Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-SLAC-EAXS [#10878]
Position Title: Experimental AMO X-ray Scientist (Dual Posting Associate/Staff Scientist)
Position Type:Government or industry
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Optoelectronics
Physics / +
molecular engineering (more...)
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/02/14, finished 2018/10/02, listed until 2019/01/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) facility at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory seeks an experimental X-ray scientist with a proven track record of internationally recognized scientific achievement in developing cutting edge X-ray/optical techniques, with a particular focus on Cold Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy (COLTRIMS). LCLS is one of the world’s premier research facilities, providing an internationally leading capability in the form of the world’s first hard X-ray free electron laser. LCLS operates as a user facility for a global community of scientists, providing ultra-short, ultra-bright pulses of X-rays to multiple experimental instruments focused on specific areas of science. A major upgrade project (LCLS-II) is currently underway that will further transform the soft X-ray capabilities of this facility – with particular impact in the field of atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) research.

This position will develop new science capabilities and related instrumentation for the LCLS facility, with a focus on AMO, COLTRIMS, and charged particle coincidence spectroscopy.  The incumbent will help define and lead the Early Science Program for LCLS-II in partnership with researchers at SLAC, Stanford University and the wider AMO community. They will define the R&D projects that fully exploit the new capabilities of the DREAM and LAMP instruments in the new Time-resolved Molecular and Optical science hutch (TMO) at LCLS, ensuring the facility remains at the forefront of international research in this area.

This position will be at the level of Associate Staff Scientist or Staff Scientist, and report to the Soft X-ray Department Head (SXR).


  • Define an appropriate development path for the DREAM and LAMP endstations for the major LCLS-II upgrade project currently underway.
  • Work with the current and potential future AMO user community to achieve the highest possible impact from the new TMO instrument, specifically within the Early Science campaigns for the instrument. 
  • Lead the full technical commissioning of the entire TMO experimental hutch.
  • Work with the LCLS-II & instrument development teams to define, develop and deploy new state-of-the-art capabilities for LCLS-II.
  • Provide experimental support to our user community to ensure successful use of LCLS beamtime
  • Participate in and work to further develop the LCLS in-house science, research and development program.

***Note***: This position is posted at the Associate Staff Scientist and Staff Scientist levels.  The Associate Staff Scientist position is the entry level in the Staff Scientist career path and is a 3 to 5-year fixed term research staff position. The second level of posting, Staff Scientist, is a regular continuing position.  The Associate position is scheduled to be assessed after the 3 to 5-year period with the possibility of appointment to the Staff Scientist level.  Appointment to the Staff Scientist level requires a review and evaluation of documented scientific achievements

**Applicants should include a cover letter, a statement of research including brief summary of accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of five-to-eight references for future letters of recommendation with the application.

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Education & Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Physics or related field, or equivalent research credentials and experience in relevant areas of ultrafast, optical, and X-ray science, COLTRIMS, and charged particle spectroscopy.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have demonstrated research record as evidenced by a publication record commensurate with level of work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research, collaborate closely with colleagues conducting research, and participate in the writing of scientific proposals to fund research.
  • Must have strong research and development background, particularly involving ultrafast, optical and X-ray science.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting complex user facility and/or R&D environment.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering research activities, including progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations to diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively conveying complex technical concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across organizations and manage/lead cross-functional efforts.
  • Well-established standing within the AMO science community is strongly desired.

         If hired at the Staff Scientist level, the following additional leadership and technical expertise are required.

  • Internationally recognized accomplishment leading R&D efforts, particularly involving ultrafast, optical and X-ray science.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and leading operations in a complex user facility and/or R&D environment.

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.

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,

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Contact: Mitchell Mark
Postal Mail:
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 11
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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