The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) is an internationally preeminent science facility, operated by Stanford University at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on behalf of the Department of Energy, Office of Science. This facility provides world-leading scientific capabilities to a global user community, covering a very broad research portfolio that includes the development of advanced materials and chemical catalysts for clean energy systems; drug discovery for modern pharmaceuticals; and fundamental studies of astrophysical phenomena.
We are seeking a candidate to fill the position of Lead Mechanical Engineer. The successful candidate will help drive a dynamic and exciting environment, leading the engineering development and operation of a broad array of scientific instruments that operate at the frontier of science.
Major upgrades to LCLS are currently underway, representing well over a billion dollars of investment. Over the next five years, LCLS will design and deliver a new suite of science instruments to transform this field, taking advantage of the orders-of-magnitude increase in X-ray beam power as the pulse repetition rate is increased from 120 pulses/second to 1 million/second. This drives the need for entirely new capabilities in X-ray optics, beam diagnostics, cryogenics, ultra-high vacuum assemblies, and precision opto-mechanical systems. In addition, a major multi-year project is underway to upgrade the LCLS facility with a Petawatt laser, enabling high peak power optical and x-ray photons to combine on target, providing world-leading capabilities in the field of fusion science.
The successful candidate will join the LCLS mechanical engineering team and lead the development of new X-ray and Laser science instruments, X-ray and optical beamline systems, and help lead the development of new operational capabilities for the LCLS facility.
Note: 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 may be required to be performed from home until full site access is restored.
Your specific responsibilities include:
- Provide mechanical engineering leadership for new initiatives that advance X-ray experimental capabilities through delivery of complex scientific instrumentation, X-ray and laser system opto-mechanical systems, experiment and beamline diagnostics, and target delivery systems.
- Provide mechanical engineering leadership for the integration and testing of systems and devices, working with staff scientists, fabrication facilities and personnel, and technicians.
- Responsible for the execution and delivery of technical scope, within budget and on schedule, with a high degree of quality assurance using standardized engineering processes.
- May function as a Cost Account Manager (CAM) in project management roles.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
- BS in Mechanical Engineering or related field and eight years of experience in the following areas:
- Leading engineering teams in the design, fabrication, assembly, and test of complex scientific instrumentation.
- Performing engineering calculations, numerical analysis, materials evaluation and applied design rules, to the fabrication and testing of new devices.
- Vibration and thermal isolation of precision X-ray and optical components.
- Multiple fabrication techniques and design tools for producing complex components and systems
- Preparing detailed mechanical drawings.
- Demonstrated skill with CAD
- Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a diverse team environment.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate in a team environment.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
- A Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and 3 years of relevant experience similar to those listed above, or a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
- Design of vibration and thermal isolation for complex mechanical systems.
- Experience in X-ray FEL, synchrotron, and/or laser system engineering.
- Creating complex 3D CAD model parts, assemblies & beamline layouts using Solid Edge.
- Experience with design, operation, and maintenance of UHV vacuum systems.
- Demonstrated skill with FEA tools (ANSYS) and Matlab.
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 common goals.
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 the job.
- 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:group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pd
- 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,