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Division Director, Neutron Technologies Division

Date: Nov 26, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9166 


The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants with experienced leadership and strong technical/scientific background for the Division Director of the Neutron Technologies Division (NTD). The NTD director leads and coordinates staff and resources for neutron technology development and implementation at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), which are both operated by NScD. These two neutron facilities currently include 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out more than 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:



This position provides strategic leadership and overall management for NTD which currently has over 100 full time scientists, engineers, and technicians focused on developing and deploying innovative methods and technologies for transformative new approaches to neutron production and scattering. The division consists of 3 Sections: Neutron Instrument Technologies, Neutron Technologies Engineering, and Site Services.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Advance state-of-the-art in neutron generation and moderation for current and future ORNL neutron sources.
  • Provide engineering oversight and operational support for SNS source components, including the mercury target station.
  • Develop and support the technical components/systems supporting neutron instruments, including neutron optics, choppers, polarization devices, neutron detectors, and the hardware/software/interfaces enabling instrument control and data acquisition.
  • Identify enabling technologies that will allow for growth in size and impact of the neutron scattering programs at SNS and HFIR.
  • Support the conceptual development, planning, engineering design, and execution of major neutron scattering instrument projects, including both facility upgrades and new instrument construction.
  • Provide expertise to support directorate needs in survey, alignment, and metrology; neutronics; and the development of new neutron scattering methods/techniques.
  • Manage the Site Services oversight and engineering support for upgrades and maintenance activities around SNS (Chestnut Ridge).
  • Continue to develop strong resource management and consistent practices/standards for engineering projects.
  • Execute line management responsibilities including supervision of section heads, operating within the allocated budget, business plan preparation, salary planning, staff recruitment and development, employee relations, and performance management; may include supervision of staff matrixed from other ORNL Directorates.
  • Represent NScD for various review committees, advisory committees, visitors, conferences and workshops. Lead talks, lectures, and various tours for dignitaries.
  • Interface with the DOE site office and program office.
  • Assume the responsibilities of NScD Associate Lab Director in his/her absence as requested.
  • Commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct by holding yourself and others to the highest scientific, professional, and ethical standards. Read more about the ORNL research code of conduct here:
  • Commit to holding yourself and others to the highest standard for a healthy culture, including safety, security, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure compliance with Laboratory policies, standards, and procedures as documented in the Standards Based Management System, including but not limited to environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in Physics, Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or other science related field and at least 15 years of relevant experience.
  • Ten years of experience in neutron science or engineering management.
  • Demonstrated experience and vision required to advance the neutron scattering program at ORNL. Desire to work in a team environment, with collaboration at all levels, disciplines, and diverse cultural backgrounds of the organization.
  • A strong record in safe operations and continuous improvement activities.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Masters or PhD degree in physical science, engineering, or a related field.
  • Previous experience working in a DOE research program.
  • Previous experience at a neutron scattering facility.
  • Previous experience in managing construction and engineering projects.


Work Direction and Interfaces:

Reports to NScD ALD; Interfaces with NScD Division Directors and Chief Operating Office, Deputy Director for Science, Business, Operations, Safety and Human Resource Managers.




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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