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Lead Software Engineer – User Office – 101257
Division: AL-Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a Lead Software Engineer – User Office to join the team.

As the User Office Software Engineering Lead, you will play a pivotal role in shaping technology decisions, overseeing the design and implementation of features, and executing the deployment of advanced software solutions. Moreover, you’ll act as a crucial liaison, facilitating seamless communication between the User Office, various departments at LBNL, software consultants, and deployment vendors.

The Advanced Light Source is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract over 1,600 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our team!

What You Will Do:

  • Drive the development of browser-based user interfaces for User Office systems.
  • Create browser-based user interfaces displaying data streamed from scientific instruments.
  • Design, deploy, and maintain databases (SQL).
  • Construct, enhance, and manage business logic code.
  • Provide technical support, troubleshooting, and triage for issues.
  • Design, maintain, and deploy software using modern unit testing and deployment techniques.
  • Develop user-friendly documentation, including software guidelines, tutorials, and maintenance instructions.
  • Offer expertise and technical guidance in implementing web-based solutions.
  • Implement Continuation Integration and deployment workflows to new and existing code repositories.
  • Develop backend web services integrating with various business and scientific systems, including authentication and authorization systems and user databases.
  • Troubleshoot access problems with database users.
  • Interface with the User Office, other departments at LBNL, software consultants, and deployment vendors.
  • Deliver occasional presentations to small groups of ALS staff.

What is Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and a minimum of 8 years of related experience, or a Master’s degree with 6 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of years of work experience and education.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the support and maintenance of operational computer systems.
  • Experience in managing software development projects.
  • Knowledge and experience with front-end software development and user interface design best practices.
  • Experience with one or more web frameworks: Single Page App (SPA) frameworks (e.g., React, Vue, Angular) or server-side frameworks (e.g., Django, Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET, Spring).
  • Experience developing and maintaining databases (e.g., SQL).
  • Knowledge and experience with software project management techniques such as revision control, build tools, issue tracking, continuous integration (CI) tools and methods.
  • Experience developing authorization and authentication systems using standard protocols (e.g., OIDC, SAML, etc.).
  • Experience with one or more programming languages (e.g., Python, Ruby, Java, JavaScript/Node).
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to work on complex issues and to exercise judgment in selecting tools and approaches.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, including the ability to interact well with external collaborators and scientists.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a scientific research setting.
  • Experience deploying on cloud systems (e.g., GCP, AWS).
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity best practices.

This position will remain open until filled.

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  • This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position is expected to pay $126,900 – $158,628, which fits within the full salary range of $126,900 – $214,140 for the Computer Systems Engineer 3. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, and aligned with the internal peer group.
  • 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.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule – a combination of teleworking and performing work on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.

How To Apply
Apply directly online and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

The core values of the ALS reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which each member of the community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a strong and successful lab community. For more information refer to the LBNL core values and the ALS mission statement and core values.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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