Computer Scientist

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory   •  

Menlo Park, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


Not Specified years

Posted 40 days ago


In conjunction with Stanford's School of Engineering, SLAC is forming a computer science research group to help address these next-generation computing challenges. SLAC is seeking scientists to formulate and carry out world-class computer science research in areas of relevance to SLAC, including but not limited to systems software for exascale computing (data management, programming models, operating and runtime systems, distributed systems, system architecture and storage) and data analytics (algorithms and tools for machine learning and very large scale data analysis). The Scientist will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and faculty, specifically collaborating with members of the computer science research group, other SLAC scientists and faculty and students in Stanford's Computer Science Department as well as other departments in the School of Engineering.

Note: The Staff and Senior Staff Scientist levels are regular-continuing positions at SLAC. Applicants will be evaluated on research experience and accomplishments in field of expertise. Appointment at the Senior Staff Scientist level requires an achieved recognition of leadership nationally and/or internationally as a result oforiginal developments in field of expertise.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated research ability.
  • 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 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 common goals.

Physical and Working Requirements*:

  • Perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequent movement as needed and the ability to meet with, communicate and speak with colleagues.
  • Light lifting and the ability to move and organize as needed.
  • Occasional work during evening hours and weekends.

* 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.

To Apply:

Applicants should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of four references who are qualified to evaluate the applicant's research and professional potential with the application. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a brief description of their plans and ambitions for the future and how those plans might be realized in the present and future SLAC settings. Applications, preferably via the link below, will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, teaching and clinical missions.


  • 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,