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LCLS – SRD Div. Director [Senior/ Distinguished Staff Scientist]

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Job Requisition #: 3370
Classification Title: Staff Scientist- Senior
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1

Position Summary


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 investigation of advanced materials and chemical catalysts for clean energy systems, drug discovery for modern pharmaceuticals, and fundamental studies of extreme states of matter.

This is a pivotal time for LCLS, and a rare opportunity to shape the scientific nature and direction of the facility. We are nearing completion of LCLS-II, representing more than a billion dollars of investment in a new accelerator complex that will increase the X-ray repetition rate and average power by almost 4 orders of magnitude. LCLS-II will transform our ability to observe electronic and molecular dynamics, with a new suite of end stations being designed to make optimum use of the new sources. A subsequent upgrade to enable the delivery of high energy X-rays (LCLS-II-HE) is also underway, opening up the study of rare, transient and heterogeneous systems with atomic resolution and femtosecond precision. 

LCLS is renowned for driving continual improvements in the capabilities of its X-ray source, instrumentation and associated technologies, coupled to deep engagement with our domestic and international user community to anticipate and meet their scientific needs in the short-term (via experimental delivery) and in the long-term (via prioritized facility development).

We are now seeking a scientific leader who can sustain and enhance these activities for the LCLS-II and LCLS-II-HE era and lead our Science, Research and Development (SRD) Division. Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for LCLS, the SRD Division Leader provides top-level leadership to our beamline scientists and associated technical areas, including detectors and sample delivery and functions as a member of the LCLS leadership team. This position will also serve as a senior scientist and define research frontiers and directions in the field of X-ray ultrafast science.


  • Provide scientific direction to the group of ~30 LCLS beamline scientists, to guide and develop their careers and maximize the scientific benefit provided to our experimental user program. Oversee all aspects of hiring, performance management and staff development.
  • Oversee and optimize the scientific role of LCLS in the design, planning, execution, analysis and publication of  experiments.
  • Working with the wider LCLS team and user community, identify prioritized research directions for LCLS that will deliver internationally leading results at a scale commensurate with the level of investment and ambition of our laboratory and sponsors. This includes the identification of facility developments, experimental campaigns, and the use of in-house beam time and research activities.
  • Plan, commission and exploit the identified developments, and establish appropriate mechanisms for oversight of optimized deployment, ongoing effectiveness and future improvement to meet the evolving LCLS needs.
  • Drive the continual development of in-house scientific excellence, innovation and adventure in our scientific and technical staff.
  • Foster a highly collaborative, positive, respectful and inclusive culture in all aspects of our work.
  • Arbitrate any proposed changes to the scope of planned or ongoing experiments to optimize scientific impact consistent with operational constraints and the decisions of our peer-review process.
  • Ensure the SRD team has the appropriate staff, skills, knowledge and abilities to deliver its mission both now and in the future – consistent with financial and operational constraints.
  • As part of the LCLS leadership team, and a senior member of SLAC, provide proactive strategic and operational solutions to deliver the wider LCLS/SLAC strategy.
  • Engage all parts of the LCLS user community, including our staff and the local SLAC/Stanford research teams, to solicit advice and active engagement in LCLS scientific objectives, operations and development.
  • Reach out to the wider research community to inform and expand the user base for LCLS to ensure long-term alignment to the nation’s most compelling scientific objectives.
  • Oversee a complete set of robust, fair and productive working practices and processes to achieve the mission of SRD, including delivery of scope consistent with the agreed budget and schedule.
  • Other duties as assigned by LCLS/SLAC management.

NoteThis position is a dual posting at the Senior or Distinguished Staff Scientist level. Where appropriate, consideration may be given to a faculty appointment via a separate parallel assessment process. Appointment at the Senior or Distinguished Staff Scientist level is a regular-continuing position and requires an achieved recognition of leadership internationally, as a result of original developments in field of expertise.

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. Potential applicants who wish to discuss the position in more detail may contact the LCLS Director, Prof Mike Dunne at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Education & Experience:

Ph.D. in a scientific field strongly related to LCLS science, with at least 10 years of post-Ph.D. professional experience including:

  • Extensive body of research, development, or applied work that is internationally acknowledged to have defined major advancements in research.
  • Substantial experience in delivering complex, multi-year technical projects.
  • Extensive experience leading and managing scientific and technical research groups.
  • Proven record of independent research including publications in major journals and conference presentations in x-ray science

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Define research frontiers and directions. Innovate, develop, and apply advanced technical principles, theories, concepts, and highly advanced technologies.
  • Proven ability to mentor junior staff and peers, with a strong focus on career development.
  • Work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Define, prioritize and deliver a complex portfolio of research programs.
  • Interpersonal skills that can secure the trust of a broad research community and manage any conflicts in a manner that reinforces our strong commitment to a respectful, inclusive and diverse workplace.
  • Successfully manage organizational and cultural change in a complex environment
  • Commitment to safety as an overarching priority.

