Accelerator System Safety Engineer

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks an Accelerator System Safety Engineer in the Engineering Division to be matrixed to the Advanced Light Source (ALS) Synchrotron accelerator complex.
Engineering Department supports programs and projects throughout the prestigious LBNL laboratory and scientific experimental community. Created in 1931, LBNL is the first National Laboratory and has had 13 Nobel prize winners on its staff. It now employees 4400 scientists, engineers and administrators on a beautiful campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
The Safety Systems at ALS are responsible for protection of personnel from prompt radiation, in the framework of accelerator safety systems (Personnel Protection Systems and Beam Containment Systems) and associated support equipment. You are responsible for overseeing the full system lifecycle and for analyzing and designing safety systems. You will direct the efforts of Engineers, Associate Engineers and Technicians in addition to collaborating with Engineers and Scientists within the ALS, other divisions, DOE labs, and the international accelerator community.

This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

What You Will Do:

  • Contribute to the development of safety systems at ALS, including the study of codes of federal, state and local regulations, DOE orders, LBNL policies and procedures.
  • Generate system requirements and specifications following the safety lifecycle process, collaborating with the Radiation Protection Group.
  • Lead and contribute to the development of innovative solutions in the safety systems for existing and future particle accelerators.
  • Oversee engineering effort for the fail-safe design of beam loss or radiation sensing electronics.
  • Design and program analog and digital circuits at a system and component level, including drawing formal electrical and electronic schematics and wiring diagrams of new system as well as upgrading existing relay-based systems.
  • Design and program SIL rated PLC-based controllers.
  • Define, implement, and execute reliability and qualification tests. Design electronic test benches; perform safety and reliability analysis and tests, and develop documentation.
  • Develop engineering requirements and specifications, create and review procedures and user manuals.
  • Integrate systems, perform reliability and failure data analysis and oversee installations.
  • Generate test procedures and work with a team to field-certify installed systems.
  • Assist quality assurance with qualification and corrective action activities.
  • Interface with field support and other technical entities to resolve quality and reliability issues.
  • Interface with vendors/subcontractors, including oversight of outsourced project scope, schedule, risks, resources and quality of work.
  • Collaborate with engineers and scientists.
  • Support projects with cost estimates, budgets, schedules and procurement of key components.
  • Maintain compliance with applicable LBNL policies and standards (Engineering Process, Electrical Equipment Inspection Program, Safety Software Quality Assurance, safety protocols, respectful workplace, etc.).
  • Contribute to the development of the department’s mission and committed to achieving it in a safe and respectful manner, in compliance with applicable standards and regulations.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • May work with other scientists and engineers to review and solve technical issues.
  • May provide oversight to other technical staff on specific System Safety projects.
  • Provide input for cost and schedule estimates for sub-projects.
  • May represent the Laboratory to the outside world in System Safety Engineering through, for example, participation in design reviews, workshops, and meetings.

What is Required:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years or related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent work experience in system safety design engineering prefered.
  • Experience in programming SIL rated PLC-based systems in ladder logic or other languages.
  • Experience with technical writing and preparation of formal reports and user manuals.
  • Strong knowledge of electronic circuits with experience in design, development, or manufacturing of analog and digital circuits. Proficiency in common software CAD tools for schematic entry.
  • Ability to work efficiently as part of a collaborative team, lead, plan and organize projects, meet scheduled commitments on time.
  • Ability to lead the technical efforts of subordinates and peers (technicians, engineering associates, and engineers).
  • Experience in: reliability/safety analysis techniques (HAZOP, LOPA); Safety Life Cycle; Systems Engineering.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, will work in enclosed spaces with limited egress, confined spaces, and lift up to 20 lbs.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in project management including the use of software tools such as Microsoft Project (or equivalent) and the ability to develop and manage time-phased budgets.
  • Experience with contracts management, from the development of statements of work, to the support of the contracting phase through procurement, as well as the monitoring and tracking of the technical work execution of the resulting contracts.
  • Contribute to the initiation of projects, using analytical skills, and working with minimal supervision, extreme attention to details.
  • Highly organized, good interpersonal skills and strong communication skills, both oral and written. Familiarity with international safety standards (e.g. IEC 61508 – ISA/ANSI 84.01).
  • Member of any of the following organizations: The International System Safety Society, The American Society of Safety Engineers or Board of Certified Safety Engineers.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time, 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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