Staff Engineer 3 – Electrical System Safety

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Do you enjoy collaborating with a diverse group of people to solve complex challenges? Does contributing to breakthrough discoveries in science and working with unique experimental instrumentation in a world-leading scientific research environment excite you? The Electrical System Division (SSRL-ESD), within the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Directorate at SLAC is seeking a safety system engineer to manage the beamlines and accelerator safety systems.

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Electrical System Division (SSRL-ESD) is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of novel and standard/commercial solutions for synchrotron radiation beamline instrumentation and electron particle accelerator control systems. Members of the safety system group are responsible for establishing criteria and evaluating potential architecture designs for machine protection systems (MPS), personnel protection systems (PPS) and beam containment system (BCS) infrastructures, ensuring designs, and installations are documented in support of scientific research and experimental projects. As an SSRL safety system engineer, you will perform project management and engineering work of considerable scope and complexity, often challenging and difficult with minimum or none supervision. Collaborate with all level staff to find solutions to the more challenging engineering problems. You will work with scientists, engineers, engineering associate, and technicians to support safety systems implementations and best practices, while maintaining and upgrading subsystems assigned. This position reports to the SSRL Electrical System Division Director.

Specific Responsibilities (Including but not limited to):

•Manage the safety system group activities. Assigns work and delegates areas of responsibilities to staff to achieve production of high quality work on-time and on-budget aligned with customers need.
•Manage project priorities from conception to implementation, ensuring specification, design, test, production, installation and documentation phases are completed.
•Collaborate with other related SLAC safety systems group
•Assure rigorous work planning and control are in place including: test procedures, soft/firmware version control, design reviews, requirements gathering, management reports, project planning
•Stewardship of SSRL beamlines and SPEAR3 safety.
•Plan and implement upgrades to be the least invasive to 24/7 operations, with consideration of limited resources.
•Communicate with people from all other disciplines: Physicists, scientists, duty operators, electrical and mechanical engineers, electronic and network technicians.
•Hold and participate in safety systems reviews.
•Respond for occasional 24/7 support for subsystems assigned.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Engineering, or related field and minimum 4 years’ of relevant experience including:
•Safety systems engineering designs, development, and trouble-shooting.
•Developing, managing and contributing to the definition of complex engineering solutions.
•Leading, managing, motivating and developing technical staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•SCADA, DCS & PLC system design, configuration and troubleshooting –
•A-B ControlLogix™ 5000, CompactLogix™ and SLC™ 500 families , HMI & GUI design and PanelView™ RSVIEW32
•Siemens S7 F System safety-rated, fault-tolerant, standard program PLC and HMI & GUI design utilizing WINCC
•PILZ PLC safety PLC’s
•Design of temperature, vacuum, water flow safety instrumented systems
•PID control loop tuning using classical and automated control applications
•IEC IEC 61131-3 Ladder Logic, Function Block, C++, Instruction List, Structured Text, continuous and sequential Function Chart
•Proactivity in creating and maintaining documentation related to projects, software, user guides, how-tos, among others.
•Lead and direct multiple complex projects requiring high levels of functional integration.
•Demonstrated ability to manage engineering teams and projects including budget and schedule.
•Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to synthesize and articulate technical and scientific methodologies, specifications, and information.
•Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.

Experience or background in one or more of the following areas preferred

•Python, Linux and VMS
•Knowledge of VHDL/Verilog in the embedded systems space.
•Ability to provide training and guidance to students, postdoctoral researchers and other scientific personnel.
•User software support; SPEC, Blue Ice
•PLC interface and control software for: Power Supplies, RF, Beam Position Monitors and other beam diagnostics, Digitizers, Motion Control, Thermocouples, Radiation Monitors, vacuum instrumentation.
•Advanced degree strongly preferred.

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


•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:
•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, .

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.

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