|SLAC is seeking a director for the RF Accelerator Research (RFAR) Division in the Technology Innovation Directorate (TID). The division director will provide leadership, strategic vision, program development, and management support to the Division’s projects and programs, and drive growth in the division’s core technical capabilities, programs, and infrastructure. The RFAR Division comprises SLAC’s integrated capability in RF accelerator technology, with expertise in pulsed power, power electronics, microwave engineering, vacuum electronics, RF source and RF accelerator technologies, RF materials, and advanced manufacturing. The Division’s capabilities span concept innovation through engineering, design, fabrication, testing, and facility operations. The Division is recognized world-wide for quality and innovation in RF accelerator and RF/microwave/mm-wave source research and technology development, from MHz to THz frequencies. These capabilities represent a key part of SLAC’s core competency in high power RF accelerators. The division director reports to the Associate Laboratory Director of the Technology Innovation Directorate and functions as a part of the TID leadership team.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a Dept. of Energy multi-program laboratory for photon science, particle physics and astrophysics, material science, biomedicine, accelerator research, and accelerator technology development. The RFAR Division provides high-performance RF accelerator components and systems that enable these areas of scientific research and also enable emerging applications with high impact to the Nation. The RFAR mission is to develop next‐generation particle accelerator systems (structures, sources and auxiliary components) that will dramatically increase acceleration gradients, increase system efficiency, and decrease system cost, thereby opening the doors to not only the next generation of discovery science tools, but also to new applications in many areas of science and technology such as medicine, national security, advanced communications, and others. The successful candidate will significantly grow TID-RFAR programs, the funding portfolio, the technical and scientific capabilities, and the multi-program mission space consistent with the TID and SLAC strategic vision. Primary emphasis is on project execution and the development of new R&D projects and programs beyond SLAC’s current government and commercial sponsors. New opportunities to enhance SLAC’s core competency in RF accelerator technology will come through identifying and developing new applications of accelerator and RF technologies that require paradigm-changing research and development, leaps in system performance for existing applications, advanced manufacturing approaches, and the develop of new classes of RF materials.
Your responsibilities include:
- Provide visionary leadership consistent with the SLAC & TID missions, enhance SLAC’s core capability in RF accelerators, and meet the challenge of improving management and operations.
- Formulate and articulate the strategic direction for the division and work closely with the Directorate leadership team to define and achieve common goals, including growth of the division budget by 10-20% per year.
- Create an intellectual and workplace environment that promotes scientific and operational excellence and that attracts and retains the highest caliber scientific staff.
- Understand in detail the division’s technical capabilities and how they can be applied to challenging problems of national importance.
- Identify program development opportunities matching the divisions expertise: Challenging problems and sponsor interests that require the resources on the scale of a national laboratory to develop science-based solutions or commercially viable technologies.
- Develop a diverse set of relationships and funding channels with other federal agencies (including DOD, DHS, DARPA, NASA, NNSA, etc.), other national laboratories, and other sources that tackle major technical challenges ranging from discovery science to healthcare to national security, and build a strong multi-program portfolio of sponsored research projects.
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with lab leadership, scientific staff, and sponsors.
- Manage the division consistent with SLAC and Stanford University’s policies and procedures.
- Ensure a diverse and respectful work environment culture.
- Lead successful proposal teams, and work with the TID business office to ensure successful proposal submissions and funds acceptance.
- Direct a multi-departmental organization consisting of managers, researchers, scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, unique manufacturing facilities and high power microwave and accelerator test facilities.
- Manage the division’s budget and personnel resources to ensure timely project execution and achievement of program development goals
- Interact with other SLAC directorates to plan and implement short and long-range programs to provide R&D and operations support to the SLAC core programs.
- Ensure the excellence of the RFAR advanced prototyping capability and the quality and timely fabrication of accelerator structures, klystrons, and other RF sources and components for SLAC User Facilities and sponsored research projects.
- Oversee ES&H functions within the division and set a high standard for work safety and practices including identifying and mitigating hazards associated with a mix of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, extremely high voltage and hoisting and rigging.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
- Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Physics or Engineering plus 10 years of relevant experience with working knowledge of high power electrodynamics and applications including power electronics, microwave vacuum electronics development, and high power accelerators.
- Demonstrated experience managing large, complex projects/teams from conceptual design through commissioned systems and ongoing operations.
- Extensive leadership experience; including the ability to develop and lead research and development programs and the ability to manage resources for a wide variety of diverse projects.
- Proven track-record finding and developing new sponsors/customers, projects, and programs. Experience in program development and securing funding from multiple sources that include the DOE (Science and NNSA) and other federal agencies such as DARPA, DOD, DHS, NASA, etc., as well as commercial entities, foundations, and others.
- Experience in workforce planning that includes recruitment, retention, and mentoring of outstanding staff.
- Experience working in collaborative ventures and multidisciplinary teams
- Experience in managing a high hazard laboratory and experimental facilities with hazards that include electrical, radiation, chemical, and hoisting and rigging.
- Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving.
- Record of commitment to staff development, diversity, a respectful workplace, safety, environment and health.
- Technical knowledge in several of the RFAR Division’s core capabilities in RF accelerator research and development.
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work effectively with a broad range of funding and oversight organizations and to interact effectively at the highest levels of leadership, both internally and externally.
- Broad and diverse knowledge of current and emerging scientific and technology topics and national priorities related to SLAC’s mission with emphasis on RF technologies
- Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
- Ability to establish strategic direction for the organization and work closely with the leadership team to define, articulate, and achieve common goals.
- Demonstrated ability to create an intellectual and work environment that promotes scientific and operational excellence.
- Ability to build and grow organizational relationships and programs (both internal and external), and to partner with major R&D organizations and laboratories.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
SLAC Manager Competencies:
- Results Through Others: Achieves expected results by effectively delegating and managing the work of others.
- Aligns Priorities: Ensures planning and prioritization of resources and work efforts; ensures alignment of direct and matrix reports to support organizational goals and business plans.
- Applies Lab Acumen: Maintains understanding of lab efforts and direction as well as current research and trends, considers technology and customer impacts, and contributes relevant, informed ideas to lab growth.
- Navigates Complexity: Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making in complex situations; manages a multitude of information and circumstances to discern what is most important; takes appropriate action, even with conflicting data or in difficult situations.
- 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.
- Self-awareness: Seeks feedback from others and takes ownership of, and actions to address what is learned; recognizes impact on others and adjusts as needed; pursues continuous learning opportunities; implements a meaningful development plan.
- Team Effectiveness: Effectively motivates team members and fosters a diverse and collaborative environment; leverages individual members’ strengths for overall team effectiveness; incorporates insights to improve team operations.
- Purpose & Vision: Articulates a clear vision of expected outcomes; inspires others to execute work plans and feel a sense of purpose and ownership for the mission.
- Attracts & Develops Employee Talent: Plans for, attracts, and hires the right talent for current and future organizational needs; operates with a focus on growing internal talent through organizational and staff development; values and encourages continuous growth development through a blend of work experiences, coaching, and formal learning; aligns individual development with organizational needs and objectives.
- 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: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/esh/eshmanual/pdfs/ESHch01.pdf
- 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.