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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.



Electronics Engineer

Job Requisition #: 2586
Classification Title: Engineer-Electronic
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1



The Electronics Engineering Division (EED) within the Accelerator Directorate (AD) is responsible for the development, integration and operations of a variety of beam diagnostics, RF, Pulsed and DC power, Machine and personnel protection, Vacuum and Cryogenic Control Systems.

The EED requires a talented Electronics Engineer with a broad range of experience to help with many of the systems currently under development as well as the existing accelerators under the division’s responsibility. The successful candidate will bring to the division a diversity of skills relevant to electronics engineering and integration and be strategically deployed to enhance the capabilities of teams within the Directorate and Lab-wide.


  • Contribute to Rapid Response Teams by identifying and quickly resolving a diversity of technical issues that may arise within the Accelerator Directorate and in particular EED.
  • Participate in the development and operations of high performance electronic systems as well as industrial controllers.
  • Development of EPICS interfaces, IOCs and control panels as required for test and integration.
  • Contribute to the development of FPGA or PLC based systems as necessary.

Note: This is a 24 months fixed term position with the possibility of extension or conversion to a regular- continuing position.


Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field plus a minimum of 3 years relevant experience in the development and deployment of electronic systems for particle accelerators or detectors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience developing FPGA applications in Verilog or VHDL (preferably both
  • EPICS interfaces development for custom hardware (device support development and IOC configuration).
  • Ability to integrate systems, end-to-end, in a scientific facility.
  • Experience working in a team of engineers and technicians.
  • Strong analytical skills as applied to solving engineering problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in a culturally diverse organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in PLC based industrial control systems as applied to machine protection, cryogenics and vacuum systems.

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. 


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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