Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Fundamental Physics Directorate

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-Fundamental Physics Directorate-RTMFPD [#18303]
Position Title: Research Technical Manager 1
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Area: High Energy Physics / Neutrino physics and Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2021/04/22 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2021/03/13, finished 2021/10/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Fundamental Physics Directorate (FPD) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) is seeking a Research Technical Manager.

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), the flagship US high-energy physics program, will include in its near detector complex ND-LAr, a liquid argon time projector (LArTPC) detector system that is based on a novel modular design with 35 LArTPC modules. As part of the ongoing development program, a large-scale prototype system will be deployed at FNAL, while the Full-Scale Demonstrator (FSD) will integrate and operate the first full-sized prototype module at SLAC. SLAC is also responsible for the design and construction of the ND-LAr electric field delivery system and software development for the analysis of data from ND-LAr and its prototype detectors.

This Research Technical Manager will bring significant expertise and experience in the design and operation of LArTPCs to manage and coordinate components of SLAC’s contributions and activities on the ND-LAr effort. In addition to SLAC scientific, technical, and engineering staff, they will coordinate with the DUNE collaboration and the DUNE-US project towards the successful delivery of these components.

Note: This is a 3 year fixed term position with the possibility of extension or conversion to a regular continuing appointment. Assignment duration is contingent upon project needs and funding.

SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University and based in Menlo Park, CA. Due to COVID-19-related curtailment of on-site activities, the job duties for this position will be required to be performed from home until full site access is restored.


Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide management and coordination of administrative and operations related functions for assigned research area(s) engaged in developing, advancing and applying science, engineering and technical research to innovate and deliver solutions in support of organizational goals. Manage staff at least 50% of the time to achieve the research and teaching mission, goals and objectives of the unit. Partner with faculty leadership on departmental affairs.
  • Provide strategic planning for own work group; participate with senior managers in higher level strategic planning. Communicate operational objectives and assignments and delegate to staff.
  • Monitor scientific, engineering and/or technology trends and evaluate emerging technologies to recommend for adoption and implementation.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and preferably postgraduate degree in experimental particle physics and five years of relevant experience in the design and operation of liquid argon time projection chambers.
  • Experience leading or overseeing the work of technical staff.
  • Understanding of relevant scientific, engineering, or technical disciplines.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate technical and scientific methodologies, specifications, and information.
  • Experience leading scientific, engineering, or technical research projects or programs.  Knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
  • Strong customer relationship and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to influence and establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  •  Ability to resolve issues quickly and make decisions that meet university objectives in a collaborative culture.

How to Apply:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  1. Cover Letter 
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Publication List
  4. Research Statement
  5. Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site)

Applications must be received by April 1, 2021 to ensure full consideration. Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Hirohisa Tanaka (

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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 94
Menlo Park, CA 94025