Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-SLAC-RAE [#10834]
Position Title: Research Associate Experimental (Tender X-Ray Spectroscopy)
Position Type:Government or industry
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Chemistry
Applied Physics
Accelerator Science
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/02/06, finished 2018/10/02, listed until 2019/01/03)
Position Description:    

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking a Research Associate for a joint appointment between the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). The successful candidate will play a lead role in designing and developing high-throughput high-resolution tender (2 to 5 keV) X-ray photon-out spectroscopy instrumentation. Exploit the synergies between SLAC’s two X-ray sources to develop tender X-ray spectroscopy capabilities and apply them to static, operando and time-resolved studies at SSRL and LCLS. Research interest in synchrotron and free electron laser x-ray techniques focused on tender x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) is required. The candidate will also have the opportunity to engage in and drive scientific research in the area of transition metal dichalcogenides, operando catalysis, and time-resolved photochemistry. The dissemination of scientific outcomes through peer reviewed publications, as well as presentations at meetings/conferences, is expected.,p>

*Note:* The position is initially a 1 year term with the possibility of renewal.

**If you are intereted, please apply at this link:;cws=1&rid=2888


  • Support the development and operation of SSRL/LCLS instrumentation by:
  • Performing research and development to expand the capabilities of LCLS and SSRL.
  • Participating in planning and performing forefront experiments in the area of transition metal dichalcogenides, operando catalysis, and time-resolved ultrafast X-ray science using the SSRL and LCLS.
  • Collaborating with other scientists, postdocs, students, engineers and technical staff to execute experiments.
  • Disseminating research results through peer reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Chemistry, or related field and some experience in spectroscopy. Strong background in synchrotron radiation techniques and instrumentation, with emphasis in hard or tender X-ray photon-out spectroscopy (XES, XRS, RIXS and XAS).
  • Develop, design and test new scientific instrumentation.
  • Record of scientific productivity through publications.
  • Strong analytical, experimental and computational skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.

SLAC 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, team 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,

**If you are intereted, please apply at this link:;cws=1&rid=2888

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2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 11
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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