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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) Engineering Division has immediate openings for a Control Systems Supervisor to lead the team at Advanced Light Source (ALS).

The ALS (https://www.als.lbl.gov) is a world-class accelerator based user facility that provides high intensity high energy photon beams for science.  A 200 meter circumference electron accelerator generates high quality photon packets that feed the more than 40 independent beamlines where more than 2000 scientists per year perform their experiments. 


The controls system lead is responsible for all aspects of the accelerator control system.  You will lead a team of highly skilled and motivated software and electronics engineers using a wide range of technologies.  You will supervise a team of approximately 6 engineers with various skills and expertise, including software, electronics, motion control, and equipment protection systems.  The position is responsible for development, maintenance, and assuring the 24/7 operation of an accelerator user facility.

The controls group supports everything from high data rate systems using FPGAs running at hundreds of megahertz to industrial style PLC controls all operating within the EPICS control system.  EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) is a distributed control system environment used at the ALS and at most accelerator complexes worldwide.  It is expected of the position to be or to become an EPICS expert.


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


Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development, installation, and maintenance of the ALS control system hardware and software.

    • Develop the control system architecture and upgrade path of the accelerator control system with emphasis on performance and reliability

    • Participate in cost, schedule, and priority planning

    • Participate in planning and design reviews

    • Code management

    • Database management

    • Professional documentation (software, system configuration, and troubleshooting)

    • Manage the network infrastructure and computer security

    • Manage Linux and Windows IT support

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

  • Participate in the global community of accelerator controls

    • Track the field of accelerator controls and related technologies

    • Introduce new technologies, methods, and tools to accelerator controls

    • Actively participate in conferences and collaboration meetings.

  • Provide occasional off-hours support when needed to install, troubleshoot, and repair.


Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physical Sciences plus a minimum of 8 years of directly related experience, or overall equivalent experience.

  • Software development experience in the Linux environment as well as some knowledge of Linux system administration.

  • Demonstrated experience in software development of controls and data acquisition systems.  Programming in C and other languages such as Python, Java, Matlab, bash, .Net, PHP, Perl, Makefiles, Ant, Maven, etc.

  • Demonstrated experience utilizing modern coding standards, including well-documented code, source code control, debugging and testing tools.

  • Demonstrated experience designing, writing, and maintaining software that interfaces with controls hardware.

  • Experience with a wide variety of control systems devices and concepts such as PLCs, microcontrollers, real-time operating systems, motion controllers, FPGAs, etc.

  • Knowledge of modern networking standards and equipment.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision on complex projects, willingness to actively seek support from appropriate experts, and ability to play a lead role on a team of engineers.

  • Effective organizational skills and a strong desire to manage people and their careers. 

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

Additional Desired Qualifications:

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

  • Experience with real-time programming using tools such as EPICS and RTOS’s such as VxWorks, RTEMS, or RTLinux.

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

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

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

  • Knowledge of Windows

  • Thorough knowledge of EPICS, including experience writing IOCs and support modules.

  • Ability to act as a leader on technical projects, including mentoring and instructing coworkers, creating cost estimates, schedules, and proposal presentations.

  • Support control systems development and software engineering support for projects at the laboratory but outside of ALS, including supervising additional engineers.

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


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a career appointment.

  • 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.

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.



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