Superconductor RF (SRF) Technical Lead

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is in the final construction phase of LCLS-II, which will be the first fully CW Superconducting Linac-based X-ray Free Electron Laser. We are also planning for the high energy upgrade to LCLS-II, which will double the beam energy.  This is a very exciting time for SLAC, and for the new science opportunities that will arise with these new capabilities.

The Accelerator Directorate is seeking an SRF Technical Lead to support the efforts for the commissioning and operation of the new superconducting accelerator system and plan future infrastructure for R&D and maintenance needs.  The Technical Lead will be expected to be familiar will all aspects of cryomodule operation and commissioning, including SRF cavity operation, LLRF controls, cryogenics, and microphonics.

The successful candidate will work with other engineers and scientists at SLAC and collaborating laboratories to achieve the best possible performance of the new SC linac systems at SLAC.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Leading efforts for systems integration and commissioning of the new SC linac at SLAC
  • Coordinate efforts with partner labs related to commissioning and operations
  • Develop plans for infrastructure needs related to SC Linac maintenance and also future R&D activities.
  • Assist in training of junior SRF staff at SLAC in SC Linac operations.

Note: This is a three-year fixed term position with the possibility of extension or converting to regular-continuing position.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • B.S. in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or related field with minimum eight years of experience in superconducting RF accelerator systems
  • Experience operating and testing SRF cavities and cryomodules
  • Experience designing and operating superconducting accelerator technology
  • Experience developing and utilizing superconducting RF support infrastructure
  • Experience with cryogenic systems.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population and ability to work independently and in a team environment.

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.


  • 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,

Classification Title: Research Technical Manager 2

Grade: M

Job code: 4987

Duration: Fixed Term

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