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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.



Research Associate - Experimental

Job Requisition #: 3060
Classification Title: Research Associate - Experimental
Grade: NA
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1



Research Associate in X-ray Microscopy for Additive Manufacturing

The Applied Energy Program (AEP), a division in the Science Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, seeks a Research Associate with interest and experience in X-ray microscopy. This position is split with approximately half time X-ray microscopy development and half time supporting Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) microscopy and imaging users. The development fraction will involve the development and implementation of rapid, projection-based X-ray microscopy during additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals to capture the solidification process of the melt pool after laser melting. The position is part of a collaboration between Ames Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and SLAC. The second half of this position would include user support at SSRL, primarily on the transmission X-ray microscope at beamline 6-2 and the micron-tomography system which is typically on beamline 2-2.

A goal of this position will be to utilize rapid, in-situ X-ray imaging during the additive manufacturing process to understand the underlying physics linking processing parameters to the quality of the printed part in both multilayer powder bed builds and a directed energy (powder feed) builds.


  • Ph.D. in physics, materials sciences, metallurgy, or related fields.
  • Experience in microscopy; X-ray microscopy preferred. Excellent candidates with other X-ray characterization experience may be considered.
  • A solid background in characterization and experience with instrumentation design and development, computer-instrument interfacing, data analysis and acquisition methodologies
  • Willingness to learn and bridge knowledge/experience gaps.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong analytical and computation skills.

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. 


* - 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.


  • 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:
  • 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,

This is a one-year appointment beginning in the winter/spring of 2018, with the possibility of an extension to a second year.


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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