From the Director: The ALD Search Committee Needs Your Help

April 26, 2013

As I announced last week, Uwe Bergmann, deputy director at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), will take over the role of interim associate lab director (ALD) when Jo Stöhr steps down next week. I’m grateful to both Uwe and Piero Pianetta, the acting ALD for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), for their leadership of these two critical facilities as we search for the best people to permanently take on the ALD roles.

I'm pleased to announce that the search committee to find these candidates is now in place. As I wrote in March, I've asked Norbert Holtkamp, SLAC's associate lab director for the Accelerator Directorate, and Soichi Wakatsuki, professor of photon science at SLAC and structural biology at Stanford School of Medicine, to co-chair the committee. The other committee members are:

  • John Arthur, senior staff scientist and director of LCLS X-ray Facilities Operations Division, SLAC.
  • Stacey Bent, professor of chemical engineering, Stanford University.
  • Robert Byer, professor of applied physics, Stanford University, and by courtesy of photon science, SLAC.
  • Kelly Gaffney, assistant professor of photon science, SLAC.
  • Bruce Gates, distinguished professor in chemical engineering and materials science, University of California-Davis.
  • Harold Hwang, professor of applied physics and photon science at Stanford University and SLAC.
  • Roger Kornberg, professor of structural biology, Stanford School of Medicine.
  • Gerhard Materlik, CEO of Diamond Light Source.
  • Aaron Roodman, professor of particle physics and astrophysics at SLAC and deputy director of Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.
  • John Schmerge, SPEAR3 Division director, SLAC.
  • Prof. Dr. Jochen R. Schneider, DESY.
  • Sunil Sinha, professor of physics, University of California-San Diego.
  • Janet Smith, professor of biological chemistry, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan.
  • Bill Weis, professor of structural biology, molecular and cellular physiology and photon science, Stanford University.

These individuals represent a broad group of internal and external stakeholders and I am thankful to all of them for agreeing to use their time and expertise in helping SLAC fill these important positions.  I’m confident that they will find the best people to lead LCLS and SSRL, but they will need your help.

The committee will soon announce their process for the search, which will involve many opportunities for you to provide input. I strongly encourage you to do so with the committee as a whole or with any of its members. Let's work together to make these searches a success and ensure strong leadership for the facilities into the future.