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Group Leader, Relativistic Nuclear Physics

Date: Sep 25, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5942 


The Physics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a senior physicist in the Fundamental Physics Section to be the group leader of the Relativistic Nuclear Physics Group for work on experiments in ultra-relativistic nuclear collisions at the Large Hadron Collider and/or electron-ion reactions at the future Electron Ion Collider. This is a full-time position based on site at ORNL. Key activities include providing leadership within ORNL and within the scientific community in the analysis and publication of physics results from on-going experiments, operation of existing experimental systems, and development of detectors and physics programs for future experiments.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

As part of our research team, you will:


  • Lead and coordinate the activities of the ORNL Relativistic Nuclear Physics Group and represent the group at DOE scientific or project reviews, meetings with Long Range Planning Committees, and at scientific meetings and conferences as needed.
  • Assume a major leadership role in the design, proposal, funding, development, and construction of new experiments and new detector systems for experiments at the LHC and the Electron Ion Collider, building strong relationships with other members and institutions and managing major tasks within the project
  • Lead the design and construction of major subdetectors for future experiments
  • Guide and manage physics analysis team efforts on existing experiments
  • Work closely with the Section Head and other Group Leaders within the section to develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the section.
  • Demonstrate cross-functional team leadership.
  • Work across the Division to establish, communicate, and measure critical metrics for success and impact; benchmark against the best in the world.
  • Work closely with the Engineering Team of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate in the area of ASIC design.
  • Be a strong advocate for our overall program, effectively leveraging ORNL expertise in detector physics and project management.
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
  • Work with the Group Leaders and the Division Director to assess and calibrate individual staff performance across the section.  Evaluate progress regularly, providing feedback and addressing performance issues in a timely manner.
  • Develop and implement Succession Planning with input from Group Leaders for all critical positions in the section to ensure future success.
  • Drive staff promotions and development.
  • Employ best practices, such as holding regular meetings, being visible in the workplace, monitoring budgets, acknowledging sponsors, and adhering to ORNL business systems requirements regarding staff requests for foreign travel and submission of quality proposals.
  • Support the Division Director and Section Head in the operations of the division.
  • Actively contribute to shaping the division’s, directorate’s, and laboratory’s research plans and investments.
  • Build strong teams by collaborating across ORNL and securing external expertise when needed. Leverage ORNL facilities and resources when developing new projects.
  • 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.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Nuclear Physics or in a closely related discipline (e.g. nuclear chemistry or particle physics) with a minimum of 6 years of experience past PhD conferral


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An excellent record of leadership in relativistic nuclear physics, including notable publications in peer-reviewed journals and invited presentations at major conferences in the field
  • Demonstrated capability and familiarity in planning, coordination, and management of medium-to-large-scale experimental physics projects.
  • Knowledge of large-system integration.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work closely with and help lead a large international collaboration.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to set and manage priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines and adapt to changing requirements.
  • A creative and productive member in the international nuclear physics community with proven skills in team leadership and personnel organization



Special Requirements


Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


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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