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Group Leader, Sensor and Data Systems Research and Engineering

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8321 




Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking data management leader for our world class climate and environmental data centers in the  Environmental Sciences Division. ESD is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with more than 60 years of achievement in local, regional, national, and international environmental research. Our vision is to expand scientific knowledge and develop innovative strategies and technologies that will strengthen the nation’s leadership in creating solutions to help sustain the Earth’s natural resources. Our scientists conduct research, develop technology, and perform analyses to understand and assess responses of environmental systems at the environment-human interface and the consequences of alternative energy and environmental strategies.


This leadership position will be for the Sensor and Data Systems Research and Engineering Group. This group is responsible for the site sensor/data system architecture, monitoring of remote instruments, secured networking, cyber security, database deployment, data center computing architecture etc.



Major Duties/Responsibilities: 



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



  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing data programs to position the group for future success.
  • Work closely with data program PIs for identifying and addressing cyber infrastructure and other resource needs
  • 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.
  • Mentor, coach, and develop staff including promoting staff for career advancement and opportunities
  • Provide relevant input to assist the 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.
  • Represent ORNL and programs to sponsors and external stakeholders
  • 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.



  • Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group.
  • 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, data and software releases, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
  • Connect staff to your scientific/technical network and professional societies.
  • Hold regular technical group meetings and be visible in the labs and workplace.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years relevant experience or a B.S. with 15 years relevant experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading diverse teams that manages complex scientific data.


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 operations environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs to achieve the operational excellence.



  • To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
  • To section head and PIs, for world-leading data management and technology directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services.
  • To stakeholders and customers, for the quality of products and service.



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



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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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