Deputy Director, Operations

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Menlo Park, CA

Permanent Position


SLAC is a vibrant multiprogram laboratory that explores how the universe works at the biggest, smallest, and fastest scales and invents powerful tools used by scientists around the globe. With research spanning particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, materials, chemistry, bio- and energy sciences and scientific computing, work at the lab helps solve real-world problems and advances the interests of the nation. To date, four Nobel Prizes have been awarded for research conducted at SLAC. SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and is one of 17 DOE national laboratories - the most comprehensive research system of its kind in the world, providing strategic scientific and technological capabilities and expertise that cannot be found elsewhere. A major part of the Office of Science mission is supporting the development, construction, and operation of unique, open-access scientific user facilities. The laboratory is home to three Office of Science user facilities: the Linac Coherent Light Source, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests.


Reporting to the Laboratory Director of SLAC, the DDO is charged with the leadership and oversight of SLAC Operations including Information Technology, Business Systems/Finance, Contractor Assurance, Quality, Environmental Safety and Health, and Human Resources.  This position will lead the development of the Lab’s integrated operations strategy and prioritization of goals and objectives and oversee and assist directors in day-to-day operations. The DDO will integrate the team of operational leaders to establish new norms and practices within their scope. They will model and cascade the values and vision of continuous process improvement throughout the institution. Importantly, this position will also be responsible for maintaining effective relationships with senior leaders at Department of Energy’s Office of Science, DOE SLAC Site Office and Senior Leaders at Stanford to assure contractual deliverables and performance expectations are met.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable track record in leading operations through growth, change and ambiguity and accomplishing results. With a working knowledge of multiple disciplines and their operational context in a scientific organization - most specifically ESH, IT, HR, financial management, and performance management - the candidate will be required to build a long-term operational strategy that takes into account continual improvement needed to proactively assure “mission-ready” operations. They will possess senior operational experience in a complex, matrixed, scientific, or similar organization and a demonstrated ability to manage through inherent complexity and multiple stakeholder relationships.

Deputy Director, Operations

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For additional information, please contact Ellen Mahoney at 781.938.1975. All contact with our office will remain confidential.

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