SLAC Manager Competencies:

  • Team Effectiveness: Effectively motivates team members and fosters a diverse and collaborative team environment; leverages team members’ strengths for overall team effectiveness; incorporates insights to improve team operations.
  • Purpose & Vision: Articulates a clear vision of expected outcomes; inspires others to execute work plans and feel a sense of purpose and ownership for the mission.
  • Builds Trust: Earns trust and credibility from team members, peers and stakeholders; demonstrates SLAC values of respect and integrity.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve team, department/directorate and lab goals.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences; delivers clear and appropriate written and verbal communications; makes clear and impactful presentations to a variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Navigates Complexity: Manages a multitude of information and complex circumstances to discern what is most important; demonstrates effective problem-solving, decision-making, and takes appropriate action, even in difficult situations or with conflicting data.
  • Results through Others: Achieves expected results by effectively delegating and managing the work of others.
  • Aligns Priorities: Ensures planning and prioritization of resources and work efforts; ensures alignment of direct and matrix reports to support organizational goals and business plans.
  • Applies Lab Acumen: Maintains understanding of lab efforts and direction as well as current research and trends, considers technology and customer impacts, and contributes relevant, informed ideas to lab growth.
  • Self-Awareness: Seeks feedback from others and takes ownership of, and actions to address what is learned; recognizes impact on others and adjusts as needed; pursues continuous learning opportunities; implements a meaningful development plan.


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.


May work extended hours depending on operational or research needs.


  • 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.



College of Letters and Science

Department of Physics                                                                                   

Marius Schmidt                                                                                      


Research Associate Position

September 25, 2018


The Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) seeks an outstanding candidate for a post-doctoral position in the group of Prof. Marius Schmidt to begin as soon as possible. The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary team at the UWM that aims to solve important biological questions using ultra-brilliant, pulsed X-ray sources such as newest generation synchrotron light sources and the expanding global network of free-electron X-ray laser facilities (XFELs, see e.g. Tenboer et al., 2014, Science; Pande et al. 2016, Science; Olmos et al., 2018, BMC-Biology). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be productive with significant national and international recognition, collaborate with the team of UWM faculty supported by the BioXFEL National Science Foundation (NFS)-Science and Technology Center (STC), and work collaboratively in the STC - a consortium of eight universities across the U.S. including University of Buffalo, Arizona State, Cornell, Stanford, UCSF, Rice, Miami of Ohio, and UWM. Beamtime opportunities at the LCLS and other XFELs (European XFEL, SwissFEL, SACLA) are available within the group and within the BioXFEL STC network. This is a unique opportunity to enter this highly innovative field of research. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: time-resolved crystallography, molecular biology, biophysics, time-resolved optical spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and imaging, and enzymology. UWM is in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, at Lake Michigan, close to the Chicago greater area. Minimum Qualifications: • Doctorate in (Bio)Physics, Biology, (Bio)Chemistry or a related field. • A demonstrated record of research accomplishments (papers). • Willingness to travel to synchrotrons and free electron X-ray lasers in the US, Europe and Japan to collect data. • Familiarity with use of computers, and basic programming skills are required.

Please also check https://uwm.edu/physics/people/schmidt-marius/ and http://people.uwm.edu/smarius/.

Interested candidates contact, by phone or email: Marius Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Physics Department, Milwaukee, Wi53211, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone +1-414-229-4338.




Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (JOB# 12677) Department of Physics, Arizona State University

The Department of Physics at the Arizona State University (https://physics.asu.edu/) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in experimental ultrafast optical and x-ray physics with an anticipated start date of August 2019. While the appointment is primarily slated at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, candidates for Full Professor will be considered.

ASU has recently invested in the development of a Compact X-ray Free-Electron Laser (CXFEL) facility consisting of state-of-the-art laser, x-ray, and electron accelerator laboratories in the Biodesign Institute. This facility will be at the heart of a major ultrafast science research efforts spanning biochemistry, physics, and materials applications. We are seeking to grow a vibrant group of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers that take advantage of the CXFEL facility and contribute to its mission through complementary research efforts. We are particularly interested in applicants who will develop cutting-edge methods meshing ultrafast laser and x-ray techniques that can be applied to probe novel phenomena in molecules and materials. We encourage applications from researchers who can complement and collaborate with one or more existing groups in biophysics, biochemistry, quantum materials, electronic structure, magnetic materials, new energy materials and low-dimensional materials, and partners at national laboratories to pursue an independent research program.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program, contribute to development of novel optical, accelerator, and x-ray instruments, engage students through research and effective teaching, participate in service to the university and the profession, and build productive relationships with faculty across the ASU campus and beyond.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate or equivalent in physics, chemistry or a closely related applied/engineering discipline by start of appointment; strong experience in ultrafast science, demonstrated ability to establish an independent, externally-funded research program; potential for leadership in their subfield; and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching.

Desired qualifications include: a strong record of research accomplishments; evidence of successful postdoctoral experience; experience with high peak and average power lasers, a research focus in ultrafast x-ray science; teaching experience, and capability to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

To apply, please submit the following materials within a single PDF document to http://physics.asu.edu/employment.php: (1) a cover letter that includes contact information (including email addresses) for three references; (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record; (3) an outline of future research plans (not to exceed four pages); and (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (one page).

The initial deadline for review of complete applications is December 31, 2018; if not filled, review of complete applications will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/