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Group Leader, Materials Engineering

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Date: Nov 5, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 3582 


We are seeking a Group Leader for Materials Engineering in the Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) of the Neutron Sciences Directorate. The Neutron Sciences Directorate operates two neutron facilities on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy: the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). NSD’s mission is to develop world-class neutron scattering methods, approaches, and instrumentation; lead and support a vibrant user program; and perform cutting-edge scientific research that benefits from and contributes to these advances. NSD works with scientists from around the world and from a wide range of fields to solve critical research problems in fundamental and applied sciences.

The Materials Engineering group develops neutron scattering, diffraction, and imaging methods used for the study of materials under mechanical loading, under operating conditions, and under extremes of pressure or temperature; performs scientific studies using specialized neutron instruments and sample environments, and participates as integral partner in user research. The group is responsible for the following instruments (see for details): SNS BL-3 (SNAP), BL-7 (VULCAN), BL-10 (VENUS, under construction); HFIR HB-2B (NRSF-2), CG-1D (IMAGING), as well as x-ray laboratories.



The R&D Group Leader provides 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 with 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.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 



Scientists/engineers/analysts are recognized leaders in their area of technical expertise. The Group Leader initiates, leads and performs independent R&D on an ongoing basis.  The Group Leader develops and implements a vision for a leading user program and actively supports users in their research.





  • Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group.
  • Provide direct support to users on beamline(s) operated by the 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, emphasizing excellence in user support, 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.



  • To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
  • To R&D section head, for a world-leading user program and 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, including the user community, for the quality of products and service.



  • Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue a world-leading user program and 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:


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the following areas is of particular interest: use of neutron methods for the study of materials engineering topics, the study of materials under extreme pressures, or neutron imaging; analysis of neutron scattering data, and the use of advanced sample environments in neutron experiments. This position requires successful completion of required training, including radiological training.


When applying to this position, please submit a 1-page Vision Statement for the Group, addressing the role of your own research within this vision, and the inclusion of users into the implementation of this vision.


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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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