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Group Lead, Radiochemical Separations Science

Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4524 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking a Group Leader for the Radiochemical Separation Science (RSS) group within the Radioisotope Research and Development Section for the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division.  This is position is to provide leadership in radiochemical separations and process development in support of isotope research, development, and production.

 

The group leader will provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership to the group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

 

The RSS group is responsible for radiochemical and radioisotope separations development, demonstration, and oversight supporting the research, development, and production of radioisotopes and/or feedstocks to produce radioisotopes. This group will work closely with other research groups to develop and scale-up advanced separations chemistries, conduct process development and system analysis needed to scale-up and optimize processes to meet desired demand levels. This group uses and develops advanced liquid-phase characterization techniques for improvement from fundamental knowledge of radioelement chemistry to production efficiency. The group also monitors, advises on, and evaluates the chemical separation operations conducted for the production processes in the glove boxes, caves, and hot cells. This group relies on analytical chemical services provided by other organizations to provide feedback on the chemical process operations, chemical insights for potential improvements.  The RSS Group utilizes glove boxes for small scale research, shielded caves for scale up of radioisotope production, and eventually hot cell environments.

 

The RSS Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. The R&D Group Leader reports to and works closely with the R&D Section Head to implement the group’s scientific vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities:  

 

Research

Scientists/engineers/analysts are recognized leaders in their area of technical expertise. Initiates, leads and performs independent R&D on an ongoing basis. 

 

Leadership

  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group research strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing research projects to position the group for future success. 
  • Develop and implement plans to exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
  • Assist staff in setting performance goals consistent with the group’s strategy and members’ long-term career goals. Provide feedback to address performance issues in a timely manner.
  • Provide relevant input to assist the R&D Section Head with staff development while providing direct and impactful guidance to staff on regular basis.
  • Attract a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hire staff members who are committed to world-class R&D and aspire to be the best in their field. 
  • Lead by example by exercising the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research.
  • Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles 
  • Lead ESH&Q by example and ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Exemplify a commitment to “One ORNL” by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab. 
  • Service
  • Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group.
  • Encourage staff to “think and dream big,” take appropriate risks in their work, and develop skills that will enable them to pursue new ideas, scientific passions, and research programs. 
  • Advance the reputation of the group members and standing of the group as a whole through establishing collaborations, Professional Society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical events.
  • Support group members by consistently reviewing technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
  • Build strong teams across ORNL. 
  • Connect staff to your scientific network and professional societies.
  • Hold regular scientific/technical group meetings and be visible in the labs and workplace.
  • Assume front-line responsibility for safety in the group’s laboratory; mentor and empower the Laboratory Space Managers to create a strong safety culture.
  • Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL cybersecurity policies and guidelines.

 

Accountabilities:

  • To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
  • To R&D section head, for world-leading science and technology directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services.
  • To customer, for the quality of products and service.

 

Authorities:

  • Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the R&D group.
  • Hold staff accountable for performance.
  • Act to ensure safe and effective operations.
  • Hire staff.
  • Certify the technical quality of the group’s products and services.

 

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years experience, or a B.S. with 15 years experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.  
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs. 

 

     Special Requirements: This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.

 

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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