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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.



Electronics Engineering Associate

Job Requisition #: 3577
Classification Title: Science and Engineering Associate 1
Grade: I
# of openings: 1
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory seeks an Electronics Engineering Associate and Project Coordinator to join its Safety Systems Department within the Electronics Engineering Division (EED) of the Accelerator Directorate. Members of our team are responsible for the development, integration and operations of a variety of beam diagnostics, RF, Pulsed and DC power, Machine and Personnel Protection, Vacuum and Cryogenic Control Systems for all of SLAC’s particle accelerators. The Safety Systems Department designs, builds, programs, and maintains control systems for protection of personnel from prompt and residual accelerator radiation hazards, laser hazards, oxygen deficiency conditions, and other hazards to personnel.

In this position, you will support many of our industrial controls systems currently under development as well as the existing accelerators under the division’s responsibility. You will be strategically deployed to enhance the capabilities of teams within the Directorate and Lab-wide. This position reports to the Safety Systems Department Head within the Electronic Engineering Division.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Participate and support the engineering, design, build, installation, and maintenance of industrial controls systems and equipment, including PLCs. 
  • Modify, repair, and troubleshoot complex equipment and experimental systems.
  • Prepare and review drawings, material lists, requisitions, job orders, engineering change requests, and other documents associated with development, fabrication, assembly, installations, and testing.
  • Coordinate and work on scientific or engineering installations; plan and execute various phases of an operation, oversee equipment operations, and routine maintenance.
  • Maintain tools, equipment, and chemicals associated with experimental or engineering projects.
  • Maintain documentation related to research studies and protocols, and perform administrative duties related to equipment and systems associated with research or engineering projects, as assigned.
  • Liaise between researchers, students, technical staff, scientists, vendors, and other university staff; serve as a resource, providing training and practical guidance.
  • Provide guidance to technicians, operators, and others working in particular scientific or engineering function area.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Associate degree or certificate of completion in a related engineering or related scientific discipline, or three years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant experience in industrial control systems and process controls or factory automation and instrumentation.
  • Experience applying scientific and engineering principles and practices to perform technical services and support.
  • Ability to write clear documentation and perform administrative duties related to scientific/engineering projects.
  • Hands-on experience building, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting industrial controls including electrical wiring and programmable systems.
  • Experience with electrical installation tools and methods:  terminating cables, wiring electrical devices, electrical and instrumentation workmanship;
  • Experience with software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
  • Ability to interpret and determine validity of data and check own work.
  • Ability to communicate, liaise, and work with staff, students, faculty, and outside vendors.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Demonstrated ability reading and interpreting written procedures, schematics.
  • Experience with electrical safety procedures, LOTO, work release processes.
  • Basic knowledge of principles of fluid control (e.g. pneumatic, hydraulic) and process-flow systems, including reading P&ID diagrams.

SLAC employee competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • 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.

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 the job. May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

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.


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