Senior Software Systems Engineer

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Job Title Senior Software Systems Engineer
Job Reference 118/17/NH
Post Type Permanent / Full time
Division Technical
Salary information £42,297 to £49,761 (Discretionary range to £57,225)
Application deadline 12/11/2017

Job Description

Working on distributed-control systems, as Senior Software Systems Engineer, your task will be to lead 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.

Duties include:

  • Design and develop the Control System of one or more photon beamlines;
  • 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, developing requirements, track project progress, and verify operation of Control Systems;
  • Report on progress in all areas on a periodic basis;
  • Liaise with, and supervise, contractors and suppliers of turn key Control Systems;
  • Provide technical expertise in software development and skill in software design for real-time embedded applications;
  • Project planning and coordination of projects relating to Control Systems for photon beamlines;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the Control Systems on other, comparable, beamline and accelerator projects;
  • Communicate details of Control System developments within Diamond and to other projects;
  • Mentor and train more junior engineers as required.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Honours degree in physics, electronic engineering, computer science or equivalent other degree;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of staff supervision;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of project planning and management;
  • Significant 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;
  • Knowledge and experience of EPICS.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Knowledge and experience of VME or embedded systems;
  • Knowledge and experience of Linux on PC’s;
  • Knowledge and experience with Scripting Languages;
  • Knowledge of Motion control;
  • Knowledge of networking;
  • Knowledge of VxWorks;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work in restricted or confined spaces.

Applying for employment

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