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Project Manager - Matter in Extreme Conditions Upgrade (Job ID 4793)

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, California 94025
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) is a revolutionary science facility that delivers ultrashort X-ray pulses that are nine orders of magnitude brighter than any prior source, able to probe the characteristics of matter with unprecedented spatial and temporal precision. The Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument at LCLS combines the XFEL with high-power, short-pulse lasers to develop our understanding of some of the most extreme conditions in the universe. This has driven a remarkably rich array of high-profile scientific results with applications in fusion energy, isotope production, advanced materials, and medical and nuclear technology.

The Matter in Extreme Conditions Upgrade (MEC-U) Project was recently initiated to design and deliver a next-generation plasma science capability at LCLS to ensure continued world-leading performance over the next decade and beyond. The Project will construct a new dedicated underground cavern, significantly increase the power, and repetition rate of the high intensity laser system to the Petawatt level (PW, 10^15 Watts) at 10 Hz, increase the energy of the shock-driver laser to the kilojoule level (kJ), and greatly expand the capabilities of the MEC instrumentation to support groundbreaking experiments enabled by the combination of high-power lasers with the world’s brightest X-ray source. 

The MEC-U Project is a 5+ year, ~ $300M project sponsored by the DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. It is based at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). The project successfully passed DOE’s Critical Decision 1 in October 2021 and is now in its detailed design phase.

We are seeking a candidate to fill the position of MEC-U Project Manager with technical and managerial qualifications to provide the senior-level oversight and management of a multi-institutional science construction project. The position reports to the MEC-U Project Director.

Note: SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University and based in Menlo Park; CA. Given the nature of this position, SLAC is open to on-site, hybrid, and remote work options.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage the MEC-U Project to ensure delivery of the MEC-U User Facility, on schedule and within the approved funding profile.
  • Drive a project culture that underpins and maintains safe working conditions and enforces the highest standards of safe work practices.  
  • Oversee a suite of technical, administrative, and quality controls and monitoring to ensure the project is executed within the approved cost, schedule, and technical scope at each of the project partner laboratories and with construction and vendor partners.  
  • Manage risks to the project’s scope, schedule, and cost in a quantitative, proactive manner. 
  • Implement project management and reporting procedures meeting DOE and laboratory guidelines and best practices, including senior leadership of the project through the DOE’s Critical Decision process for 413.3b projects. 
  • Interface with DOE/Site Office/Laboratory management/other stakeholders to report on project performance and goals.
  • Provide strategic direction and develop long range plans that establish objectives and overall direction for the project.
  • Respond to emerging issues and opportunities with timely, pragmatic, and effective solutions.
  • Supervise the project staff, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to providing instruction on complex techniques and direction on project delivery.
  • Other duties as assigned by the MEC-U Project Director and laboratory management


  • Bachelor's degree plus ten years of relevant experience in technical project management.
  • Proven leadership in multi-laboratory project environment providing effective oversight and guidance of operational, management and administrative issues.
  • Demonstrated experience leading high performing project and operational teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work effectively with funding and oversight organizations.
  • Broad and diverse knowledge of project management techniques and methods.
  • Strong analytical and computational skills necessary to gather, organize and make well informed decisions.
  • Experienced people leader, including leading in a multi-laboratory and matrixed environments.
  • Ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner and in a way that appropriately represents SLAC.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • M.S. in engineering, MBA, or Ph.D. (or equivalent subject matter);
  • Nationally recognized accomplishment and leadership in DOE funded construction projects under DOE order 413.3b.
  • Certifications and Licenses:
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)


Posted: 2022-08-24 Expires: 2022-10-08

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