Control Systems Specialist

29 Jun 2018
20 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Control Systems Specialist


Job Description

The primary role involves the development of linear & non-linear dynamic feedback control systems for a range of products involving novel electro-optical sightline steering mechanisms, thermal reference devices, miniature actuation mechanisms etc.

This will involve:-

  • Concept generation, theoretical analysis and modelling of dynamic systems for servo control mechanisms, thermal models etc.
  • Development of dynamic control algorithms to meet system performance requirements, including "what if" trade-off studies.
  • Selection and specification of control components (motors, inertial measurement devices, angular and linear displacement sensors, electronic drive amplifiers etc.)
  • Specification and production of embedded control software and firmware from Simulink, Xilinx-XSG and HDLcoder (and future approaches)
  • Generation of test plans and specifications
  • Development of Matlab scripts and functions to support testing and evaluation, including HWIL stimulus files generation and automated test output analysis.
  • Support to module and system-level integration, execution of testing and analysis of test recordings and results.
  • Complete development of formal models representing the applicable control system, both for internal use within the company and for delivery to external customer / partner organisations.

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Development of Control Systems for new and existing programmes, working at all phases of the development lifecycle.
  • Technical leadership and development of junior team members.
  • Supporting the development of current and future Control Systems architectures/designs and their implementation.
  • Robust capture of design artefacts as appropriate for all stages in the engineering lifecycle appropriate for managing existing systems and for taking concepts through to production.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

Core skills required:

  • Theory of linear & non-linear dynamic feedback control systems, including PID, H8, H2, Variable-structure control etc.
  • Thorough understanding of rotational and translational geometry using direction-cosine and/or quaternion approaches.
  • Appreciation of basic fundamentals of electro-mechanical designs, including direct drive and indirect (geared or tape/wire) drives, steering mirrors etc.
  • Experience of MATLAB/Simulink and Simulink Coder are highly desirable.
  • Experience of Xilinx FPGA development tools is highly desirable.
  • An appreciation of real-time embeddable Software and Firmware (to support Software and Firmware Specialists).
  • Understanding of characteristics and representation of control components including:

o Electric motors - dc brushed, brushless, stepper, linear, voicecoil etc.

o Inertial measurement devices - gyro's, accelerometers

o Angular and linear displacement sensors - accelerometers, optical encoders, resolvers, Inductosyns, tacho's etc.

o Electronic drive amplifiers etc.

Familiarity with the following tools is desirable:

  • Configuration control using Dimensions and Teamcenter
  • Desktop Linux familiarity
  • Familiarity with DOORS

Intrinsic Factors

Working in office environment, working with lasers, driving/travel etc.

Occasional driving/travel may be required within the UK, Europe or even worldwide. This role would generally be office/lab based with use of DSE equipment.

Candidates must be able to obtain SC security clearance.

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