Staff Scientist

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory   •  

Menlo Park, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 158 days ago

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a multipurpose laboratory for photon science, astrophysics, material science, accelerator and particle physics research.

The Advanced Instrumentation for Research Division of the Technology Innovation Directorate is seeking a Staff Scientist to work on advanced technologies for superconducting devices for astrophysics, particle physics, quantum computation, and photon science applications.

The individual will develop and lead innovative superconducting device development projects; conceptualization, proposal formulation, technical demonstration and refinement, towards the ultimate goal of innovative technology that can address scientific and industrial needs and provide solutions for challenging applications for Department of Energy (DOE )and other federal agencies.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a broad leadership role in areas including detector development, quantum computation, superconducting devices, and growing their own research program.  This position will report to the Head of the Sensors Department.

Specific Responsibilities (Including but are not limited to):

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead major projects in both overall direction and specific approaches to solving problems.
  • Identify and develop new technical capabilities within the Department.
  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications
  • Develop novel quantum devices in the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility on the Stanford University campus.
  • Participate in commissioning and utilizing a new superconducting and semiconducting detector production clean-room facility.
  • Conduct research in the physics of superconducting phenomena
  • Contribute to a team of scientists fabricating superconducting devices for particle physics and astrophysics and photon science applications.
  • Characterization of superconducting nanoscale and mesoscale systems
  • Contribute to development and fabrication of advanced interconnects
  • Contribute to development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor sensors and devices

Note: The Staff Scientist level is a regular-continuing position and requires a review and evaluation of documented scientific achievements.  Applicants should include a cover letter, a statement of research 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.


  • PhD in Physics or related field and at least 4 years of post-PhD experience in detector development, quantum computation and superconducting devices.
  • Knowledge of superconducting device physics and history of accomplishments in this area.
  • Demonstrated experience with superconducting thin film deposition, lithographic patterning, and fabrication techniques including: sputtering, evaporation, lithography, and etching.
  • Experience with the development and fabrication of Superconducting Devices.
  • Experience testing low-temperature devices and operation of cryogenic refrigerators.
  • Demonstrated experience formulating and writing successful technical proposals.
  • Demonstrated group leadership skill
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to direct technical support personnel.
  • Strong record of publication in major journals and talks at conferences.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully as part of a team in a collaborative and multidisciplinary scientific environment.   
  • Experience working in a national laboratory is desired.

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.