Computer Scientist

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Position Overview:

SLAC is seeking a computer scientist to formulate and carry out world-class computer science research in areas of relevance to SLAC, including but not limited to systems software for exascale computing (data management, programming models, operating and runtime systems, distributed systems, system architecture and storage) and data analytics (algorithms and tools for machine learning and very large scale data analysis).  The Scientist will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and faculty, specifically collaborating with members of the computer science research group, other SLAC scientists and faculty and students in Stanford’s Computer Science Department as well as other departments in the School of Engineering.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research in runtime systems, compilers and related tools for heterogeneous supercomputers
  • Working with application and data scientists to understand the software development challenges of exascale computing and demonstrate solutions
  • Publication of results in peer-reviewed conferences
  • Development and release of software artifacts relevant to the research

Note: The Associate Scientist is a 3 to 5 year fixed term research staff position.  The next-higher level of the scientist career path, Staff Scientist, is a regular continuing position.  The Associate position is scheduled to be assessed after the 3 to 5 year period, or sooner if warranted for particularly qualified staff members, with the possibility of appointment to the Staff Scientist level.  Appointment to the Staff Scientist level requires a review and evaluation of documented scientific achievement.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research, collaborate closely with colleagues conducting research, and participate in the writing of scientific proposals to fund research.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.

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.

Physical requirements and working conditions:

  • 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 the job.

Work Standards:

  • 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,

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