Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-SLAC-RAX [#10930]
Position Title: Research Associate in X-ray Microscopy for Additive Manufacturing
Position Type:Government or industry
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics
Materials Science
Appl Deadline: (posted 2018/02/28, listed until 2019/01/01)
Position Description:    

The Applied Energy Program (AEP), a division in the Science Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, seeks a Research Associate with interest and experience in X-ray microscopy. This position is split with approximately half time X-ray microscopy development and half time supporting Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) microscopy and imaging users. The development fraction will involve the development and implementation of rapid, projection-based X-ray microscopy during additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals to capture the solidification process of the melt pool after laser melting. The position is part of a collaboration between Ames Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and SLAC. The second half of this position would include user support at SSRL, primarily on the transmission X-ray microscope at beamline 6-2 and the micron-tomography system which is typically on beamline 2-2. A goal of this position will be to utilize rapid, in-situ X-ray imaging during the additive manufacturing process to understand the underlying physics linking processing parameters to the quality of the printed part in both multilayer powder bed builds and a directed energy (powder feed) builds.

***NOTE:***This is a one-year appointment beginning in the winter/spring of 2018, with the possibility of an extension to a second year. Applicants should include a current CV and a brief statement of research interest.

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  • Ph.D. in physics, materials sciences, metallurgy, or related fields. Experience in microscopy; X-ray microscopy preferred. Excellent candidates with other X-ray characterization experience may be considered.
  • A solid background in characterization and experience with instrumentation design and development, computer-instrument interfacing, data analysis and acquisition methodologies
  • Willingness to learn and bridge knowledge/experience gaps.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communications skills.Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong analytical and computation skills.

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, team collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals. 

Physical Requirement:

  • 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,

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