Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Engineering Division has an opening for a Control Systems 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 two hundred 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. A multi-year upgrade project for the ALS, referred to as ALS-U, is underway to increase the brightness by approximately two orders of magnitude.
In this exciting role, you will join a team of approximately 6 engineers using a wide range of technologies. 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 various software frameworks. The key software framework is the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS), which is a distributed control system environment used at the ALS and most big science facilities worldwide.
It is expected of the position to be or to become an EPICS expert. After the ALS-U project, the team will transition to support the new ALS, offering a continuing career profile.
What You Will Do:
Collaboration in the design, prototyping, implementation, testing, and deployment of the new control system hardware and software in the integration of the existing ALS control system hardware and software which includes the following:
Develop/Deploy high-level applications (middleware services) for prototyping, commissioning, and final operations.
Interface hardware components with EPICS by developing IOCs and user interfaces.
Develop EPICS interfaces to various hardware such as PLCs and custom-built FPGAs.
Participate in internal and external reviews of the control system design and technology choices.
Configure prototype labs and IOC servers for testing and benchmarking of device performance.
Develop acceptance criteria and work instructions for purchased and custom-built components.
Review and contribute to the documentation related to the design, prototyping, implementation, testing, and deployment of the control system.
Regularly interface with a variety of key team members to determine the needs and performance of the system, including accelerator physicists, beamline scientists, mechanical engineers, instrumentation engineers, and software engineers.
Participate and contribute to the global community of accelerator controls systems.
Track the field of accelerator controls and related technologies.
Implement new technologies, methods, and tools to accelerator controls.
Participate in conferences and collaboration meetings.
What is Required:
B.S. or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Physical Sciences or equivalent experience. An advanced degree is preferred.
8 years of relevant experience in the design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of control systems involving instrumentation and control system toolkits.
8 years of relevant experience with the EPICS, including developing various EPICS drivers and interface libraries, its support modules and debugging Base, and community modules.
8 years of relevant experience with the EPICS community middleware services, such as CS Studio, Archiver Appliance, Channel Finder, Alarm services.
Software development experience in the Linux environment as well as knowledge of Linux system administration.
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 microcontrollers, real-time operating systems, motion controllers, FPGAs, etc.
Ability to work with minimal supervision, willingness to actively seek support from appropriate experts, and ability to work well as part of a team of engineers.
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.
Knowledge of programming in one of the computer languages: C/C++, Python, Java.
Knowledge of industrial standard protocols: Modbus, Ethernet/IP, SNMP, OPCUA.
Experience designing and implementing systems and software in a scientific or technical environment.
Experience designing and implementing EPICS gateway within the control system network.
Experience designing and implementing signal storage system, i.e., EPICS Archiver Appliance.
Knowledge of Windows or macOS.
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.
This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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.
Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives who share these same values and commitments.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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