Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Fundamental Physics Directorate

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-Fundamental Physics Directorate-RAATLAS12 [#25249]
Position Title: Research Associate-Experimental (ATLAS)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: High Energy Physics
Salary Range:The anticipated salary range for this position is $70-90k, based on experience and the SLAC salary structure.
Appl Deadline:2023/10/15 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2023/08/02, listed until 2024/01/01)
Position Description:    

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The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) is seeking a postdoctoral experimental Research Associate to work on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

Note: the SLAC ATLAS group is performing two concurrent postdoc searches. It will be assumed that applications submitted to either post can be shared between the two searches, unless another preference is indicated by the applicant.

The SLAC ATLAS group consists of approximately 20 people, 3 of whom are currently based at CERN. Information on the SLAC ATLAS group can be found on our web page

The SLAC group is actively engaged in a variety of exciting experimental areas in high energy collider physics, with current activities and developing interests including:

  • ATLAS physics analysis, including searches for BSM phenomena and Higgs boson studies;
  • Machine learning applications in analysis, simulation, reconstruction, and trigger;
  • Reconstruction & combined performance, including b-tagging, tracking, jets;
  • High Luminosity upgrade physics & detector, including the Inner Tracker (ITk);
  • Detector R&D, including targeted studies for experiments at future colliders.

The successful candidate will be based at SLAC, and will contribute to physics analysis and detector instrumentation, along with the application of machine learning to these areas, while demonstrating alignment with the SLAC mission and values ( The position is initially a two-year term with the possibility of renewal.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Take leadership in ATLAS physics analyses, namely in the areas of BSM searches for unusual topologies;
  • Drive studies on machine learning methods and applications;
  • Participate in the development of detector instrumentation;
  • Work in teams with a variety of collaborators.


These are highly competitive positions as part of the general research associate program at SLAC, requiring a background of demonstrated excellence in research.

  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field, or should expect to receive their Ph.D. by the time the appointment begins.
  • Background in detector instrumentation and hardware is preferable.
  • Experience with physics research utilizing machine learning is also highly beneficial.


The review of application materials will begin October 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. The successful candidate will ideally start in spring 2024.

For further information, please see, or contact Dr. Julia Gonski (

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the laboratory’s mission. The anticipated salary range for this position is $70-90k, based on experience and the SLAC salary structure. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and proof of vaccination or exemption prior to employment.

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:
email address
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 95
Menlo Park, CA 94025