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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.



Material Handler (Material Services Technician I) Bargaining Unit)

Job Requisition #: 2665
Classification Title: Material Services Technician I
Grade: A28
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory seeks a Material Services Technician for its Accelerator Directorate Technical Planning Department.  The successful candidate will support the Linac Coherent Light Source-II (LCLS-II) project in providing production and inventory control during the manufacturing process and kitting for field installation.  This position reports administratively to the Technical Planning Department Head in the Accelerator Directorate of SLAC. Employees in this classification work under general supervision to provide material services to the manufacturing groups; perform basic routine work with limited independence.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Move parts, assemblies, and materials through the various production shops as defined by a work traveler (or other document). Enter each transaction into manufacturing software.
  • Perform shipping and receiving activities. Enter transactions into manufacturing software or other appropriate database. Track shipping dates/delivery dates and keep customers/shops informed. Inspect and verify items upon receipt and deliver to appropriate storeroom, customer, or other location. Where appropriate, prepare parts and materials for incorporation into storeroom (divide, count, bag and tag). Maintain records and ensure proper disposition of procurement paperwork, including certificates required for raw materials.
  • Prepare “kits” from drawing “bill of materials” for manufacturing and installation activities.
  • Review completed production work order travelers for in-production changes, scan paperwork and place electronic versions into electronic archives. Send redlined drawings to design group.
  • Drive off-site to pick up materials and supplies. Deliver and pickup items for off-site processing or manufacturing.
  • Assist team in evaluating and improving processes. Monitor ordering frequency to ensure efficiency.

Note: This is a two-year fixed-term position. 


  • Minimum High School Diploma with some college courses and 4 years of experience in manufacturing warehouse environment.
  • Must be able to perform basic math.
  • Must be able to work independently and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Have knowledge and experience in warehouse and inventory methods and procedures.
  • Must be able to move materials of various sizes and configurations, which will require operation of pallet jacks, motorized pallet movers, forklift, and cranes.
  • Must be accurate and have the ability to pay attention to details.
  • Requires basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Word and Excel.  Must be able to utilize manufacturing software after being provided basic training.
  • Must have a valid California state driver’s license.
  • Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision. 
  • Must be able to work productively with other technicians, engineers, designers, fabricators, and procurement personnel within and outside of the department.

SLAC 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.


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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