Intern - Research Support for Spectroscopy Data Analysis
Menlo Park, CA 
Posted 9 days ago
Job/Internship Description

Position overview:

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking an intern for an exciting project developing X-ray spectroscopy data management tools at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The successful candidate will establish a centralized repository of reference spectral data for transition-metal X-ray absorption (XAS) and X-ray emission (XES) spectroscopies at the LCLS. The database will provide accurate and relevant reference data to LCLS users, enabling them to make informed decisions during their experiments.

Note: This is an hourly, non-benefits eligible summer internship position (work at 50% full-time equivalent or more), not to exceed 980 hours. 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. A minimum commitment requested is 12 weeks.


  • Develop and design a strongly normalized relational database to centralize and store LCLS-derived spectroscopic data.
  • Populate the database by soliciting spectroscopic data from users and staff or digitizing permitted published data.
  • Create a python library to interface with the database through high performance computing clusters.
  • Collaborate with the LCLS user community to gather requirements and ensure the database meets their needs.
  • Develop user and programmer interfaces to enable access by the wider X-ray community.
  • Utilize skills in Bash scripting, Python coding, relational database design, and database normalization.
  • Understand X-ray spectroscopic data and contribute to the improvement of the decision-making process for users.

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.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Working towards a degree in computer science, Data Science, Physics, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in Bash scripting and Python coding.
  • Understanding of relational database design and normalization.
  • Familiarity with X-ray spectroscopic data desired but not necessary
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Motivation to contribute to the improvement of scientific experiments and data interpretation at the LCLS.

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.

Work standards:

  • 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,
  • As an organization that receives federal funding, SLAC and Stanford University have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit


  • Classification Title: SLAC Intern Students - [Level II/II]
  • Job Code: 0901
  • Duration: 12 Weeks

The expected pay range for this position is $22.00 to $25.00 per hour. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

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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