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  • Promotions Committee

Laboratory Appointments and Promotions for Staff Scientists

Staff scientists conduct research, develop theories, and devise methods to apply scientific principles, theories and research in projects related to the overall mission of SLAC. Research projects include synchrotron radiation and x-ray FEL research, materials science, accelerator science, chemistry, life sciences, laser research, particle physics and particle astrophysics. These are career appointments of individuals intended to be central to defining and pursuing the forefront scientific mission of the laboratory.

Staff Scientist Career Path (PDF). Describes the five levels of Staff Scientist with brief descriptions of additional research appointments (project scientist, research associate, postdoctoral scholar, graduate student).

Staff Scientist Appointment and Promotion Process (PDF). Describes the appointments and promotions process with requisite qualifications and parameters.

  • Before the requisition for a new staff scientist hire begins, a long-term career path within the sponsoring SLAC scientific Directorate should be identified.

  • Promotions follow the usual SLAC-wide procedures for reclassification of continuing staff, which is staffed by HR Compensation. At least 6 months prior to the end of the Associate Staff Scientist’s 5-year term limit, the employee’s supervisor will submit a promotion file to the DAPC for consideration. Other level reviews can occur as appropriate.

Staff Scientist Matrix (PDF). Identifies the key characteristics of each level in the Staff Scientist Career Path.

Directorate Appointment and Promotion Committee (DAPC) Chairs:

John Seeman (AD)

Ph: 650-926-3566




Rafe Schindler (PPA)

Ph: 650-926-3450




Ingolf Lindau (PS, LCLS, SSRL)

Ph: 650-926-3456


Laboratory Appointment and Promotion Committee (LAPC) Chair:

Ingolf Lindau

Ph: 650-926-3456


Information Contact:

David MacFarlane

Ph: 650-926-3406


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