The Accelerator Technology Research (ATR) Department, as part of the RF Accelerator Research Division (RFARD) within the Technology Innovation Directorate at SLAC, addresses challenges in multiple area of science and technology including high power radio-frequency systems, plasmas, quantum information science, piezoelectrics, THz generation and manipulation, and advanced manufacturing to name a few. Major mission areas includes supporting and enhancing the performance of the SLAC’s accelerator-based national user facilities including the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world’s first hard x-ray laser user facility, LCLS-II, FACET (Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests), and the SPEAR3 synchrotron light source user facility.
ATR has a rapidly growing portfolio of sponsored research with applications towards oncology therapy, communications, defense and national security, and pharmaceuticals. RFARD possesses unique, world-leading capabilities that span concept, design, fabrication, testing, and operation in these areas. As an example, the ATR Department works in close collaboration with other federal agencies and laboratories, both DOE (e.g. FNAL, LLNL) and, foreign (e.g. CERN, PSI), commercial industry, and Stanford University to advance the state of the art in RF power electronics technologies across a broad spectrum of frequencies, for accelerator applications including colliders, light sources, compact sources, and accelerators for emerging applications.
SLAC is seeking a Department Head for Accelerator Technology Research to lead research programs, grow the R&D and sponsored research portfolio, guide the execution of projects, and help create a long-term vision for the department and broader organization. The Department Head, in coordination with the Division’s leadership, is responsible for developing the vision and long-term strategy for the future of the Department, which keeps SLAC at the forefront of accelerator technologies and electrodynamics, and enables SLAC accelerator facilities to meet ever expanding mission requirements.
Your specific responsibilities:
Create a stimulating R&D environment that develops innovative concepts and R&D projects in support of the ongoing SLAC mission and new initiatives.
Conduct external program development activities that span federal agencies, industry, and US and foreign labs, and manage proposal efforts to develop a strong sponsored research portfolio that is synergistic with the SLAC mission. This position represents a great opportunity to initiate new approaches and to take them from concept, through prototyping, to deployment in systems that define the state of the art.
Guide and manage project execution by ATR PIs and PMs, and serve as project PI and/or program leader
As part of the division’s leadership team, effectively manage the Department’s resources: people, budgets, schedules, and the environmental, safety, and health envelope.
To be successful in this position you will bring:
Master’s degree in physics, engineering or related fields with minimum six years of experience in one or more of the following areas: electromagnetics; high power RF science, technology, and sources; accelerator technology; electron beam physics and devices;
Demonstrated excellent leadership, administrative, and management experience including the ability to lead R&D projects and manage people and financial resources.
Demonstrated expertise in both leading and working effectively with multidisciplinary teams across organizational boundaries and with other US laboratories, federal agencies, and universities.
Strong background in formulating and writing successful proposals and securing funding, external to SLAC’s base programs;
Demonstrated background in leading multiple, significant programs (>$1M) as a principle investigator or project manager, preferably with multiple funding agencies and industry, and is able to grow network of federal program sponsors
Demonstrated project leadership in both basic R&D and national security applications
Possess understanding of the mission and future R&D needs of DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences and High Energy Physics Offices, federal agencies, national security and industry
Demonstrated knowledge in creating an innovative team R&D environment.
Record of excellence in professional achievement, as evidenced by a strong publication record
Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication.
Ph.D. in physics or engineering with a strong background and international recognition in one or more of the following areas: electromagnetics; high power RF science, technology, and sources; accelerator technology; electron beam physics and devices
In depth knowledge of DOE Office of Science accelerator R&D programs, Department of Defense Agencies’ and industry needs
Experience leading programs and programs development within a National Laboratory.
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.
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