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Group Leader, Experimental Nuclear Structure & Astrophysics

Date: Jul 15, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6208 

Overview: 

We are seeking an R&D Group Leader for the Experimental Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics Group in the Nuclear Science and Advanced Technology Section of the Physics Division.  The Section delivers foundational knowledge in nuclear science and astrophysics through world-leading theoretical and experimental studies as well as associated radiation detection technologies for next generation nuclear solutions needed by the nation and the world. Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education.

 

The Experimental Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics Group delivers fundamental knowledge of atomic nuclei, their properties, decays, and interactions, as well as their cosmic origins, exploring the physics of exploding stars and nuclei at the extreme limits of stability and mass, and informing real-world challenges in nuclear science.  These investigations require obtaining beamtime at the national user facilities and the  building of advanced detectors for use at radioactive ion beam facilities at national and international laboratories and universities, with a focus on the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University.

 

Purpose

 

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 R&D 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.

 

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.
  • Develop a strong research program at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)
  • Lead the Super Heavy Element search program
  • Develop relationships across the laboratory and external to the laboratory
  • 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-year experience or a B.S. with 15-years of experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record of supporting the professional development of research staff, growing a world-class physics program, initiating new research directions and strong team building capability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and good organizational skills.
  • Ability to form productive partnerships with other ORNL Directorates, in particular the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate, the National Security and Science Directorate and the Computer and Computational Science Directorate. 
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Experience with developing and testing particle detectors is highly desired 

 

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.
 
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.

 

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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