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. 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.
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 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. At the conclusion of the ALS-U project, the team will transition to support of the new ALS, offering a continuing career profile.
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:
Participate in the design, prototyping, implementation and testing of the new control system hardware and software.
Help develop network bandwidth and port count requirements
Interface hardware components with EPICS by developing IOCs and user interfaces
Develop EPICS interfaces to various hardware such as PLCs and custom-built FPGAs
Develop high-level applications for commissioning and operations
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
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
Implement new technologies, methods, and tools to accelerator controls
Actively participate in conferences and collaboration meetings.
What is Required:
Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physical Sciences;; or 3 years and a Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 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/C++. Knowledge of at least one other language 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.
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.
Experience with hardware and protocols such as Modbus, GPIB, Serial, embedded microprocessors.
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
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 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.
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
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