30. April 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Accelerator Physics Application Programmer / NB50562862
ORNL: Accelerator Physics Application Programmer / NB50562862
30. April 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Accelerator Physics Application Programmer / NB50562862
ORNL: Accelerator Physics Application Programmer / NB50562862
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Oak Ridge, USA

Description of Institution

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.
To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Develops, tests, and maintains the physics software applications needed to efficiently operate the accelerator. Leads the Accelerator Physics Applications Team. Assists in upgrade activities. Develops and maintains the environment and tools needed for the physics application software. Documents the software applications and the software application working environment. Participates in physics development beam shifts to test software and perform beam physics studies. Interfaces with the linac, ring, and diagnostic physics teams, as well as the Controls and Operations Groups.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains physics application algorithms needed for operating the accelerator and increasing the power levels consistent with the directorate plans.
  • Leads the Accelerator Physics Applications Team.
  • Develops and maintains the XAL software environment, including the physics models needed for application programs.
  • Writes and maintains documentation on the physics application software.
  • Participates in beam studies to help understand high intensity effects.
  • Participates in scientific conferences, workshops, meetings and publishes results in the form of technical notes and memos, workshop and conference proceedings, and scientific journals.
  • Participates with other team members in developing goals, resource plans, and policies for the Team and the Group.
  • Assists team leader in coordinating the work of students in the team.
  • Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements including ISMS.
  • Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

Work Directions and Interfaces:
Provides work direction to engineers, postdocs, and students within guidelines established by the Accelerator Physics, Beam Instrumentation and Ion Source Group Leader.

Authority/Approval Levels:
May provide work direction/guidance to technicians and craft personnel.

Measures of Effectiveness:

  • Successfully performs assigned work towards success in achieving SNS accelerator systems operational support at the required power levels.
  • Successfully helps to create an environment in which individuals within the team can meet SNS/ORNL environmental, safety, health and quality requirements; and successfully enforces of these requirements.
  • Successfully reports and represents responsible activities to SNS management, review committees and professional organizations.
  • Successfully provides the Accelerator Physics Team Leader of the APBIIS Group with help, guidance and information towards establishing team policy and allocation of team resources.
  • Successfully publishes research results of the team in journal publications, conference publications, laboratory reports, and project technical notes and memos.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required:
An MS degree or higher in science with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience is required to be considered. Extensive experience with object-oriented programming and Java is required. Experience with distributed client-server programming and a familiarity with databases are required. Experience with source code control is required (Git is preferred). A strong background in linux/unix command line tools and shell scripting is required.

Qualifications Desired:
A PhD degree is preferred. A background in experimental physics and experience with control systems is desired.
Experience with the EPICS control system and OpenXAL is desired.

Other Job Requirements:
This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing and undergoing testing without advance notification. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report any drug related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result to the Company.

This position requires some physical activity, such as carrying lightweight items, climbing ladders, etc. This position also requires Rad Worker II training.

How to Apply

Go to https://www.ornl.gov/careers .

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx), Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML and text files(.txt) up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLR@ornl.gov.

30. May 2016
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