29. January 2014 - European Spallation Source (ESS)
Control System Software Architect
Control System Software Architect
29. January 2014 - European Spallation Source (ESS)
Control System Software Architect
Control System Software Architect
European Spallation Source (ESS)

Lund, Sweden


The Machine Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, invites applications for a Control System Software Architect.

Description of Institution

The Integrated Control System division is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of control systems for the ESS facility including Accelerator, Target, Neutron Scattering Instruments and Conventional Facilities. Our work environment is characterised by fast growth, high rate of work, and an international atmosphere with highly academic personnel. The candidate must therefore enjoy the diversity of such a set up and have a personality suited for the challenges it holds. In this growing organisation you will have the possibility to be part of developing new routines and processes. Our work environment is exciting and forward-thinking and relies heavily on personal initiative.

Job description

What ESS can offer
At ESS we offer people with talent and passion a unique opportunity to be involved in the development and building of a world leading facility for materials research.
Besides attractive employment and relocation conditions, the flexibility to balance work life with private life and good opportunities to further enhance your skills; you will also enjoy being part of an organisational culture that promotes and supports internal career growth. We pride ourselves in having successful collaboration across different functions, and as the facility continues to grow we will keep nurturing the international and vibrant environment welcoming people from all across the world.

Duration & Location
The position is permanent with six months initial probationary period. Your work place will be situated in Lund, Sweden. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Description of main responsibilities

  • Lead the Configuration Data Management work unit. This work unit consists of five databases and services to keeping track of the virtual and physical parts of the control system, accelerator, target, conventional facilities, and neutron instruments.
  • Provide the architecture for control system services (logging, archiving, alarms etc.)
  • Develop software according to ICS standards and technology choices (Java, Glassfish, MySQL, EPICS)
  • Contribute to the tools and processes to create a robust and productive development environment
  • Write and maintain quality documents for requirements, design, test plans, and test reports
  • Mentor junior developers and communicate with the users on control system use and issues.
  • Champion ICS standards for software development
  • Integrate and contribute to existing software from controls software collaborations (DISCS, EPICS, ITER)
  • Working hours are standard office hours, but occasionally you will need to be flexible and work evenings due to meeting arrangements and hard workload.
Requested Profile


  • Previous experience from a similar role
  • 3 years experience in software development for accelerator controls
  • 7 years experience software development in Java, C, C++, Python
  • Previous experience in large database design and maintenance using MySQL
  • Previous experience with EPICS and Control System Studio
  • Previous experience in service-oriented software architecture
  • Previous experience with rest-full interfaces
  • Previous experience in Control System Services such as logging, archiving, and alarms
  • Previous experience setting up a development environment
  • Previous experience in agile methodology using JIRA
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite; knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage

We truly believe that to enjoy and perform in this position, you are a positive person with a demonstrated ability to work well with others. You have an ability to communicate technical concepts and an ability to teach and mentor. It is important to be well-organised and structured. You have to be flexible and ready to adapt to a fast changing work environment. Furthermore, you are able to cope well with heavy workload and stay calm even in a stressful atmosphere.

How to Apply

Application & Contact
Please provide your curriculum vitae and covering letter in English. Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website. The deadline for applications is 16th of February 2014.

For further information regarding the position, please contact . For further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact .

16. February 2014
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