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Staff Scientist opening

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory invites applications for a position in Theoretical Particle Physics in the broad area of precision theory within the Fundamental Physics Directorate. This position will be at the level of an associate staff or staff scientist appointment, commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent), postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated potential for excellence in research. The search will cover the broad area of precision theoretical physics with the development of novel methods that will dramatically improve our quantitative understanding of quantum field theory. The research areas it encompasses include precision QCD and electroweak theory, Monte Carlo generators, scattering amplitudes, and nonperturbative or resummation methods.

The SLAC theory group pursues research in a broad range of theoretical subdisciplines, including collider physics, precision QCD, phenomenology and model building of physics beyond the Standard Model, dark matter physics, neutrino physics, and quantum field theory. Together with the Stanford University Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, the Stanford theory community spans the full spectrum from formal theory to phenomenology to cosmology and provides a strong theoretical research environment.

The laboratory setting offers close interactions with the vibrant SLAC experimental program, which includes leading efforts in the ATLAS collaboration at the LHC, a neutrino program with both accelerator-based oscillation and neutrinoless double-beta decay components, searches for dark sectors with low-energy collider beams, direct detection searches for dark matter with LUX/LZ and Super-CDMS, dark energy studies with DES, DESI and LSST, as well as cosmic microwave background experiments with BICEP and plans for Stage 4 CMB experiments.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a statement of research interests and future plans, and at least 3 letters of recommendation. Applicants should submit their application materials online through

Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Lance Dixon, by email ( For full consideration, applications should be completed by May 15, 2019. State date could be as early as October 1, 2019.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its employees. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

Postdoctoral Positions

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory holds an annual competition for Theoretical Physics Research Associate postdoctoral positions. We welcome applications from anyone working in theoretical high-energy physics, broadly defined. The activities of our group covers a wide range of interests. We will accept all applications through the website Academic Jobs Online. We do not accept applications by physical mail. If you have any difficulties, please email Maria Herraez. Candidates should be sure to submit all materials by the deadline posted on AJO.

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Theory Group subscribes to the Rutgers agreement on postdoctoral offer acceptance deadlines.

  See current postdoc openings on Academic Jobs Online »

Info for Stanford Graduate Students

Stanford Students

General policy for rotations and admission to the group:

  1. During the Stanford academic year, we offer one quarter of rotation support to any student who knows how to compute Feynman diagrams. (Typically, this would require completion of Physics 330 or the equivalent.)

  2. Projects should be formed through discussion with one of the Theory Group faculty members or staff scientists.

  3. We encourage prospective Theory students to meet all of the SLAC Theory group members, and (insofar as it is consistent with your schedule) to attend our Wednesday and Friday seminars.

  4. Prospective Theory students should meet with the faculty members and staff scientists in the group during one of the open houses to find a research adviser.  Projects lead by a staff scientist will be co-signed by a faculty member.  The Theory Group will support accepted students during their quarterly rotations.

  Contact person: Prof. JoAnne Hewett

Long-term Visitors

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Theory Group would be pleased to arrange visits to our group from theoretical physicists who have won traveling fellowships or have other sources of outside financial support. To inquire about visiting our group under such an arrangement, please contact Prof. JoAnne Hewett. In principle, we can provide a supplement to outside fellowships, but our funding for this purpose is severely limited.

Summer Program

The Theory Group has a limited budget to support theorists who wish to visit the laboratory in the summer. Typically, we will arrange to share costs with your home institution to facilitate your visit to SLAC. We welcome summer visitors in all fields of theoretical high-energy physics, but especially theorists who would like to interact directly with physicists in the SLAC experimental programs. To inquire about the summer program, please contact Prof. JoAnne Hewett by email at If it is possible, we would like to hear from you before March 31 for a visit in the upcoming summer.