SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research. SLAC is one of ten National Laboratories under the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. SLAC seeks a Vacuum Shop Supervisor in the Mechanical Fabrication Department in the Accelerator Directorate. The efficient and reliable operation of the laboratory’s accelerator and experimental facilities depends upon maintaining clean, low particulate, ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions, sometimes under high radiation loads and high-field conditions, including a particle-free cryogenic environment. The Vacuum Shop fabricates, assembles, tests, installs and maintains effective ultrahigh vacuum systems for the facilities and projects. The Shop Supervisor is responsible for managing the Vacuum Shop’s operations, including oversight of the shop facilities and equipment, and supervision of approximately ten vacuum technicians who work both in the shop and in the field. This position reports to the department head of the Mechanical Fabrication Department, which is part of the Mechanical Engineering and Technical Support Division (METSD) in the Accelerator Directorate of SLAC.
Perform advanced technical research utilizing and/or developing experimental equipment, devices, specimens, plans, designs, reports, and/or data analysis. Provides supervision overseeing technicians and/or support staff.
Support complex scientific and research programs related to area of specialization; analyze data, monitor and oversee experimental process, and design and develop prototypes, specialized equipment, and/or systems.
Collaborate with scientists, engineers, or senior administrative officers to oversee complex non-routine analyses, select optimum solutions, and perform corrective modifications to equipment and system designs to efficiently deliver high quality product and output on time and within cost.
Carry out all activities, including troubleshooting and resolving routine problems for scientist or engineers, independently.
Collaborate with senior engineers and scientists to design and develop special purpose UHV equipment and/or systems.
Participate in the planning, design, and implementation of scientific or engineering initiatives, and work toward project objective providing customer interface for cost, schedule and technical development.
Manage a laboratory space or unit within budget allocations, and supervise the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group including developing staffing plans for succession and demand.
Serve as a resource in review of research proposals and research capabilities, and make manufacturability recommendations.
Establish, communicate, and enforce compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
Develop training manuals and safety guidelines, and train new instrumentation users, researchers, and/or technical staff.
Perform supervisory duties, including overseeing the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group/project, supervising the regular installation, maintenance, and operation of complex UHV scientific or engineering projects, and training technicians, operators, and others working in particular UHV scientific or engineering function area.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelors' degree in mechanical or manufacturing engineering or related field, or five years of equivalent work experience or combination of education and relevant hands on experience in vacuum technology.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge and skills of advanced scientific or engineering principles and practices including experience developing and implementing vacuum policies, procedures, and training for use in UHV/Particle Free systems.
Extensive experience applying complex scientific and engineering principles and performing special technical services involving both development and performance.
In-depth experience with software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job and meticulous recording and documentation skills.
Ability to independently oversee and manage instrumentation or system installation.
Ability to collaborate with senior engineering and scientific staff to design and develop special purpose equipment and/or systems and advising engineering and technical staff on practices for design, fabrication, build, maintenance of UHV systems.
Experience overseeing the plan, design, and implementation of major scientific or engineering initiatives and ensuring project objective are met.
Demonstrated ability to review research proposals, evaluate research capabilities, and make recommendations.
Demonstrated ability to establish, communicate, and enforce compliance with health and safety policies and procedures.
Experience managing a laboratory space or unit and supervising the work of technicians and other staff associated with the group and demonstrated leadership ability; including administrative and management experience and the ability to manage resources for the shop and a wide variety of diverse projects.
Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and train a diverse work staff.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in fabricating, assembling, installing and maintaining UHV accelerator or accelerator-like vacuum systems. Demonstrated hands-on experience in UHV best practices including application of joining methods and fabrication of UHV parts and assemblies, cleaning processes for UHV, outgassing and other vacuum measurement techniques.
Hands-on experience and extensive knowledge in Class 100-10,000 (ISO 5-7) clean room procedures and techniques, leak detectors, residual gas analyzers, vacuum pumps, vacuum gauges and valves, and materials suitable for UHV applications.
Experience in ultra-high vacuum practices and procedures as applied in low particulate cryogenic environments.
Ability to development practices and procedures for design, fabrication, assembly, and maintenance of UHV systems in particle-free cryogenic environments.
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.
Frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully.
Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
* - 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 his or her job.
May be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, Allergens/Biohazards/Chemicals /Asbestos, confined spaces, working at heights ?10 feet, temperature extremes, heavy metals, unusual work hours or routine overtime and/or inclement weather.
May require travel.
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 safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
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.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary is commensurate with skills and experience. In addition, Stanford is committed to offering a competitive benefits package for its faculty, staff, retirees and their eligible dependents. From wide-ranging health and life coverage to attractive retirement savings programs, child care assistance and tuition grant benefit, Stanford strives to offer a benefits program befitting this world-class institution.
About Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
SLAC is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. Operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE, SLAC has been creating the future since its establishment in 1962. Six scientists have been awarded Nobel prizes for work done at SLAC, and more than 1,000 scientific papers are published each year based on research at the lab. Our laboratory develops and operates some of the w...orld’s premier science facilities (including SSRL, LCLS, FACET and NLCTA ), attracting teams of researchers who investigate some of the most exciting and important problems facing our society, in areas such as clean energy, environmental science, biomedicine, and advanced materials. Our nearly 1,600 employees work in the foothills overlooking Stanford University and the communities of Palo Alto and Menlo Park, California. Stanford University is committed to offering you a wide range of health and life benefits designed to help you meet the needs of you and your family.