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Controls Software Engineer

Job ID 2479 Date posted 01/21/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) has an opening for a Senior Applications (Software) Analyst to develop and maintain software for distributed data acquisition and accelerator equipment control. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for support of both new and existing systems, working closely with hardware and software staff and accelerator operation specialists. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with a team of  programmers, engineers, and physicists to develop software for accelerator equipment control and distributed data acquisition for the particle accelerator physics facilities at the BNL Collider-Accelerator Department
  • Design, development, testing, QA, and  documentation of software
  • Operational support of software for new and existing systems

Position Requirements

  • B.S. in Physics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field
  • 1+ years of full time relevant experience
  • Experience programming in C/C++ languages
  • Experience programming in python
  • Experience in hardware/software integration
  • Experience working in UNIX/Linux environments
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced degree in Physics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field
  • Experience working with embedded Linux
  • Experience in device driver programming
  • Experience developing and/or maintaining network communication software
  • Experience working in a physics/scientific/engineering research environment
  • Experience with LabView or Matlab
  • Experience with EPICS or other control system software
  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Most work will be performed at personal computer workstation, though there will be periods where meetings will be held in-person in various locations or virtually
  • Arm/hand dexterity, ability to maintain awkward postures for extended periods (working at a computer), mental sharpness, and good near vision

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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