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Section Head, Science Engagement

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4724 

 

Overview

 

We are seeking a Section Head for Scientific Engagement in the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS). NCCS Provides state-of-the-art computational and data science infrastructure coupled with dedicated technical and scientific professionals. NCCS hosts the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), one of DOE’s National User Facilities. Members of the Scientifc Engagement Section partner with OLCF users to tackle large-scale computational problems across a broad range of scientific domains for accelerating scientific discovery and engineering advances. 

 

The Section Head leads the four groups listed below within the Scientific Engagement Section:


Advanced Computing for Chemistry and Materials Group— Partners with HPC and data analytics users in the chemical and materials sciences
 

Advanced Computing for Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics Group — Partners with HPC and data analytics users in nuclear physics (nuclear structure and quantum chromodynamics), particle physics (high energy physics) and astrophysics (stellar evolution and cosmology)
 

Advanced Computing for Life Sciences and Engineering Group — Partners with HPC and data analytics users in climate science, geophysics, biology, biomedical sciences, and engineering
 

Algorithms and Performance Analysis Group — Partners with HPC and data analytics users on algorithmic and performance improvements and characterize application performance and application requirements

 

Members of the Scientifc Engagement Section liaise with and represent users and user applications within NCCS, carry out independent research, and provide broad expertise, technical input and service within the division to assist in strategic decision making, future system and infrastructure development, procurement and deployment, and to further the mission of NCCS and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

 

Purpose

 

 

Provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership to a thematic area of science and technology that integrates several thematically aligned R&D groups consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

 

In this role you will work closely with the Division Director and section Group Leaders to establish and implement the science and technology directions for the section; support the Group Leaders to ensure their success and the success of the R&D groups as world-recognized leaders in their fields; ensure that staff members understand business opportunities; identify links to current and future funding opportunities and R&D programs; develop and implement consistent processes for the peer-review of proposals consistent with lab standards; model proper Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality practices; and ensure 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

We seek a recognized science leader with significantly advanced computational knowledge in their respective domain.  Their work directly impacts the present or future of the NCCS and ORNL in significant ways.  They will initiate, lead and deliver R&D programs and initiatives on an ongoing basis.  

 

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities

 

 

Leadership

 

 

  • Work closely with the Division Director and Group Leaders within the section to develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading computational and data science and technology directions for the section. Demonstrate cross-functional team leadership.
  • Support Division Director in the operations of the division and represent Director when Director is not available.
  • Work with section Group Leaders to establish, communicate, and measure critical metrics for success and impact. Benchmark against the best in the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensure groups are recruiting and hiring from a diverse pool of top candidates who are committed to world-class research and aspire to be the best in their field.  Approve job offers.
  • Drive staff promotions and development.
  • Address in a timely manner all concerns expressed by staff and any disciplinary actions.
  • Lead by example, using the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research and in dealing with others.
  • 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.
  • Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles 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 direct supervisor for section Group Leaders.
  • Counsel/consult/mentor staff and transfer knowledge of specialized field(s) to a variety of staff, including senior staff. 
  • Connect staff to your network.  Assist Group Leaders (and R&D staff when appropriate) in setting long-term career goals.  Identify additional mentors as appropriate and engage senior staff to act in this capacity.   
  • Be open and transparent in communicating information to your groups and communicate staff achievements and changes to stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Work with Group Leaders to ensure staff are participating actively in professional service (engagement in scientific societies, workshop and conference organization, peer review, advisory board membership, etc.).
  • Advocate for and support internal and external recognition of staff achievements.  Ensure the Section’s external professional presence is strong.
  • Communicate funding/proposal opportunities to staff and support proposal development as appropriate (mentoring, proposal reviews, budget preparation, etc.).
  • Ensure that staff manage their research projects effectively to deliver results on scope, schedule, and budget while meeting scientific, technical, and business expectations. 
  • Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
  • Recognize and support the contributions and responsibilities of Group Leaders and Laboratory Space Managers to lab safety.

 

 

Accountabilities

 

 

  • To section staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
  • To organization managers, 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 computational and data science and technology directions for the section.
  • Hold group leaders accountable for performance
  • Act to ensure safe and effective operations
  • Hire group leaders

 

 

Basic Qualifications

 

 

  • Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 12-year relevant experience outside of degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams.

 

 

Preferred Qualifications

 

 

  • History of engagement with Department of Energy and national laboratory complex in computational science, with specific experience with the Leadership Computing Facility
  • General knowledge of the broad mission space of the DOE Office of Science
  • Exceptional communication, planning, collaboration, and customer service skills.

 

Benefits at ORNL

 

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic, and free Fitness facilities.   

 

Relocation 

 

UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for this position.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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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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