New Header logo

Back to Search Results

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.



Program Development Director for Advanced Instrumentation

Job Requisition #: 3526
Classification Title: Research Technical Manager 3
Grade: N
# of openings: 1
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE.  SLAC is a multi-program laboratory for photon science, astrophysics, material science, biomedicine, accelerator and particle physics research.

SLAC’s Advanced Instrumentation for Research (AIR) Division in the Technology Innovation Directorate (TID) is seeking a Program Development Director to manage and lead the development of R&D projects and programs that leverage and expand SLAC’s unique detector and instrumentation capabilities.  In this position, you will serve as a member of the AIR leadership team and provide leadership to program development, management, and strategic vision with primary emphasis on development of new programs and projects beyond SLAC’s current government sponsors and clients in the commercial area.

The AIR Division develops advanced detectors and instrumentation systems that enable these areas of scientific research and also enable emerging applications with high impact to the Nation. AIR instrumentation is utilized in SLAC’s X-ray User Facilities for discovery science and has also been deployed to the South Pole, the high mountains of the Atacama in Chile, the CERN LHC, and on-orbit. Unique specialized instrumentation is also developed for the commercial sector. The Division comprises SLAC’s integrated, world-class capability in detectors, sensors (rf through gamma-rays, and particles), advanced low-noise and/or high speed analog and digital electronics, specialized ASICs design, high-speed data acquisition, hardware, software, and systems engineering. The successful candidate expected to significantly grow TID-AIR programs, funding portfolio, technical capabilities, and mission space consistent with the TID and AIR strategic vision.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Find and develop new R&D projects, programs, sponsors and customers that leverage, expand, and broaden the national impact of the detector and instrumentation portfolio of the Advanced Instrumentation for Research Division.
  • Collaborate with TID leadership team in the development of TID strategic and business planning and implementation
  • Understand in detail the division’s technical capabilities and how they can be applied to challenging problems of national importance that enhance AIR’s future capabilities and impact.
  • Identify program development opportunities matching the divisions expertise: Challenging problems and sponsor interests that require the resources on the scale of a national laboratory to develop science-based solutions or commercially viable technologies.
  • Engage discussions with potential sponsors and customers to understand their problems and determine how SLAC’s expertise can be applied to address their needs.
  • In coordination with AIR scientists and engineers, develop concepts for solutions to sponsor needs and prepare and deliver compelling briefings to potential sponsors that are responsive to the opportunities.
  • Develop a diverse set of relationships and funding channels with other federal agencies (including DOD, DHS, DARPA, NASA, NNSA, etc.), national laboratories, and other sources that tackle major technical challenges ranging from discovery science to healthcare to national security, and build a strong portfolio of sponsored research projects.
  • Develop relationships and funding channels with the commercial sector in order to develop and provide innovative designs, components, and systems.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with lab leadership, scientific staff, and sponsors
  • Write proposals and lead successful proposal teams, and work with the TID business office to ensure successful proposal submissions and funds acceptance.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • A Bachelors in physics, engineering or related fields plus ten years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience in the form of a Master's degree in physics, engineering or related field and eight year of progressively responsible experience in the following areas:
    • Leading large, complex projects or programs.
    • High performance analog/digital instrumentation design and implementation in the areas related to the AIR division expertise.
    • Identifying and developing new program areas and new funding sources beyond the DOE Office of Science including DOD, DHS, DARPA, NASA, NNSA, etc., and other national laboratories.
    • Identifying and developing new program areas and funding sources with commercial entities, foundations, and other sources.
    • Successfully writing and submitting proposals with documented acceptance ratio
    • In-depth technical knowledge in several of the AIR Division’s core capabilities in detector and instrumentation research and development.
  • Proven track-record finding and developing new sponsors/customers, projects, and programs.
  • Proven ability to brain-storm and develop technical solutions for the sponsors without having to rely completely on the technical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work effectively with a broad range of funding and oversight organizations and to interact effectively at the highest levels of leadership, both internally and externally.
  • Broad and diverse knowledge of current and emerging scientific and technology topics and national priorities related to SLAC’s mission with emphasis on detectors and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Ph.D. in physics or engineering or related fields and 5 years of relevant experience. 

SLAC manager competencies:

  • Results Through Others: Achieves expected results by effectively delegating and managing the work of others.
  • Aligns Priorities: Ensures planning and prioritization of resources and work efforts; ensures alignment of direct and matrix reports to support organizational goals and business plans.
  • Applies Lab Acumen: Maintains understanding of lab efforts and direction as well as current research and trends, considers technology and customer impacts, and contributes relevant, informed ideas to lab growth.
  • Navigates Complexity: Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making in complex situations; manages a multitude of information and circumstances to discern what is most important; takes appropriate action, even with conflicting data or in difficult situations.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals. 
  • Self-awareness: Seeks feedback from others and takes ownership of, and actions to address what is learned; recognizes impact on others and adjusts as needed; pursues continuous learning opportunities; implements a meaningful development plan.
  • Team Effectiveness: Effectively motivates team members and fosters a diverse and collaborative environment; leverages individual members’ strengths for overall team effectiveness; incorporates insights to improve team operations.
  • Purpose & Vision:  Articulates a clear vision of expected outcomes; inspires others to execute work plans and feel a sense of purpose and ownership for the mission.
  • Attracts & Develops Employee Talent: Plans for, attracts, and hires the right talent for current and future organizational needs; operates with a focus on growing internal talent through organizational and staff development; values and encourages continuous growth development through a blend of work experiences, coaching, and formal learning; aligns individual development with organizational needs and objectives.

Physical requirements and working conditions:

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Work standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.  Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:  
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.


For Clery Act Information click here:

Are you a returning applicant?

Previous Applicants:

If you do not remember your password click here.

New Search


Powered By Taleo