Motion Control Specialist

08 Sep 2022
08 Oct 2022

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore, about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2200 people.

The section Control Systems provides and maintains core software tools, APIs and building blocks to build reliable and robust control systems for the different large research facilities at PSI. The control system is based on the open platform toolkit EPICS to meet the challenges in data acquisition and device control in modern accelerator facilities. To strengthen our group Common Systems Integration to further develop our standard building blocks and provide support for motion control, we are looking for a

Motion Control Specialist

Your tasks:

  • Driving the development and standardization of the integration of motion control systems into the existing control system infrastructure;
  • Active documentation and knowledge sharing within your specific area, and promoting the use of our standard devices and building blocks;
  • Consulting and advising stakeholders on their foreseen projects around motion and motion control;
  • Working with mechanical and electrical engineers, to design, deliver and troubleshoot motion subsystems;
  • Understanding a motion control system’s architecture, and the interface between the powertrain motor control and precision mechanical stages, including tuning of PID control loops and other motion parameters.

Your profile

  • Degree in software engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics, natural sciences or equivalent level of knowledge;
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, interested in constructive exchange with peers;
  • Practical knowledge of the principles of motion control systems;
  • Experience from design to commissioning and troubleshooting of motion control systems;
  • Initial, but good, programming skills, and a strong interest to improve it.

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

For further information, please contact Simaolhoda Baymani, e-mail

Please submit your application online by 31 October 2022 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Motion Control Specialist (index no. 8214-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Melanie Rapisarda-Bellwald, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

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