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Control System Engineer

MAX IV Laboratory is looking for a Control System Engineer to join its Controls and IT team

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 Aug 2020
  • Sweden | MAX IV Laboratory
  • Date posted: 12 Aug 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Engineering & instrumentation

Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Controls & IT

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The university has 40,000 students and more than 8000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

MAX IV is a Swedish national large-scale research laboratory hosted by Lund University. It provides scientists from Sweden as well as internationally, with state-of-the-art instrumentation for research in areas such as engineering, physics, structural biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. Fully developed, it will receive more than 2000 scientists annually, conducting ground-breaking experiments in materials and life sciences using the brilliant X-ray light.

The MAX IV Controls and IT team (KITS) deliver solutions to the whole MAX IV organization in the areas of control system hardware, controls software applications, infrastructure and networking, information management and scientific software. This is a dynamic and highly challenging environment and requires close collaboration with the staff in order to understand the needs and be effective in forming solutions. We are around 50 people in total who work in five domains in a well-organized and agile way. We hold values of lean management, knowledge spread, user autonomy, continuous improvement and flexibility as guiding principles for our work.

The control and acquisition system software is a very important part of MAX IV and will continuously develop to increase the functionality and the reliability of the whole facility to meet the research.


Are you the new software developer that will boost research for scientists? Apply your software development skills to help exploit the full capabilities of Sweden’s new flagship laboratory. You will have the chance to face new challenges of the synchrotron domain in a very distributive environment, i.e. fast detector read out, real time beam alignment, innovative user interfaces, continuous data acquisition or streaming of big data.

By having close contact to the users you will have the opportunity to solve the problem with a new approach, to become involved in writing an interesting paper and to present the work at international conferences.

As a professional you will bridge science and state of the art software development. You will help to maintain a community and support the researcher to be autonomous in software development. Being part of the KITS group means to participate to different international collaborations about control and acquisition, Scandinavian and European, scientific or industrial.

As a team mate you will join a trusted and open team where continuous improvement and mentorship is part of our DNA. In addition you will improve your technique and spread the knowledge on best practices of software development. By using agile and lean management you can stay focused on the software development.

Finally this is the opportunity to learn and to increase your skills, competence and experience. In an international facility such as MAX IV you will meet open-minded people from different perspectives. Inside the KITS group, composed of network, system, hardware engineers and scientific software experts, we promote a devops style cross-functional team. With learning in mind you have the possibility to attend high-profile software conferences like europycon, pysci, and linuxconf.

Tasks and responsibilities

The successful candidate who will be responsible for:

  • Developing the critical piece of software used by the KITS Control group.
  • Developing software projects from low level hardware interfaces to high-level optimized applications mainly in Python and under Linux.
  • Increasing the functionality and the reliability of the whole facility in order to realise its scientific potential.
  • Sensing the user experience for troubleshooting and finding simple user-friendly solutions to complex problems.
  • Participating to the team planning and resource estimation as well as improving the group infrastructure.


In order to apply you are required to have:

  • A university degree.
  • At least two-years professional with Python 3 programming experience.
  • Experience in control system development.
  • Develop software in a Linux operating system environment.
  • Experience with agile team environment and familiar with the peer programming, review, unit tests, continuous integration and delivery.
  • An open source spirit.

Working in such an environment it is preferable to have a minimum knowledge of:

  • Software development in the Tango Control System kernel.
  • Other software programming languages: RUST, JavaScript, GO, C, C++ etc.
  • Software development for scientific applications.
  • Network and distributive system: TCP/IP layers, OS configuration etc.
  • Web development: Microframework, HTTP etc.

More merit will be given to a candidate having experience of:

  • Showing evidence of an open source community collaboration.
  • Working in an international research oriented environment.

In addition to the above it is regarded as highly important to supply evidence that you are a team player and can demonstrate your communication and collaborative skills. We expect you to have the capability to coordinate projects.

Probationary period may apply.


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