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.


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:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

SLAC Manager Competencies:


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.