$250K — $500K+*
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an individual to provide vision and leadership to strengthen and develop new capabilities in materials science, plan and implement strategies for new facilities and instrumentation, contribute to developing and implementing new initiatives in this area, and build their own world class research effort within this scientific domain. A key role of the successful candidate will be to serve as the lab’s liaison with the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Division of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). The person in this position will create an integrated strategy that leverages capabilities across multiple directorates including Energy and Environment, National Security, and Earth and Biological Systems as well as fostering national and international collaborations. This high visibility position has commensurate levels of responsibility. This individual will take full advantage of new Energy Sciences Capability building currently being constructed and ready for occupation in late 2021.
Currently the Materials program at PNNL consists of activities in the following areas:
The successful candidate is expected to immediately begin leading peer-reviewed fundamental research in an area complementary to the above efforts, drawing from the reservoir of staff performing the above technical work, enhancing ongoing research efforts, and strategically developing and executing a plan to secure support for future research activities, particularly sponsored by BES. The selected scientist must demonstrate a commitment to working with PNNL staff members and engaging those staff members in the broader research enterprise. Senior candidates will be expected to quickly establish themselves as independent principal investigators (PIs) through competitive proposals, and to help mentor junior staff towards proposal development and self-sufficiency.
In the role of PNNL liaison to BES-MSE, will steward PNNL’s BES-MSE portfolio and play a lead role in developing and executing PNNL’s strategy for advancing fundamental materials science research. As steward of the BES-MSE portfolio, responsibilities include: 1) working with PNNL principal Investigators to ensure that BES-MSE sponsored research is directed towards BES-MSE mission priorities, is well executed, and is appropriately reported, 2) communicating regularly with BES-MSE staff and 3) communicating the strategy, scientific focus, and accomplishments to PNNL Leadership, as well as external Advisory Committees and visitors. This activity will involve substantial in-person sponsor interaction.
In developing and executing PNNL’s strategy for advancing fundamental materials science research, responsibilities include: 1) working with PNNL Leadership and staff to define strategic directions that benefit from and enhance the broader strategic objectives of the Laboratory and the Directorates, 2) developing investment vehicles to execute the strategy, including acquisitions of infrastructure and equipment, nurturing of partnerships, workforce development and building scientific foundations through the use of Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to work with other offices at PNNL to enhance the diversity and recognition of the materials science community and individual materials scientists at PNNL.
This position is responsible for providing vision and guidance to strengthen and develop new capabilities at PNNL and then directly apply those capabilities to resolve the nation’s most critical materials challenges. Major areas of responsibility will include:
Level 5: Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Contributes to directorate level or lab level operational improvement activities.
Level 6: Conceives, plans, and realizes lab level R&D strategies and objectives. Demonstrates a high degree of scientific and technical creativity, foresight, and judgment in planning, organizing and guiding complex national and international programs. Defines and builds new business areas across directorates and institutions supporting self and multiple project teams across internal and external organizations. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Serves as a resource to lab level operational improvement activities
Valid through: 11/5/2020