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Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD)

Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 3915 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


We seek to hire an Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD). ESTD plays a pivotal role in America’s energy transformation into a clean, efficient, flexible, and secure energy future. Our researchers deliver breakthroughs in energy from generation to distribution and storage to end use in support of Department of Energy missions. ESTD offers a unique culture of entrepreneurship for translating science into solutions for the most critical problems facing society at the nexus of energy and security.


The ALD serves as an executive member supporting the Laboratory Director in accomplishing ORNL mission. In this capacity, you will lead the science and technology programs in energy science and technology with leadership responsibilities in three integrating roles to: 1) establish a compelling

future vision complemented with a strategic execution plan, 2) strengthen stakeholder engagement and relationship management with major sponsors, and 3) drive staff professional growth and development while creating organizational momentum that enhances our facilities and capabilities.




Role and Responsibilities

• Lead energy science and technology research for the Laboratory including developing and implementation of scientific strategy to sustain national and international prominence.

• Serve as primary liaison with EERE, OE, CESER, and FE ensuring the science and technology research

programs are meeting client needs in coordination with division and program management.

• Develop research programs and strategic partnerships with other national laboratories, colleges and

universities, other research institutions, and public and private corporations.

• Drive strategic initiatives for the directorate in the areas of buildings and transportation science,

manufacturing science, and electrification and energy infrastructures research.

• Work with the Laboratory Director’s office to position the laboratory through strategically Laboratory-

Directed Research and Development opportunities.

• Establish new capabilities, and provide sustainability and growth for applied user facilities that are

foundational to the enduring missions of ORNL.

• Manage programmatic funds and discretionary investments for research and program development.

• Act as steward for laboratory operations, facilities, capital, and equipment. Direct line management

responsibilities for the Buildings and Transportation Science Division, the Manufacturing Science Division, and the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division.

• Maintain compliance with Laboratory policies, standards, and procedures. Implement operational standards to meet the expectations of the Laboratory Agenda.

• Advise leadership of research activities, program development, strategic initiatives and associated

operational risks and hazards.

• Develop and manage self-assessment programs assuring alignment with the Laboratory Critical

Outcomes, the Laboratory Agenda, and other internal or DOE performance metrics.

• Act as the primary Directorate contact, representing the Directorate on Lab-Level committees, task forces, and working groups with a shared responsibility for the overall lab wide science and technology strategy.

• Drive commercialization activities through directorate business plans and strategies, as well as collaboration with industries locally and throughout the region.

• Identify staffing and other resource requirements. Support recruiting initiatives in diversity, in fellowships, and in university relations.

• Foster initiatives for employee development through mentoring, performance, and succession planning.

• Create and nurture an environment that promotes and embraces a diverse workforce.

• Promote a culture of scientific excellence, while performing work in a safe and secure manner.



• Ph.D. in field related to research conducted in a large Division or Directorate with a minimum of 3–10 years of demonstrated executive management experience, including leading large complex and interdisciplinary research programs and organizations.

• A nationally recognized research stature in one of the disciplines within Energy Science and Technology and experience in managing large multidisciplinary science programs.

• Experience with communicating with key stakeholders, clients, program sponsors, internal staff, and regarded as a leading expert and visionary in the field of energy, or engineering sciences.

• Demonstrated experience of successfully developing, implementing, and executing scientific strategy with engagement from critical stakeholders.

• Experience with the DOE Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Electricity; Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; and Fossil Energy is preferred.



This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
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To learn more about the Energy Science and Technology Directorate, please visit our Energy Science and Technology Directorate Brochure


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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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