The lab is organized into six scientific directorates, each of which plays an important role in advancing our lab, backed by our core operations teams all supporting our shared mission.
The Accelerator Directorate fosters world leading accelerator science and technologies for future accelerators, while enabling user research and accelerator R&D programs today.
Energy Sciences Directorate
From studying chemical reactions that happen in the femtosecond timescale to advancing society’s energy technology, the Energy Sciences Directorate’s research addresses an enormous range of critical scientific challenges.
Fundamental Physics Directorate
The Fundamental Physics Directorate brings together scientists and technologies that support national priorities in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology to explore the basic particles and forces that knit the cosmos together.
Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Directorate
The Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC takes X-ray snapshots of atoms and molecules at work, revealing fundamental processes in materials, technology and living things.
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Directorate
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource provides extremely bright X-rays that can be used to investigate various forms of matter ranging from objects of atomic and molecular size to man-made materials with unusual properties.
Technology Innovation Directorate
The Technology Innovation Directorate leverages state-of-the-art scientific expertise and advanced instrumentation to develop novel technologies for a diverse sponsor base and for the benefit of the nation.
Laboratory Directed Research & Development
The Laboratory Directed Research & Development program allocates resources to SLAC scientists to make rapid contributions in new areas, tackle high-risk/high-payoff problems and develop cross-disciplinary approaches to important scientific and technological challenges.
Our core operations teams ensure smooth operations at the lab. They include finance, information technology, communications, facilities & operations, environmental safety and health, and human resources, all supporting our visionary science and technology mission.
Careers at SLAC
Find your career at SLAC and join a creative, diverse and united workforce – people with a wide variety of experiences, ideas, skills and backgrounds.
Partnering with industry is part of SLAC’s mission to innovate and advance fundamental science and push the bounds of technology.
Explore our frontier research
Get an overview of research at SLAC: X-ray & ultrafast science, particle and astrophysics, cosmology, particle accelerators, biology, energy and technology.