IT Software developer & system engineer

36 hours a week
€ 3.359 - € 5.292

Closing date: December 10

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Job description

  • Responsible for the backend off the accelerator control system.
  • Designs and develops extensions of the accelerator control system related to new experimental stations, as well as new functionality of the accelerator control system to meet evolving user needs.
  • Designs and develops software for data acquisition of experiments using e.g. VME hardware.
  • Supports colleagues in the development of PLC and LabVIEW applications for equipment control.
  • Shares together with colleagues the responsibility to keep the control system operational 24/7 during accelerator operation.
  • Supports colleagues with System Administration.

Working environment

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the University of Groningen (UG) are joining forces in proton therapy R&D with the aim to create a world-class research program. The Particle Therapy research Center is a key facility for the radiation biology and medical physics research in this program. Its research capabilities are currently being expanded with a new infrastructure for image guided preclinical radiation biology research. The accelerator facility consists of the superconducting cyclotron (AGOR) that delivers beams of ions ranging from protons to bismuth ions with a variable energy to several experimental stations dedicated to specific types of experiments. The accelerator provides beams not only for medical research but also for research in subatomic physics and works in collaboration with industrial partners, on the topics of radiation hardness testing of electronic components and sensors. Our technical support team’s focus is to meet the current and future requirements of the local, national and international user community that depends on the accelerator and the associated experimental infrastructure for their research. The operation of the AGOR accelerator facility is monitored and controlled with a distributed digital control system based on PLC’s and various types of microcontrollers that communicate over different fieldbuses with a central database coupled to a graphical user interface. We are now searching for a Software Control Systems Engineer who will take the responsibility for the reliable operation and further development of the AGOR control system. The candidate, while working in close collaboration with the electronics group, is expected to take a leading role in control systems development within our facility.

What do we need

  • MSc in Computer Science or equivalent (ideally, with relevant experience.)
  • Team player; good communication skills, also with non-experts; flexible.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills; stress resistant.
  • Knowledge of/experience in control systems of large and complex equipment, network protocols, fieldbuses.
  • Programming in C, C++, software for embedded systems, scripting in bash, Perl and Python, system monitoring tools.
  • Knowledge of Linux server and Windows server.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.
In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

What do we offer

The position (36 hours a week) is for one year with possibility for further extension. Your salary will be a maximum of €5.292,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC)

More information
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For questions about the position

Any questions? Do contact us.

Alexander Gerbershagen head of Partrec faciliteit

How to apply

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 10 December 2023.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.


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