocessors, electronics hardware design.

  • Experience with PLC programming using ladder logic and/or structured text.

  • Accelerator Controls experience.

  • Device driver writing to integrate instrumentation experience.

  • Ability to represent the Lab to the community by giving presentations at conferences, collaborating remotely with colleagues at other institutions, and contributing to open-source software projects.

  • Effective interpersonal skills; clear, proactive communication. Ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues with varying skills and backgrounds including accelerator operators, physicists, and mechanical, electronic and software engineers.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Equivalent experience in electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, or computer science.

  • Knowledge of C or C++.

  • Knowledge of Python and/or shell scripting, SQL database design and programming, Matlab, LabVIEW, QT. user interfaces, PHP.

  • Knowledge of EPICS, the Experimental Physics and Industrial System or other SCADA / DCS systems (see http://www.aps.anl.gov/epics/index.php).

  • Accelerator Controls experience.

  • Experience in building large facilities (100,000’s of signals).


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.


Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/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, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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