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Group Leader, DAQ Development

Date: Jan 21, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 3661 

Overview: 

We are seeking a Group Leader for DAQ Development in the Neutron Instrument Technologies Section of the Neutron Technologies Division (NTD). Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education. The Neutron Technologies Division’s mission is to develop and deploy critical technologies for instruments and target systems, to support operations in those areas and to execute projects in support of neutron sciences. The mission of the Neutron Instrument Technologies Section is to develop, deploy and support state-of-the-art technologies for SNS and HFIR instruments.

 

The Data Acquisition (DAQ) Development Group develops, deploys and supports software and electronics hardware for acquiring data, as well as the high-level user interfaces for conducting experiments. The group supports the improvements of the SNS and HFIR neutron scattering instruments in three broad areas: designing, building and maintaining custom and commercial electronics for acquiring neutron scattering data; developing and supporting software for acquiring, processing and managing data; developing and supporting software and user interfaces for beam line control, data collection and experiment automation. Software and hardware engineers are utilizing the latest technologies to build state-of-the-art applications for efficient and reliable operations of neutron scattering instruments. The group is closely collaborating with the DAQ Integration group to provide complete data acquisition and controls system.

 

 

Purpose

Provide leadership to a group that strategically advances technical professional subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs or operations consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

 

The Technical Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. The Technical Group Leader reports to and works closely with the Section Head to implement the group’s technical vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of technical professional expertise; works to solve technical challenges for science, engineering, or technical projects and functions; 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.

 

Technical

Technical professionals are recognized leaders in their area by providing subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs, or operations. Solves technical challenges for science, engineering, operations or projects.

 

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

 

Leadership

  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing technical 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 Technical 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 technology 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, technical passions, and 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 network and professional societies.
  • Hold regular 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 security, 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 technical 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 technical/technology directions for the 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 4 years relevant experiences, a M.S. with a minimum of 7 years experiences, a B.S. with 8 years relevant experiences, or significant relevant experiences.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams
  • Demonstrated technical expertise which includes one or more of the following: data acquisition systems for scientific research; high-level software for assisting scientific experiments; or software and hardware solutions for scientific user facilities.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research or technical experience at a neutron scattering facility, synchrotron or FEL light source, or other experimental physics project or user facility.
  • Experience with the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control Systems (EPICS) toolkit.
  • Broad overview of hardware and software technologies used in a scientific research environment.
  • Experience with design of efficient user interfaces.
  • Programming experience in modern object-oriented programming languages or VHDL firmware programming for conducting high-level code reviews.
  • Experience with team collaboration processes and tools.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
  • Collaboration in open-source community projects.

 

In order to be considered, applicants must provide a 1-page Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should consist of your scientific vision for the position’s relevant field of science over the next 5-10 years.
 
In order to submit your vision statement, please follow these instructions:
•    Login to your application at jobs.ornl.gov 
•    Navigate to your Candidate Profile
•    Under the “Documents” tab, you should see an option to “Attach a Document”
•    Select the option to attach a document, and upload your vision statement there



Relocation:  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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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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