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Distributed Controls Systems Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106467
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: December 04 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Distributed Controls Systems Engineer. You will contribute to the development and implementation of distributed process control systems within the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and Photon Science Directorate.  You will be responsible for developing the control approach and implementing the LabVIEW-based applications and real-time control systems for a variety of laser and non-laser-based control systems. The systems interface to control the diagnostic instrumentation in high power laser systems, process optics and targets, and transport handling systems, which may have a high consequence of failure.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Develop system control strategies and applications, documenting all design and implementing software under configuration management.
- Develop moderately complex to complex LabVIEW applications for supervisory, automated processing and/or device level controls.
- Using prototyping and other analysis techniques, evaluate and provide recommendations on technological solutions.
- Refine and manage the system requirement specifications and control software design.
- Participate in formal and informal code and design reviews.
- Maintain a close interface with the various programmatic and project elements to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Research and provide in-depth analysis to advance the architecture of the control system and lead formal code design reviews.
- Develop complex applications in LabVIEW and other suitable technologies and deploy systems into the Lab and the field.
- Develop, design, implement complex software; develop and execute test plans, and conduct Failure Modes and Effects Analysis.

- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of, and experience in development of embedded controls, data acquisition, and computer interfacing.
- Broad experience with the application, use, and programming of moderately complex to complex distributed control systems. 
- Experience with the systems and software engineering process for generation of requirements, design documents, configuration control, and preparation of test plans and user documentation.
- Experience working effectively in a dynamic multidisciplinary environment, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge and/or certification in, LabVIEW development by National Instruments.
- Advanced knowledge of real-time controls hardware  and timing systems and significant experience in the development of distributed control system architectures.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
- Experience in the use of National Instruments cRIO hardware; object-oriented programming design and languages (e.g., C++, Java); software programming in configuration management environments (e.g., CVS, Git, Jira, BitBucket).
- Knowledge of robotics, instrumentation, and process engineering.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.