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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.

 

 


Research Associate Theoretical - Beam and FEL Physics

Job Requisition #: 3596
Classification Title: Research Associate -Theoretical
Grade: NA
# of openings: 1
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)

Description

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Accelerator Research Division seeks a Research Associates with a background and research focus in beam physics. SLAC is one of the world’s premier accelerator research laboratories.  The research associates will primarily work on a range of research topics involving fundamental accelerator physics, including coherent synchrotron radiation and low emittance storage rings. The successful candidate is also expected to work on diverse accelerator projects, including the world’s first hard x-ray free electron laser (LCLS), superconducting upgrade (LCLS-II) and electron ion colliders (EIC).

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop a robust code for simulation of three-dimensional coherent synchrotron radiation.
  • Modeling of operating accelerators and Improve machine performance and reliability.
  • Advance knowledge of Beam and FEL physics.

Note: This is a two-year fixed term position with the possibility of extension. Research Associates are engaged with the design, support, operation and/or scientific exploitation of the major programs of the laboratory, under the guidance of their faculty or Senior Staff Scientist / Distinguished Staff Scientist supervisor. They are expected to work with a significant degree of independence on one or more specific tasks in support of the research program, frequently interacting with the laboratory’s scientific community.

Applicants must provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting the position. Applicants should also include a cover letter, a statement of research area including brief summary of accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of three references for future letters of recommendation with the application.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • A Ph.D. in Accelerator Physics, High Energy Physics or related field with demonstrated coursework and research experience in the area of accelerator physics, or Beam and FEL Physics.  A desire to expand research portfolio is strongly encouraged.
  • Demonstrated research experience as evidenced by a publication record.
  • Ability to carry out independent research.
  • Strong analytical and computational skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to synthesize complex technical and scientific information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists across multiple institutions.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Experience with the theory of beam dynamics.
  • Experience developing scientific GUIs
  • Demonstrated programing skills. 
  • Work experience in a DOE funded national lab research environment.
  • Experience with scientific user facility operations.

Candidates must provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting the position. Candidates will be evaluated on research experience and accomplishments in their field of expertise.

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 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: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pdf  
  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

  


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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