Overview: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks an outstanding research leader for the position of Director of the Materials Science and Technology (MST) Division. The MST Division couples basic and applied research to discover, design, and develop new materials and processes to provide improved energy technologies and processes relevant to energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, conservation, fossil energy, fusion energy, nuclear power and other energy technologies. Basic and applied research programs are focused on the thrust areas of:
Theory and modeling at multiple scales
Design synthesis of alloys, structural ceramics, and specialized crystals, functional thin films and nanostructures
State-of-the-art characterization via electron microscopy, neutron scattering, and comprehensive physical and mechanical property measurements
Applied materials science and technology (such as structural materials, superconductivity, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, energy storage, carbon fiber and composites, among others)
Advanced manufacturing and materials processing (e.g., additive manufacturing, transient field processing, and others)
The MST Division is well-aligned with key areas of excellence at ORNL, including chemical sciences and interfacial processes, neutron science, nuclear science and engineering, energy technologies, and computation. The MST Division has strong ties with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, one of five Department of Energy national nanoscience user facilities; the Spallation Neutron Source; the High Flux Isotope Reactor, and the National Center for Computational Sciences. With basic and applied research programs in materials sciences, opportunities for collaborative research across the national laboratory environment are abundant. The MST Division also has extensive collaborations with outside universities and industry.
Direct a leading materials research organization with broad capabilities in materials synthesis and processing, atomic- to macro-scale structural/physical characterization, and computational-based theory, modeling and simulation that spans basic and applied research and includes extensive collaborations with universities and industry
Drive a vision for materials science and technology across MST and ORNL, identifying research opportunities in coordination with program offices and organizations inside and outside ORNL
Ensure a stimulating environment for creativity and scientific excellence that will attract and retain outstanding research staff
Manage resources and operations of a major research organization, identifying opportunities to enhance capabilities with respect to hiring staff, procuring equipment, and allocation of space
Foster clear communications within and outside MST, highlighting technical achievements and staff recognition, identifying opportunities, and addressing issues of importance for the organization
Mentor staff for professional success
Promote a culture of safety and equality in the workplace
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD in Physical Science, Materials Science, Engineering or closely related field
A minimum of fifteen years of professional research experience beyond the doctorate in a university, industry, or national laboratory
At least five years of experience leading multi-disciplinary research groups or organizations
Extensive experience identifying key expertise and assembling scientifically balanced research and development teams, with a focus on multi-disciplinary research groups or organizations
A distinguished record of research achievement, as evidenced by scholarly publications, patents, and/or funded research grants
The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L or Q clearance from the Department of Energy
A demonstrated record supporting the professional development of research staff
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and enjoy working in a team environment
Ability to foster and maintain high standards in Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) and Quality Assurance for all of the Division’s activities
Special Requirements: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L or Q clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Excellence in performance of the Laboratory requires excellence in the performance of our employees. ORNL recognizes this by offering competitive pay and benefits programs designed to attract and retain people who share our commitment to excellence. The Lab offers a multitude of employee benefits, including flexible work hours and wellness programs to help you and your family achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.
•Medical, dental, and vision insurance
•Flexible spending accounts
•Paid holidays, vacation, and leave
•Flexible working hours
•Employee wellness programs and onsite fitness centers
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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