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Technical Manager for Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Project

Date: Jun 20, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8478 



Strategize, develop, communicate, and implement comprehensive advanced manufacturing projects for the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Project to align with US Department of Energy missions. Enhance ORNL advanced manufacturing science capabilities in collaboration with researchers across ORNL, academia and industries. 


In the last ten years, ORNL’s manufacturing demonstration facility (MDF) project, executed by the manufacturing sciences division, has led the scientific and technical advancement related to advanced manufacturing within the US Department of Energy. The MDF has become a role model for rapid transition from fundamental science to deployment by collaborating with industries, academia, non-profit organizations, and other federal agencies. The discoveries of new material phenomena, integrated system developments, and moon-shot demonstration projects have been achieved by the ORNL researchers from different directorates collaborating within this facility through a multi-disciplinary team approach. In addition, the research has led to new opportunities in clean energy including decarbonization of manufacturing. These innovations were achieved due to integration of tacit- and explicit -knowledge at the intersection of materials science, robotics, computational modeling, data analytics, in-situ, and ex-situ characterization at multi-length and -time scales.  Furthermore, the growth and sustainment of these manufacturing innovations are tied to the consistent support from US DOE – Advanced Manufacturing Program within EERE office and augmented support through other program offices in DOE, DOD, NIST, NASA and industry.  The technical project manager will manage the MDF project to sustain and expand ORNL’s world class advanced manufacturing program and ensure research and development excellence, tangible technology transfer and expanded work force development.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the technical manager will focus on developing visionary advanced manufacturing research and development within the MDF Project portfolio through external engagement with program managers from DOE, and other federal and state governments, as well as industries. The secondary responsibility will include interfacing with ORNL line management to foster and support interdisciplinary research teams and other ORNL program managers for cross program activities. Key responsibilities include the following specific goals:

Set the scientific and technical directions for advanced manufacturing within MDF Project

  • Maintain a healthy S&T project portfolio within the MDF Project at ORNL
  • Anticipate the national and global changes in the advanced manufacturing field and provide feedback to DOE and ORNL for strategic investment in the new directions
  • Interface with academia and industry researchers to identify nascent advanced manufacturing relevant to missions of department of energy
  • Transfer the mature technology to industries and allow for sunset of existing research and development projects to allow for new projects
  • Develop and drive the vision of the MDF Project in tandem with Department of Energy and industry including the update and revisions to the strategic plan, development of road mapping sessions (both internally and externally), hosting workshops on future technical themes and integration of the forward leaning ideas and concepts of ORNL’s manufacturing technical leaders.

Manage the external engagement with program managers and stakeholders

  • Interface with academia and industry researchers to identify nascent advanced manufacturing technologies relevant to the DOE missions
  • Anticipate the needed science and technology expertise needed to meet the goals identified by the external stakeholders and communicate strategic needs within ORNL
  • Collaborate with DOE program managers to set the details of the annual operating plans and also manage the programs outcomes and maintain a healthy relationship with stakeholders.
  • Maintain the current R&D expenditures within the next five years related to advanced manufacturing R&D programs at ORNL through external engagement
  • Plan and lead the annual peer review for the MDF
  • Maintain weekly communications with DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office
  • Generate the weekly, monthly, and quarterly communications, highlights and reports for ORNL leadership and DOE

Secure infrastructure through Industrial and government collaborations

  • Coordinate with ORNL leadership with respect to space management, facility upgrades, equipment and new requirements in operations and safety (e.g., new material requirements, ventilation, noise abatement, etc.) as it pertains to MDF projects deliverables and milestones.
  • Sunset and transfer mature infrastructure within MDF projects to external companies
  • Leverage and collaborate with academia, industry, and other federal agencies to maximize access to advanced manufacturing capabilities and infrastructure
  • Develop innovative co-innovation models to secure new infrastructure to ORNL for open and sensitive R&D that is relevant to our nation’s energy security.


The technical manager will be accountable for the following to ORNL leadership:

  • Maintaining a healthy and consistent annual operating plan for the advanced manufacturing program in collaboration with line management and researchers
  • Facilitating the manufacturing related R&D budget to growth from $20 million to $50 million within a period of five years with thought leadership and strategic planning
  • Mentoring the growth of researchers in the area of advanced manufacturing throughout ORNL by collaboration with division directors and section leaders
  • Providing a tangible vision for emerging science and technology that is relevant to ORNL in collaboration with scientific and technical leadership (e.g., corporate fellows and governor’s chairs)
  • Maintain relationship with external organizations (e.g., SME, ASM, TMS, and others) and also manufacturing institutes (e.g. AmericaMakes®, IACMI®, LIFT®, CYMANII®) to act as conduit for ORNL researchers to show case their excellence in advanced manufacturing science and technology
  • Facilitate technology transition to tangible industrial partners.
  • Collaborate with ORNL division directors to maintain healthy portfolio of research papers and patents and communicate the same to broader audience through internet communication platforms approved by ORNL and DOE.


  • The manager will oversee the $20 million-dollar budget of annual operating plan (AOP) in collaboration with DOE-AMO program managers and ORNL’s leadership
  • The manager will work with program management and project leads to meet the milestones and deliverables that are part of the AOP
  • The manager will also oversee the development of strategic white papers and also maintain the agile roadmap that dictates the advanced manufacturing R&D portfolio that crosscuts the laboratory.
  • The manager will also be able to ramp up or ramp down the R&D portfolio based on the DOE guidance and also needs identified by our state and federal government with reference to sustaining the leadership in advanced manufacturing science and technology.



  • A Ph.D. in science or engineering disciplines and a minimum of 12 years’ experience in science and technology research, development, deployment, or demonstration or MS degree in in science or engineering disciplines and a minimum of 15 years’ experience in science and technology research, development, deployment, or demonstration
  • Demonstrated experience building and executing high impact research programs
  • Demonstrated ability to bring diverse people together to advance clean energy technologies


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.




This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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