Los Alamos National Laboratory Control System Software Scientist 2 (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Accelerator Operations Technology (AOT) Division provides systems engineering, program management and operational support to ensure the safety and reliability of the LANSCE accelerator complex. AOT Division is responsible for the operation, maintenance and engineering upgrades necessary to provide high quality beams to a variety of experimental and production facilities. The Instrumentation and Controls Group (AOT-IC) preforms a number of technical functions in support of AOT Division goals.

As a member of AOT-IC, the successful applicant will be expected to work as a member of the Software Controls Team whose primary responsibility is to support the operation of the control and data acquisition systems deployed at the LANSCE facility.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide automated accelerator control-system software development and control-system operational which will require interacting with controls engineers, physicists, operators, instrumentation and controls technicians and others. The LANSCE Control System incorporates Linux–, RTEMS-, VxWorks, and LabVIEW, EPICS (Experimental Physics Industrial Control System), PLCs, and legacy VMS-based application software.

Job responsibilities will include software engineering, maintenance and upgrades of current systems, documentation, and participation in evaluation, design and development of future control systems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience developing control system components.

  • Programming experience in Java.

  • Experience in logic design with VHDL.

  • Experience with the Linux operating system.

  • Experience in embedded multithreaded software design with C++.

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience with a large verity of instrumentation sensors, actuators, and controllers used for signal processing/conditioning in data acquisition systems.

  • Experience with engineering design cycle: requirements gathering, design, implementation, integration, testing, and support.

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience working on medium- or large-scale projects and as a member of a team.

  • Availability for rotating on-call, working after hours when required.

Desired Skills:

  • Programming experience with VxWorks or RTEMS.

  • Programming experience in bash, Perl, or Lua.

  • Experience in Linux system management: creating accounts, configuring system characteristics, installation of software, etc.

  • Experience in network management: NIS, DNS, DHCP, etc.

  • Demonstrated experience with system level design, architecture implementation and project management.

  • Programming experience with the EPICS toolkit.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Education:B.S. (M.S. or Ph.D. preferred) in computer science, electrical or controls engineering, physics or physical science, or related fields plus two years’ experience.

Essential Job Functions: Reading Vision, Sitting, Standing, Climbing stairs, Climbing ladders, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, Typing or keyboarding, lifting 30+ pounds,

Work Environment: Working in widely ranging ambient temperatures, working overtime or irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, and work near machinery with moving parts.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses each of the required and desired skills of the position.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Accelerator Operations and Technology - Instrumentation and Controls (AOT‐IC) Group provides expertise, support, and technical leadership in diagnostic instrumentation, Electronic Computer‐Aided Design and supervisory control and data acquisition. AOT‐IC’s primary focus is the design, and implementation of beam diagnostics, timing, control hardware, and software systems for the LANSCE User Facility. This includes participation in current and future projects. AOT’s secondary focus is to share its expertise and experience with organizations within the Laboratory as well as external partners and sponsors. Along these lines, AOT‐IC has worked on R&D; 100 award-winning projects utilizing its knowledge base while incorporating cutting edge technology. Additionally, the group fosters and participates in worldwide collaborations, workshops, and conferences in the interest of exploring and pushing the frontiers in instrumentation, controls, and ion-source technology.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Organization Name: AOT-IC/Instrumentation & Controls

Email: anelsen@lanl.gov

Job Title: Control System Software Scientist 2 (Scientist 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66299