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Research Associate - Experimental
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California
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Date Posted October 21, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking a Research Associate - Experimental to join the High Energy Density Science division. The division conducts research to determine the physical properties of matter in extreme conditions spanning areas of high-pressure material science, fusion plasmas to laboratory astrophysics. The successful candidate will investigate fusion-relevant materials in the high-pressure regime which requires the ability to field ultrafast and target diagnostics. The successful candidate will conduct experimental research in high energy density science and will perform x-ray and electron diffraction experiments using LCLS, synchrotrons, and high-power lasers to determine the properties of matter at high pressures.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop new experimental techniques that employ diamond anvil cells to support a research program using spectrally, wavenumber and temporally resolved x-ray scattering at SLAC’s x-ray and laser facilities, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), and the Matter at Extreme Conditions (MEC) end station.

  • Perform research and experimental work focused on measuring the properties of warm dense matter and materials at high pressures.

  • Other duties may also be assigned.

Note: The position is a 2-year fixed term with the possibility of renewal

To be successful in this position you will bring:
  • PhD in Physics, Applied Physics or related field with demonstrated coursework or research experience including:

    • Extensive knowledge in laboratory astrophysics and shock waves.

    • Knowledge of high-energy x-ray characterization

    • Demonstrated record of scientific productivity through publications and presentations.

    • Ability to carry out independent research.

    • Strong analytical and computational skills.

  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team 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.

Physical requirements and Working conditions:

  • 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: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pdf

  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu

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