The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, and a national research facility, seeks a Senior Scientist with research interest and strong experience in synchrotron radiation (SR)-based materials science and strong background leading and managing technical research organization.
The scientist will develop and lead a vigorous materials research program that will drive the development of new capabilities at SSRL, including experimental approaches, instrumentation, and integrating the research with x-ray probes. SSRL’s Materials Science program, on the 3rd generation storage ring SPEAR3, utilizes several hard and tender x-ray undulator, wiggler and bending magnet stations for experiments using primarily x-ray diffraction, small-angle/wide-angle x-ray scattering, x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, x-ray microscopy, and x-ray spectroscopy.
Development directions include in-situ and operando experiments, integration of synchrotron x-ray methods with materials synthesis and device fabrication, multi-modal characterization including non-SR techniques, and time-resolved studies, with potential expansion to experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). For this position, the science focus is on materials; other components of the SSRL program include chemistry, catalysis, environmental science and biology. This scientist will also play a leading role in planning for a future SSRL upgrade.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Provide strategic leadership and management for the SSRL Materials Science Division and program(s) exercising delegated authority for policy and programmatic decisions.
Achieve goals through technical and managerial staff engaged in developing, advancing and applying science, engineering and technology.
Play a critical role in policy decisions.
Formulate and articulate the near-term and long-term goals of the Materials Science Division.
Lead high-profile research programs in the area of growth, processing and characterization of materials, with particular focus on energy, electronic, quantum and catalytic systems. This would include in situ and operando characterization of functional materials, as well as fundamental studies to understand their electronic and physical structure and their correlation to function.
Develop the scientific case and work with SSRL management to seek funding for dedicated facilities, including beam lines and laboratory facilities for materials research.
Create external and internal scientific collaborations with researchers that can include academia, national laboratories and industry.
Create an interface between SSRL and industrial researchers to enable growth of this user community for the facility.
Drive the creation of research infrastructure at SSRL that enables these scientific directions to involve. Examples could be a range of materials growth and processing systems integrated with pre-, in-situ-, and post-characterization techniques utilizing SSRL’s x-ray capabilities.
Manage the division’s annual budget (approximately 15M) personnel, and facilities resources.
Mentor, train and supervise scientists (e.g. postdoctoral, staff scientists) in broadly defined x-ray based materials science research and technique/instrumentation development. Team-teach workshops and summer schools with SSRL/SLAC/Stanford/invited scientists.
Note: Appointment at the Senior Scientist level is a regular-continuing position and requires an achieved recognition of leadership nationally and/or internationally, as a result of original developments in one’s field of expertise. Applicants should include a cover letter, a statement of research including a brief summary of accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of three references for future letters of recommendation with the application.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
Ph.D. in materials science, physics, chemistry or related field, with at least 10 years of post-Ph.D. professional experience.
Proven record of independent research including publications in major journals and conference presentations in materials science and x-ray methods.
Strong background in materials science and synchrotron x-ray techniques.
Demonstrated scientific leadership skills.
Demonstrated organizational skills and management experience, including the ability to multi-task in a challenging, high-paced environment.
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population, and commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Ability to mentor staff for success in research, technique development and user support.
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.
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.
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
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