18. October 2017 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Control System Software Engineer
Control System Software Engineer
18. October 2017 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Control System Software Engineer
Control System Software Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The SNS Controls Group supports the successful operation of the SNS. We develop, install, maintain and extend software for
the SNS accelerator and beam lines to increase availability, improve experiment automation, and to allow efficient scientific
data acquisition. We aim to provide control room operators, beam line scientists, and visiting beam line users with superior
software for graphical operator interfaces, alarm handling, and experiment automation within a large-scale distributed control
system infrastructure. Our software tools are often used beyond ORNL, resulting in a world-wide collaboration.

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 instruments for neutron scattering
research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical
sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to http://neutrons.ornl.gov

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Participate in the research, development, installation, maintenance and extension of control system software tools.
  • Emphasize collaborative development, sharing software with other accelerator and large experimental physics sites.
  • When tasked to solve a specific problem, based on local requirements, you strive to generalize, investigate existing tools
    for possible adaptation, or design and develop required new tools such that others can share their development and
    ultimately maintenance.
  • Participate in the design, development and maintenance of:
    • Java-based user interface and service framework,
    • SNS accelerator and beam line control system based on Linux, domain-specific languages, and Python,
    • Drivers for integrating new devices into the control system, typically in C/C++.
  • This work is done in coordination with local colleagues as well as remote collaborators, utilizing distributed software

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated significant experience in the following:
    • At least one of Java, C++, Python
    • Multithreaded programming
    • Network programming
  • Able to work both independently, and within a team
  • Proficient in oral and written communication
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate combines software development expertise with an understanding of control systems, for example
    control and data acquisition with laboratory test & measurement equipment, PLC, embedded devices, Internet-of-Things.
  • Advantageous general software development expertise includes:
    • User interface development (preferably Java)
    • Distributed software repositories (git)
    • Test-driven development
    • Continuous integration (Hudson/Jenkins)
    • Web development (Tomcat, JSP, Javascript, REST)
    • Databases, relational (Oracle, MySQL) as well as NoSQL (InflluxDB)

How to Apply

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.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.

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