Automation Engineers - Motion Control

ESS - European Spallation Source

Automation Engineers - Motion Control

ESS - European Spallation Source

Lund, Sweden

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ESS is now looking for two Automation Engineers for the Motion Control & Automation Group (MCAG) organised within the Science Directorate. The MCAG is responsible for deploying PLC motion control systems for Neutron Scattering Instruments.

Job description

The successful candidate will be part of various Neutron Instrument Construction Teams supporting our in-kind partners from across Europe. The position requires an expert in Motion Control and PLC systems especially for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of motion control related components and control systems.

Your main areas of responsibilities as an Automation Engineer will be to:

  • Support the Lead Instrument Engineer in calculating, selecting and procuring motion control components (motors, encoders etc.) for instrument systems adhering to ESS standards; provide support in safety analysis and propose mitigations;
  • Design and procure the motion control electronics (Beckhoff EtherCAT PLC) adhering to ESS standards; initiate and supervise the electrical drawings in ePlan;
  • Plan and perform the motion control related parts of the Factory Acceptance Tests at the suppliers of instrument and control systems;
  • Program and commission the motion control systems after installation on ESS site;
  • Compile and provide the Instrument Teams with the related documentation necessary to pass the different reviews from design to commissioning;
  • Communicate and link between the different Instruments Teams, the ESS MCAG and other ESS groups relevant for motion control (Personal Safety, Vacuum, Installation etc.).


The successful candidate will have:

  • University degree (MSc, BSc) in Electrical or Mechatronic Engineering with a strong focus on Motion Control and Automation;
  • Experience in the design and programming of PLCs and motion control systems preferably for scientific large-scale user facilities; knowledge of Beckhoff TwinCAT or another PLC Open system is a plus. Involvement in verification, test and commissioning procedures for electrical control systems;
  • Knowledge of scientific instruments and its associated motion control and automation techniques as well as a good knowledge of motion control components and its use in radiation environment is essential;
  • Knowledge in machine safety (EN ISO 13849 and other relevant standards) is a plus;
  • Experience in managing small development projects and interfacing with scientists and scientific project managers;
  • Practical experience in setting up automation control systems including installation and cabling according to wiring diagrams is a plus;
  • Comfortable working in an international environment and interacting with people from different backgrounds;
  • Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite; knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage.

We truly believe that you are a good communicator and great collaborator. You should be self-motivated and driven, and be used to deliver according to deadlines and milestones. Writing and documenting comes naturally to you, and you have confidence in organising and running efficient and successful meetings.

Duration & Location

The two positions are fixed term positions of 3 years each.

Your work place will be situated in Lund, Sweden. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Start date

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Application & Contact

Please provide your curriculum vitae in English by clicking on “apply” and follow the instructions. Please note that we only accept applications via the ESS website.

The deadline for applications is August 30th 2020.

For more information regarding the ESS recruitment process, please follow this link

For further information regarding the position, please contact the Recruiting Manager, Thomas Gahl, Group Leader of Motion Control & Automation, thomas.gahl[at]

For further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Officer, Tina Nilsson, tina.nilsson[at]

For trade union information please contact Unionen/Conny Wendt at +46 46 888 34 63 or SACO/Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers/Riccardo Bevilacqua at +46 46 888 32 28.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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