Intern - Physics or Engineering Research Support
Menlo Park, CA 
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Job/Internship Description
SLAC Job Postings

The Instrumentation Division in the Technology Innovation Directorate (TID-ID) has a temporary employment opportunity available for a student/recent graduate who is interested in physics, electronics engineering, or related discipline and seeking to gain work experience.

Example projects and responsibilities include (but are not limited) to the following:

  • Analysis of x-ray detector performance
  • Calibration of LCLS detectors
  • Analysis of advanced CMOS image sensors
  • Script development using Python

Other duties may also be assigned.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • Great resume builder for someone seeking practical experience in a scientific and research environment.
  • Opportunity to become more closely connected to the Stanford/SLAC scientific community, as the intern will be working with both students and staff from many different disciplines.
  • Opportunity to learn about experimental research and exposure to the work environment in a research and user facility.

Note: This is an hourly, non-benefits eligible temporary-nonexempt, summer internship position (work at 50% full-time equivalent or more), not to exceed 980 hours in six consecutive months. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an educational program or recently graduated and have US work authorization. All accepted candidates must have or be able to timely acquire US work authorization.

To be successful in this position:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or recently graduated.
  • Interest in physics, electronics engineering or related field
  • Basic programming skills in C/C++ and python.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrated skills with Microsoft Office Suite such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

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.

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:
  • 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: Temporary Nonexempt

Level: III

Job code: 9150

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


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As soon as possible
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