We are seeking a Group Leader for the Technical Services, Finishing and Dispensing (TSFD) Group in the in the newly formed Radioisotope Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL.) The Radioisotope Science and Technology Division is responsible for production, handling, separations, and dispensing of a variety of nuclear materials. The Group Leader will provide leadership to a group that strategically advances technical professional subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs or operations consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.
Technical Services, Finishing and Dispensing - This group is responsible for providing radioisotopes to customer specifications, development of new techniques for unique product forms, final purification and product certification, and dispensing and packaging for handoff to ORNL Transportation Management for delivery to customers. This includes dispensings from both Bethel Valley and Melton Valley that are from established stock or do not require target irradiations for production. Examples of these include: Ac-225 (derived from decay of Th-229), Ra-223/Th227 (derived from decay of Ac-227), Th-229 (derived from decay of U-233), Ni-63, Tc-99, and all high purity actinides. Experience with operating under current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) is highly desired.
The Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. The Technical Group Leader reports to and works closely with the Production and Operations Section Head to implement the group’s technical vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of technical professional expertise; works to solve technical challenges for science, engineering, or technical projects and functions; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q)requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.
Technical professionals are recognized leaders in their area by providing subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs, or operations. Solves technical challenges for science, engineering, operations or projects.
- Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing technical projects to position the group for future success.
- 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.
- Provide relevant input to assist the Production and Operations 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 technology and aspire to be the best in their field.
- Lead by example by exercising the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research.
- Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles
- Lead ESH&Q by example 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.
- Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group.
- Encourage staff to “think and dream big,” take appropriate risks in their work, and develop skills that will enable them to pursue new ideas, technical passions, and programs.
- 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, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
- Build strong teams across ORNL.
- Connect staff to your network and professional societies.
- Hold regular technical group meetings and be visible in the labs and workplace.
- Assume front-line responsibility for safety in the group’s laboratory; mentor and empower the Laboratory Space Managers to create a strong safety culture.
- Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL security, cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
- To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
- To Production and Operations section head, for world-leading technical directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services.
- To customers and sponsors, for the quality of products and service
- Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading technical/technology directions for the group.
- Hold staff accountable for performance
- Act to ensure safe and effective operations
- Hire staff
- Certify the technical quality of the group’s products and services
- Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 7 years experience, a B.S. with 8 years relevant experience, or significant relevant experience.
- Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams
- Other qualifications are section specific