SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
The Radiation Protection Department (RPD) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory supports safe design and operation of SLAC accelerators, beamlines and experiments and to protect workers, users, public and the environment. Radiation Physics Group (RPG) in RPD performs radiation shielding calculations (using Monte Carlo and analytic codes), supports design of interlocked access control system, and engineered beam containment system for SLAC facilities such including Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II), LCLS-II High Energy, FACET-II and MEC upgrade projects.
This internship, planned for summer 2020 will perform Monte Carlo radiation transport calculations for the projects that Radiation Physics Group participates in support of SLAC mission. Examples include PHASER project which seeks to develop accelerators capable of irradiating tumors in sub-seconds.
The work, performed under the close supervision of SLAC RPG staff will include extensive Monte Carlo simulations to help optimize different components of high peak power compact electron-gamma irradiators, including their local shielding. Other areas of interest will be modeling of radiation fields delivered for treatment and/or for interrogation purposes. Some of the results will be used as benchmark data for code cross-comparison with other simulations.
This internship may also include radiological feasibility for the commissioning of a number of high peak at a SLAC test facility such as NLCTA. Supplementing the core activities, other R&D tasks in the field of computational radiation physics will be pursued.
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 work in a scientific user facility and world leading accelerator and photon science laboratory.
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:
- Must be currently enrolled in a graduate level educational program or recently graduated in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science or related field.
- Solid base knowledge in the fields or radiation transport, statistics, and scientific programming.
- Familiarity with Monte Carlo radiation transport FLUKA code and ability to debug the input files and related custom codes, interpret results, present and progress work.
- Problem-solving and analysis skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
- Organizational skills and ability to multi-task and complete assignments.
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: 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
- Working Title: Research Support – LCLS Internship [Level II]
- Classification Title: Temporary Employee (Nonexempt)
- Employment Duration: 17 weeks
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.