Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)Engineering Division has an immediate opening for a Motion Controls Engineer to join the team.
This career opening supports The Accelerator Control Systems Group which provides all aspects of controls software for theAdvanced Light Source(ALS), the leading soft x-ray synchrotron in the world. The matrix structure of the Engineering Department provides the opportunity to work independently, in teams, and to experience a wide range of technical challenges in many scientific disciplines.
As a member of this specialty group you will perform a variety of challenging engineering tasks such as the conceptualization, design, planning, implementation, and commissioning of state-of-the-art motion controls and software systems for undulators and other devices. You will be working with state-of-the-art systems and collaborate with world-class scientists and engineers. You will help achieve these results by applying the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematics.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
Design, develop, maintain and upgrade motion control systems including software and hardware.
Provide input and direction to project-related decisions – including cost and schedule.
Determine methods and procedures on projects and provide guidance to personnel.
Regularly interface with lab personnel to determine needs and performance of the system, including accelerator physicists, beam line scientists, mechanical engineers, and software engineers.
Conduct occasional training sessions on the operation of the control systems software and associated equipment.
Document all aspects of the system including software, system configuration, wiring, and troubleshooting.
Support the activities of the controls group in ensuring the reliable operation of and improvements to the entire accelerator control system.
Provide occasional off-hours support when needed.
Assist with improvements to team process including: source control, issue management, code review, documentation, and testing.
Take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with leading scientists, writing papers, and making new discoveries.
Communicate software capabilities and device integration requirements to the larger user community.
B.S. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physical Sciences plus a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience, or overall equivalent experience.
Motion controls experience including PID tuning and encoder feedback.
Experience with motion controllers such as Delta Tau, Galil, etc.
Software development experience in both Linux and Windows environments.
Demonstrated experience in software and hardware development of controls and data acquisition systems; programming in C; designing, writing and maintaining software that interfaces with controls hardware.
Demonstrated experience utilizing modern coding standards, including well-documented code, source code control, debugging and testing tools.
Ability to work with minimal supervision on complex projects, and willingness to actively seek support from appropriate experts.
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.
Demonstrated experience with sophisticated motion control algorithms
Ability to act as a leader on technical projects, including mentoring and instructing coworkers, creating cost estimates, schedules and proposal presentations
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
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Minimum of 8 years directly related experience or 6 plus a Master's Degree.
Knowledge of Python and/or shell scripting, SQL database design and programming, Matlab, QT user interfaces, PHP.
Knowledge of EPICS, the Experimental Physics and Industrial System
Knowledge of control systems theory
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.
PLC programming using ladder logic and/or structured text.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a 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
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
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.
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