Electronic Safety Systems Engineering Associate

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory seeks an experienced Controls Systems Safety Engineering Associate for the Electronic Engineering Division in the Accelerator Directorate. The Safety Systems Department is 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. Working in a dynamic environment in support of particle accelerator and scientific experimental structures, the Associate works with a team of Engineers and Technicians to design, support and maintain credited safety systems used to protect personnel from hazards associated with prompt ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. The Associate is responsible for contributing to the full system lifecycle and for analyzing and designing safety systems components. The Associate will direct the efforts of other Engineering Associate and Technicians within the Department and the EE Division, collaborate with Engineers and Scientists within the Accelerator Directorate, and interact with other SLAC departments.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Take ownership and responsibility over significant components of one of the main safety system.
  • Translate performance and operational specifications into sub-system requirements.
  • Support project developments by preparing schedules and cost estimates as needed, as well as directing installation work.
  • Develop and direct test plans and certification procedures that demonstrate systems satisfy requirements.
  • Coordinate teamwork with other accelerator and instrument groups.
  • Maintain configuration control of systems in accordance with SLAC and the Safety Systems Department’s policies.
  • Support Operational issues on call outside of the standard workday.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Associate degree in relevant engineering or science discipline, and five years of equivalent work experience in safety systems or combination of education and relevant work experience in safety systems.
  • Good knowledge of deploying and programming ladder logic and PLC-based systems.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD  or similar CAD package for 2D schematic layouts
  • Understanding of project management and the ability to develop and manage time-phased plans.
  • Experience with technical writing and preparation of formal reports and user manuals.
  • Highly organized, good interpersonal skills and strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Must be capable to contribute to the development of the department’s mission and committed to achieving it in a safe and respectful manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics or any related field.
  • Experience with other non credited safety systems such as ODH or NIRP.
  • Good experience with credited safety systems for particle accelerators.
  • Familiarity with international safety standards (e.g. IEC 61508 – ISA/ANSI 84.01).
  • Experience with programming Safety PLCs (Pilz, Siemens).
  • Expertise with board-level analog and digital electronic circuit analysis and design.
  • Experience with distributed control system architectures.
  • Experience with field installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of analog and digital electronic control systems.
  • Familiarity with the principles of analog signal processing.
  • Experience within the DOE Science Lab environment.

SLAC Employee Competencies:

  • Effective Decisions:  Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development:  Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability:  Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative:  Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability:  Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication:   Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.


  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
  • May work extended or unusual work hours based on research and project requirements.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pdf
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


Classification Title: Science & Engineering Associate 2

Grade: J

Job code: 4992

Duration: Regular Continuing

To apply for this job please visit erp-hprdext.erp.slac.stanford.edu.