Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers (BioXFEL) is a Science and Technology Center established by the National Science Foundation in 2013. Composed of eight U.S. research universities and aimed at addressing the fundamental questions in biology at the molecular level. Using a pulsed hard X-ray laser, our researchers can capture biological molecules in atomic detail, view their functional motions by taking brief snapshots, and observe interactions in their native environment. This opens up a new world to biology, to science, and to human health.
X-ray lasers provide snapshots of unprecedented clarity depicting the building blocks of life. The motions and arrangements of these blocks underlie all biological function.
The BioXFEL Center benefits from the research performed at several major universities and laboratories. Here you'll find the descriptions of the laboratories affiliated with the Center.
Our expert team of external advisors routinely assesses the progress BioXFEL is making towards our mission and goals and advises the BioXFEL leadership with suggestions for ensuring our success. Meet our advisors below.
Positions posted based on availability.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.
Associate Staff Scientist/Laboratory Services Manager [Arrillaga Science Center Biological Lab]
|Job Requisition #:||3149|
|Classification Title:||Staff Scientist- Associate|
|Location:||Menlo Park, CA (HQ)|
|# of openings:||1|
The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, seeks a laboratory manager to support laboratory activities in both our newly established Arrillaga Science Center Biological Laboratory and our existing x-ray science user facility, and to carry out independent scientific research. This position reports to the LCLS Hard X-Ray Department manager and is matrixed to the LCLS Environment, Safety and Health Program Manager.
Laboratory Services Management Duties:
- Work closely with internal LCLS groups to support and facilitate both the Arrillaga Science Center, Bioscience Laboratories and LCLS User Facility Sample Preparation Laboratories used by visiting and internal scientists (users), in activities that range from biophysics to biology, including inorganic, environmental and physical chemistry, helping them achieve their scientific goals.
- Provide laboratory and equipment scheduling and training, and introduce visiting and internal scientists to the Sample Preparation Laboratory policies, procedures, and resources, including laboratory access, assignment of space, chemical handling protocols, hazardous waste protocols and general instrumentation.
- Train new users on sample preparation and characterization methodology.
- Ensure adherence to applicable laboratory and research safety and operation policies, and will have authority to halt user activities.
- Assist with chemical safety review processes, maintain training records, chemical inventory, and equipment inventory databases, specialized lab equipment (i.e. water purification systems, inert atmosphere chambers, centrifuges, and spectrophotometers), chemicals, supplies, and beam line safety stations.
- Negotiate and monitor equipment service contracts and warranties with vendors.
- Determine equipment needs, authorize purchase of equipment, and oversee installation of equipment and instruments in collaboration with facilities services staff.
- Direct and coordinate preventative maintenance and repair of all equipment; determine proper method of repair.
- Oversee layout, allocation, and tracking of space among multiple labs; manage logistics of laboratory moves; implement plans for renovations of equipment and or/facilities in collaboration with facilities services staff.
- Administer and prepare budgets that include several funding sources.
- Administer health and safety programs and ensure safety compliance; act as resource on safety procedures; provide instruction on routine basis; liaise with school and/or university health and safety office as appropriate.
- Responsible managing the procurement of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies, and services from outside vendors. Assist visiting and internal scientists in chemical ordering processes.
- Work without supervision on evenings and weekends.
LCLS Facility Support Objectives:
- Provide direct support LCLS user experiments in sample preparation, handling and delivery at the LCLS beamlines.
- Work with LCLS scientists to assist in-house and external users with the planning and execution of LCLS experiments.
- Oversee experimental preparation and participate in experimental beamtime.
- Participate in projects to improve the capabilities and efficient operations laboratory and research facilities.
- Carry out basic research in sample preparation methods with an emphasis on structural biology techniques.
- Develop new research approaches to sample production, characterization, handling, and delivery for LCLS measurements
- Participate in scientific collaborations to develop ideas and capabilities Write proposals and publish original scientific research.
- Disseminate research results though peer reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
Note: The Associate Staff Scientist position is the entry level in the Staff Scientist career path. The Associate Staff Scientist is a 3 to 5 year fixed term research staff position. The second level of this career path, Staff Scientist is a regular continuing position. The Associate position is scheduled to be assessed after the 3 to 5 year period with the possibility of appointment to the Staff Scientist level. Appointment to the Staff Scientist level 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.
Education & Experience:
- PhD in biology, chemistry, or related field and minimum 2 years’ experience in experimental structural biology and laboratory services management including:
- Research work in experimental structural biology and sample preparation techniques, especially using X-ray sources.
- Demonstrated record of scientific productivity through publications.
- Overseeing the operation and management of a laboratory or teaching facility
- Performing and or supporting collaborative research at a user facility
- Operating in a collaborative research environment.
- Developing laboratory policies and procedures
- DOE funded national lab or user facility operations and research environment is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Understanding of academic research facility needs.
- General background in a discipline related to the work of specific lab(s).
- Demonstrated mentoring and teaching skills
- Demonstrated experience managing multiple budgets.
- Knowledge and experience in managing facilities, operations, maintenance, space, and equipment administration in a research or teaching setting.
- Excellent communication and customer services skills.
- Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects in a complex and technical environment.
- Familiarity with health and safety compliance regulations.
- Ability to work independently and to collaborate in a research and development team.
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, team collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.
- Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
- Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
- Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
- Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
- Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
- Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
* - 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 at times be required to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards include, but are not limited to, chemicals, pesticides, and solvents, allergens, blood borne pathogens.
- May require work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
- May be exposed to radiation or electromagnetic fields.
- 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.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.
Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.
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