Research Associate [Materials Studies/Computational Science]

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory   •  

Menlo Park, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


Not Specified years

Posted 39 days ago


The Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES), a joint institute of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), a user facility at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, are seeking a Research Associate with a strong background in materials or ultrafast science and a research interest in thestudy of fluctuations in quantum materials, mainly through the use of coherent x-ray methods. Research projects will primarily focus on computational aspects of materials studies and will involve experimental work at the LCLS-II facility, currently under construction, and could also involve travel for experiments at other X-ray Free Electron Laser facilities.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan and execute experiments in the study of fluctuations in quantum materials.
  • Develop analytical pipelines and frameworks for analyzing large volumes of scientific data for LCLS-II.
  • Develop and implement computational methods, and then use them to analyze data in the specific field of unconventional superconductivity.
  • Spearhead a collaboration between SLAC in Menlo Park, CA and the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) in Berkeley, CA.
  • Develop new software tools at next-generation X-ray Free Electron Laser sources and conduct optimization of data analytics code on exascale supercomputers (50 to 100 times faster than the fastest supercomputers available today).

Note: The Research Associate role is a fixed term staff position. This is a 2 year fixed term position with the possibility of extension. Assignment duration is contingent upon project needs and funding.

Applicants must provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting the position. Applicants should also include a cover letter, a statement of research area including brief summary of accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of three references for future letters of recommendation with the application.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Ph.D. in physics, mathematics, materials sciences, or computer science and demonstrated coursework and research experience in material systems.
  • Demonstrated research experience as evidenced by a publication record.
  • Strong programming skills or a desire to learn programming skills.
  • Experience in materials studies and computational methods.
  • A solid foundation and research background in quantum materials or ultrafast science.
  • Effective written and verbal communications skills and the ability to synthesize complex technical and scientific information.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • X-ray/neutron scattering, or particle physics experience preferred.
  • Research experience in quantum materials.

Candidates will provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting the position.

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. May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

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:
  • 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,