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Faculty Position, Accelerator Physics, Open Rank

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Menlo Park, California 94025
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The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory invites applications for two faculty appointments in Accelerator Physics. This is an open rank search, with the level ranging from tenure-track Assistant Professor to Full Professor with tenure in the case of exceptionally qualified candidates. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and demonstrated excellence in research in accelerator physics.


SLAC has a broad and vibrant accelerator R&D program in the following areas: a) a strong experimental and growing modeling effort in Plasma Wakefield and Dielectric Laser Acceleration; b) world renowned theoretical and experimental FEL R&D program; c) RF and mm-wave/THz high-power technology with applications to accelerators, FEL and compact light sources, and material technologies for accelerators including new SC materials, cathodes and engineered high gradient materials; d) strong competency in beam physics and computation, including advanced accelerator computation and machine learning for SLAC’s operating and test facilities; e) a growing program in ultra-bright electron injectors in pursuit of transformational advances in electron beam brightness to enable and expand the scientific capabilities of X-ray and electron scattering instruments, and enable novel applications such as shorter wavelength FELs, single-shot UEM, fs-nanodiffraction, high average flux Compton and compact light sources.


SLAC operates a number of user facilities including LCLS, the world’s first X-ray laser, the SSRL synchrotron light source, and until recently FACET, a Plasma Wakefield Acceleration (PWFA) and advanced accelerator R&D facility. In addition, SLAC is constructing LCLS-II, the first CW SRF X-ray FEL, and FACET-II, as follow-on to FACET.


The successful candidate or candidates are expected to conduct an outstanding research program based on these facilities and provide scientific leadership for existing or new efforts in accelerator physics. We expect the successful candidate to be, or become, a world leader in their area of expertise.

A SLAC professor is a member of the academic council of Stanford University, and is expected to serve as an educator. SLAC professors have the opportunity to teach classes in the Physics Department, Applied Physics Department, and other engineering and science departments, to serve as PhD advisors to Stanford graduate students, and to mentor undergraduate students, as well as supervising postdoctoral research associates and other junior colleagues. SLAC also expects its faculty to help in advancing the lab's future and ensuring its success.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a statement of research interests, a research plan, and arrange to have 4 letters of recommendation sent to Academic Jobs Online. Applicants should submit the required application materials online through . Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Aaron Lindenberg, by email ( or to the Search Administrator, Jessica Negrette (  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but must be received by October 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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