Process Controls Integration Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) user facility for nuclear science. Hosting the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes benefitting society.

FRIB will commence scientific user operation in May of 2022. FRIB is funded by DOE-SC, Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, with user facility operation supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Since 2010, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate programs.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that will enable unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.

Purpose

The Process Controls Integration Engineer develops approaches for process control of the FRIB accelerator and associated beamline systems, and specifies the design, development, documentation, and deployment strategies for Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-based controls at FRIB. The FRIB control system is based on Allen-Bradley hardware and EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) open software tools.

Assigned scope

Analyzes subsystem requirement, proposes technical solution, implements the end to end solution and hands over to operation, and provides continuous support.

Major position responsibilities

  • Manage and support installation and operations, and facilitate the work of commissioning and operations teams [25%]
  • Develop the architecture for controls systems and applications and implement the EPICS/PLC-based controls system [25%]
  • Implement and maintain PLC-based controls systems including required instrumentation [20%]
  • Provide continuous support and improvement of controls systems including the preventive maintenance and parts management keeping records of maintenance tasks and results [5%]
  • Interface with operations and commissioning teams to provide prompt support [5%]
  • Foresee any potential problem areas and notify line manager [5%]
  • Propose guidelines for FRIB EPICS/PLC-based controls system implementation to improve productivity, efficiency, quality, and uniformity, and ensure adherence to the guidelines [10%]
  • Collaborate with the EPICS/PLC community to keep FRIB controls system up-to-date [5%]

Position duties

Team member

  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope, and schedule)
  • Plan to perform their work in a safe manner
  • Perform work with quality

Senior ca

  • Conceive, design and create new complex systems and progressive science and technology that advance the state of the art
  • Manage, prioritize, and delegate work to achieve milestones and goals
  • Provide leadership and build a success-oriented culture
  • Establish lab-wide policies and standards
  • Lead responsibility for department (head), system (lead), and/or project (manager)
  • Deliver project and/or systems work scope within cost and schedule
  • Manage and prioritize work of others
  • Identifies, pursues, and implements new initiatives
  • Supervises work of diverse teams and/or groups
  • Execute work to meet project objectives
  • Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans and findings both verbally and through written reports to peers, management, and external stakeholders

Benefits

MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit careers.msu.edu and search for posting number 737203 and follow the application process. 

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes supporting discoveries about the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is located on one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. on 5,300 tree-filled acres. MSU has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The greater Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

Livability.com named Lansing as the most affordable city on its 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live list and one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. East Lansing is one of the Best Places to Live according to the 2019 ranking by Livability.com. Neighboring city Okemos is No. 1 in the Niche.com 2020 Best Places to Live in Michigan ranking.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university and FRIB encourage applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.