We are seeking an individual to carry out research and coordinate ORNL development and involvement in partnerships with the private sector in fusion energy research and development. Leveraging recent growth in private investor interest in fusion development, this position will work closely with the Fusion Energy Division Director to motivate, identify, evaluate, and secure opportunities for ORNL partnerships with privately funded companies in areas that mutually benefit both the Lab and the private companies in fusion energy development.
As part of a research and development team focused on providing solutions to critical issues for practical fusion energy development, the incumbent will carry out and coordinate research that supports the technical development and/or evaluation of new technologies proposed and developed by private industry. The incumbent will serve as the director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program with the mission of accelerating fusion energy development in the private sector by reducing impediments to collaboration involving the expertise and unique resources available at DOE laboratories. The incumbent will establish the technical basis and justification for engagement by ORNL in such activities and work with the FED Division Director and the private industry contacts to establish a technical work plan that is mutually beneficial to both parties.
In addition, the successful candidate will engage in identifying compelling research opportunities within the private fusion enterprise for which ORNL expertise and/or capabilities are well suited for a partnership.
Coordinate the development of fusion public-private partnerships at ORNL, working closely with the FED Division Director, ORNL staff and private industry participants
Serve as director of the DOE INFUSE program
Establish and nurture working relationships with private companies that are engaged or seek to be involved in fusion development
Advise the FED Division Director on emerging trends and opportunities in private fusion investment and those initiatives in which the Lab is well positioned to participate
Maintain a high level of scientific productivity
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
Perform work according to specific rules and requirements for quality assurance, nuclear material control, radiological work, and general laboratory safety.
Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years experiences, or a B.S. with 15 years experience.
Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams
Scientific productivity demonstrated by a record of lead-authored publications (published, accepted, or submitted)
Hands-on experience in working in research partnerships, either through research participation or coordination role
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently in conceptualizing, initiating, and evaluating research opportunities
Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
Demonstrated ability to establish, nurture, and execute on technical partnerships with external participants
Capability to develop compelling, actionable research and development plans
Ability to motivate and coordinate research staff towards common goals
Internal Number: 3852
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.
ORNL supports these missions through leadership in four major areas of science and technology:
Neutr...ons—We operate two of the world’s leading neutron sources, which enable scientists and engineers to gain new insights into materials and biological systems;
Computing—We accelerate scientific discovery through modeling and simulation on powerful supercomputers, advance data-intensive science, and sustain US leadership in high-performance computing;
Materials—We integrate basic and applied research to develop advanced materials for energy applications;
Nuclear—We advance the scientific basis for 21st century nuclear fission and fusion technologies and systems, and we produce isotopes for research, industry, and medicine.
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