Graduate / Software Systems Engineer

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Job Title Graduate / Software Systems Engineer
Job Reference 0101/16/NH-1
Post Type Permanent / Full time
Division Technical
Salary information £25,247 - £29,702 (Discretionary range to £34,157) for graduate level, £32,480 - £38,211 (Discretionary range to £43,943) for higher level
Application deadline 28/02/2017
Date of interviews


Job Description

Working on distributed-control systems your task as Software Systems Engineer or Graduate Software Systems Engineer will be to work closely with a team of scientists and engineers to specify and develop software to deliver ultra-stable x-ray beams to the experimental sample; to provide control of the experiment and manage the readout of the detectors.  You will be working in a distributed, heterogeneous computing environment, using the real-time operating system for direct control of the x-ray optical components and Linux workstations for the operator interfaces and development environment. Most server applications are coded in C or built using the EPICS control system toolkit, while client applications use a combination of Java and Python or tools.

You will need to demonstrate an excellent understanding of computing technology applied to real-time and distributed control applications and excellent programming skills. Together with a good honours degree in physics, electronic engineering or computer science. For the right candidate the position offers a relaxed non-commercial environment full of motivated individuals and comprehensive benefits.

As a Graduate Software Systems Engineer, this role provides a 2 year personalised development programme, with extensive hands on experience backed by technical training and development.  

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Graduate Software Systems Engineer

  • Work with scientists and engineers on the overall design and specification for the control systems;
  • Work as part of a small team to design, implement, test and document control software for the photon beamlines;
  • Provide support for the commissioning of photon beamline control systems;
  • Provide operational support and maintenance of software for existing systems, including attention and response to fault reports when appropriate;
  • Personal training and development.

Software Systems Engineer

  • Design and develop the Control Systems;
  • Commission and diagnose faults in installed Control Systems;
  • Provide operational support and analysis of installed Control Systems;
  • Interface with internal customers, including Engineers and Scientists, at all stages of the development life cycle to, for example, develop requirements, track project progress, and verify operation of Control Systems;
  • Contribute to the processes and associated software development to support the design of Control Systems throughout Diamond;
  • Report on progress in all areas on a periodic basis;
  • Support of contractors and suppliers of turn key Control Systems;
  • Maintain and develop technical expertise in software development;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the Control Systems on other, comparable, beamline and accelerator projects. 

Qualification & Experience - Essential

Graduate Software Systems Engineer

  • Honours degree in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent other degree + relevant experience;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written;
  • Ability to solve technical problems, evaluating alternative courses of action and innovating where necessary;
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and a willingness to take responsibility;
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively alone and without direct supervision;
  • Understanding of software design and/or programming of industrial or scientific systems; 
  • Knowledge and experience in programming in C or an Object Orientated language;
  • Understanding of software in a real time distributed environment;
  • Knowledge and experience of developing in a Unix environment.

Software Systems Engineer

  • Honours degree in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent other degree + relevant experience;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written;
  • Ability to solve technical problems, evaluating alternative courses of action and innovating where necessary;
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and a willingness to take responsibility;
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively alone and without direct supervision;
  • Relevant experience in the software design and/or programming of industrial or scientific systems;
  • Knowledge and experience in programming in C;
  • Experience in developing software in a real time distributed control environment;
  • Knowledge and experience of developing in a Unix environment;
  • Knowledge and experience of developing with a source code control and structured release environment;
  • Experience of using software testing and debugging tools effectively and developing automated test harnesses.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

Graduate Software Systems Engineer

  • Knowledge and experience of developing with a source code control and structured release environment;
  • Knowledge and experience of embedded systems;
  • Knowledge and experience of Linux on PC’s;
  • Knowledge of networking protocols.

Software Systems Engineer

  • Demonstrate an understanding of staff supervision;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of project planning and management;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with motion systems;
  • Knowledge and experience of embedded systems;
  • Knowledge and experience of Linux on PC’s;
  • Knowledge and experience with Scripting Languages;
  • Knowledge of Motion control;
  • Knowledge of networking;
  • Knowledge and experience in programming in Java.

Further Information

  • Be willing to work overtime at unsociable hours as required;
  • Be willing to travel in the UK and abroad, including occasional periods away from home;
  • Be prepared to undertake further training.

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to recruitment@diamond.ac.uk



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