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Controls Engineer

Job ID 1764 Date posted 05/29/2019


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



The National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) seeks an engineer to join the Core Controls Group that develops software and hardware engineering expertise for 30 state-of-the-art synchrotron beamlines, as well as for a cryo-electron microscopy facility. The working environment in this large-scale research facility combines the scope of a large industrial facility with the excitement and challenges of world-class research experiments. As a National Laboratory, BNL collaborates closely with other national and international research institutions.

This position is focused on the implementation, deployment, and maintenance of NSLS-II beamline systems that control and synchronize high-precision motor-driven positioners, X-Ray detectors, and robotic sample mounters in a Linux-based Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) environment. It will also contribute to ongoing development and support for various database technologies for experiment control and for experimental data handling and processing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this position is a middle or advanced level technology development professional who possesses demonstrated expertise in their engineering area and applies working knowledge of multiple related technologies. Duties and responsibilities for this role are:

  • Independently design non-trivial engineering solutions which require in-depth analysis and decision making.
  • Identify and address implementation obstacles when developing systems and approaches.
  • Create complete project plans and other documentation.
  • Effectively communicate with customers and management on project status.
  • Maintain engineering expertise and develop knowledge of emerging technologies.





Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field of study
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated programming experience in multiple languages including at least two of: C, C++, Python, or Java
  • Experience with developing in a Linux operating system environment
  • A practical knowledge of software and hardware engineering practices that include requirements gathering, design, testing, documentation, source code management and release procedures
  • A demonstrated initiative and ability to take ownership of projects and tasks
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with professionals from diverse backgrounds

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (One or more of the following):

  • An advanced degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or closely related field of study
  • Experience with development for Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS)
  • Experience with software support for scientific equipment, especially synchrotron beamlines
  • Experience with motion control technologies, in particular with timing-critical high-precision positioner control
  • Python programming experience in a scientific computing environment
  • Familiarity with data acquisition technologies, hardware and software, A preference for science-based experience
  • Graphical User Interface design and development experience, especially EPICS related
  • Experience with both SQL (relational) and NoSQL databases, e.g. MySQL and MongoDB
  • Experience with one or more laboratory information management systems
  • A knowledge of PLC programming and interfaces

Other Information: The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills, as well as the amount of relevant experience.

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 Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Swimming Pool, Weight room Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.


We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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