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SLAC/INFN Summer Exchange Program for 2016

The US Department of Energy and the Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy announce a Summer Exchange Program for 2016 to promote the exchange of students in science and engineering between the two countries to work on projects that will further their experience in the areas of science and technology studied at the laboratories.

We anticipate that three (3) positions will be available at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) in the the Experimental Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology directorates.  SLAC is one of the world’s leading laboratories in the areas of elementary particle physics and particle astrophysics.   It has experimental and accelerator facilities covering many areas of physics, engineering, and computing.   Students in these areas are sought for this program in order to foster international collaboration for future scientific research on these topics.

Candidates must have begun at the time of application at least the third year in an undergraduate curriculum in physics, engineering or computing studies in an Italian university and wish to join a team at SLAC for a period of 2 months between June 15th and September 30th, 2016.   Selected students must obtain their bachelor's degree, or equivalent (e.g. Laurea Triennale), before starting work at SLAC.

There are several opportunities to participate in the analysis of data from SLAC's wide research program including cosmology, high energy physics, neutrinos, and dark matter searches:;

In addition to joining an experimental team, students may also attend the SLAC Summer Institute, New Horizons on the Energy Frontier,  held 15-26 August, 2016.  See the SLAC Summer Institute site for program details.

Compensation is $3,500/month for 2 months at SLAC, plus an allowance for travel to and from SLAC, and registration fees for the SLAC Summer Institute.  Assistance in obtaining a visa will also be provided.

Students must hold an appropriate visa to work in the US, normally a short-term J-1 visa.  Currently, the processing time to obtain a required DS-2019 document from Stanford University is 2-3 weeks and consulate/embassy processing time ranges from 2 weeks to 4 months.

To apply, send (or email) a letter explaining your interests in physics, engineering or computer science along with a Curriculum Vitae (see the CV Template) and/or resume with your education and work experience.  Please include all science and mathematics courses, with marks.   Also indicate if you applied to other student exchange programs in 2016.  The deadline for applications is 4 April 2016.  Results will be announced soon thereafter.

Please send to:

Dr. Seth Digel
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, MS 29
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA   94025

If selected to participate in the program, the following must be provided to our International Services Office:

  1. a completed DS-2019 application form (For the form, contact International Services Office)
  2. a Curriculum Vitae
  3. a copy of the passport bio page(s) (includes birth date, passport number and expiration date)
  4. home address (required for the SEVIS database)
  5. address and telephone number where to send the DS-2019 document via Federal Express when it is ready.

You'll also need to check with your local embassy/consulate for complete details and requirements.


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