Staff Engineer 2 (Electrical)

Website SLAClab Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC

Job Requisition #: 3490
Classification Title: Staff Engineer 2
Grade: K
# of openings: 1
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s SPEAR3 is one of the four US third generation light sources – electron storage rings dedicated to producing brilliant X-ray beams. SPEAR3 serves Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a national user facility with the longest history of utilizing synchrotron radiation for multi-disciplinary experiments.

Members of our SSRL Accelerator Team are responsible for operating and improving electron accelerators that produce high brightness x-rays for a wide range of research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). The accelerator complex consists of an RF electron gun, 120-MeV linear accelerator, a 10-Hz cycling booster synchrotron to accelerate electrons from 120 MeV to 3 GeV, and the main SPEAR3 storage ring that emits x-ray synchrotron radiation from bend magnets, wigglers and undulators. The accelerator team has expertise in instrumentation, fast feedback systems, real-time software applications, systems analysis, and accelerator beam dynamics. The group conducts regular testing of system components with live beam to demonstrate new concepts and collaborates with other groups at SLAC for development, prototype implementation, system deployment and systems analysis.

The accelerator electrical systems include electron beam diagnostics and control; hardware diagnostics and control; fast-acting interlock systems, radio-frequency systems; and several hundred AC, DC, and fast-pulsed power supplies.  Electron beam diagnostic and instrumentation systems measure and control the spatial and temporal beam distributions, beam position stability and other relevant operational parameters. Hardware diagnostics and controls include timing systems, motion control, vacuum systems, magnets, RF, temperature monitoring and cooling water.  All systems are controlled with advanced Ethernet-connected communications with tightly regulated feedback loops to maintain high-precision stability. Development of signal processing algorithms, control architectures and advanced feedback techniques are part of the ongoing effort.

We are seeking an electrical engineer with strong background in electrical or electronics engineering to maintain, design, build, integrate, and troubleshoot advanced engineering systems in the SSRL accelerator complex and interface with scientific, engineering and technical staff across the lab and work on a range of technical systems using both engineering and applied physics skills.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintain, troubleshoot, repair, modify and test electron beam instrumentation using diagnostic tools, analysis techniques, and robust engineering practices.
  • Design and fabricate diagnostic electronic equipment, including schematics; PCB layout, fabrication and testing; and chassis construction.
  • Participate in the development of existing systems as well as conceptual development of new systems.
  • Solve complex engineering problems and recommend corrective or alternative actions.
  • Work with SPEAR3 and SLAC staff in problem solving and design efforts.
  • Assist in capital equipment purchases and preparation of budgets.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering or related fields with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in at least four of the following areas: precision analog and digital hardware, hardware diagnostics, accelerator technology, high speed circuits, feedback concepts, computer-based power supply controls, instrumentation, and computer programming skills.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose technical and/or system problems of moderate complexity involving hardware and controls.
  • Expertise in solving unique problems with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple, complex technical projects.
  • Good organizational skills with the ability to complete assignments working independently and in a team environment, and effectively present results.
  • Effective communication with colleagues and other research sites.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Solid electronics lab skills with experience in debugging circuits.
  • Experience with maintaining and supporting complex systems.
  • Familiarity with computer-hardware interface.
  • Experience with hardware and electron beam diagnostics.
  • Experience with Altium or similar electronic CAD software.
  • MATLAB, C, or C++, experience on Windows and Linux platforms.

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, 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. May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

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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