Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Engineering Division has an opening for a Controls Software Engineer to join the team.
The Advanced Light Source (ALS) 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 photon packets that feed the more than 40 independent beamlines where more than 2,000 scientists per year perform their experiments. The ALS has recently started a major accelerator upgrade project to rejuvenate the facility for many years to come.
As a member of the ALS Control Group, you will perform a variety of interesting and challenging engineering tasks related to the design and development of new control's subsystems and applications within the EPICS infrastructure. You will be also involved in the maintenance and upgrades of the existing subsystems. The primary responsibility will be to support the Advanced Light Source operation.
What You Will Do:
Develop and deploy control system software and services using EPICS and associated tools for the ALS.
Develop graphical user interfaces and loggers with standard EPICS tools.
Develop EPICS drivers for device-specific digital electronics boards which employ simple network interfaces.
Interface various types of hardware including PLCs to EPICS based control systems.
Assist with commissioning of controls and associated software tools with support from domain scientists.
Maintain and generate documentation describing work done and systems built. Follow standard methodologies for software development in a collaborative environment.
Successfully finish the safety training required by the Laboratory and employ those skills in daily practice.
Assist with improvements to team processes including: source control, issue management, code review, documentation, and testing.
Normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work, general instructions on new assignments.
Since the ALS is a 24/7 operational user facility, provide occasional off-hours support when needed to install, troubleshoot, repair, and commission systems.
Additional Responsibilities at the .3 level:
Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel (Team Lead).
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physical Sciences.
5+ years of relevant experience.
3+ years work with the EPICS software environment.
Demonstrated ability to create an EPICS project, possibly with guidance from a senior colleague.
Experience carrying out system integrations with instruments and sensors.
Effective communication skills.
Track record of being an effective troubleshooter in a software environment.
Development experience with C/C++ and Python programming languages.
Additional Requirements at the .3 level:
8+ years of relevant experience.
Experience working on scientific experiments.
Past membership in multi-developer software projects.
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.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
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.
This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule - a combination of teleworking and performing work on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.
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