We are seeking four R&D Group Leaders for the Materials Structure and Processing Science Section in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD). MSTD conducts fundamental and applied materials research for basic energy sciences programs and a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, conservation, fossil energy, fusion energy, nuclear power, and space exploration.
The selected group leaders will be part of the Materials Structure and Processing Science Section, which understands, develops and apply advanced processing techniques to obtain desired materials structures and properties across length scales. Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education.
- Alloy Behavior and Design — Develops fundamental understanding of how to design and synthesize structural and functional alloys (e.g. HEA) for extreme environments based on advanced microstructural characterization, and modeling and design techniques.
- Materials for Advanced Manufacturing — Designs, fabricates and characterizes the next generation of materials for use in advanced manufacturing.
- Materials Joining — Advances materials joining science through development of new joining technologies by understanding weld microstructure evolution, properties and performance.
- Materials Processing — Designs and develops next generation advanced processing techniques for development of hybrid and refractory materials for application in extreme environments by understanding processing pathways and thermodynamic/kinetics (e.g., CVD, CVI, densification).
The Group Leader will provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership to the group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.
The R&D Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. The R&D Group Leader reports to and works closely with the R&D Section Head to implement the group’s scientific vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; 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.
Scientists/engineers/analysts are recognized leaders in their area of technical expertise. Initiates, leads and performs independent R&D on an ongoing basis.
- Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group research strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing research 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 R&D 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 R&D 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, scientific passions, and research 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 scientific network and professional societies.
- Hold regular scientific/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 cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
- To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
- To R&D section head, 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
- Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the R&D 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 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12-year experience or a B.S. with 15-years of experience.
- Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams
- Ph.D. in field related to relevant Group(s)
- Experience managing research projects dealing with materials processing and manufacturing science and/or in collaboration with other technical domains, e.g. nuclear energy, transportation, etc.
- Demonstrated personal track record of high-impact publications.
- Demonstrated ability to manage teams of researchers to deliver world-leading materials research.
- Experience writing successful R&D proposals to multiple government agencies.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with senior levels of client management and others involved in technical endeavors.
- Demonstrated ability to write research plans, technical reports to a sponsor, and proposals and to develop and execute on a vision for future research relevant to modeling and simulation.
- A successful record of developing research partnerships and collaborative relationships with universities, industry, and research laboratories.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and good organizational skills.