Division Director - Physics

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
April 26 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

PurposeThe Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks an outstanding research leader for the position of Director of the Physics Division. Physics Division R&D focuses on answering fundamental science questions: What are the nuclear reactions that drive stellar explosions? How does nuclear matter organize itself? What are the properties of nuclear interactions? Why is there more matter than antimatter in the universe? Is the neutrino its own antiparticle? What are the properties of matter that existed just after the Big Bang?  Physics Division staff address these questions by developing experimental techniques and detectors systems, performing experiments at national and international user facilities, and developing nuclear theory that is ultimately used to guide experiments and confront experimental results.  The Division continues its leadership in the physics of nuclei and nuclear astrophysics, including research to discover super-heavy elements. It plays a leading role in the area of Fundamental Symmetries where we develop unique experiments for investigating neutron decay and scattering in order to determine parameters of the Standard Model. The Division also leads the neutron Electric Dipole Moment experiment at the SNS. The Division also plays important roles in relativistic heavy ion physics at the LHC, leading the US efforts at the ALICE experiment. ORNL is the lead Laboratory for the neutrino Majorana Demonstrator and is planning for the ton-scale experiment, LEGEND, to determine fundamental properties of the neutrino. Physics Division also hosts HEP neutrino experiments at HFIR (PROSPECT) and the SNS (COHERENT). The Division is also home of the Enriched Stable Isotope Pilot Production facility and future Stable Isotope Production Facility.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The Physics Division Director role provides a unique opportunity for a highly motivated research leader to shape the future direction of an exceptional research program. The Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Defining and leading an innovative research program in nuclear and high-energy physics to provide a distinctive and world-leading scientific identity for the Physics Division.
  • Ensuring a stimulating environment for creativity and scientific excellence that will attract and retain outstanding research staff
  • Managing resources and operations of a nuclear physics research organization by identifying opportunities to enhance capabilities with respect to hiring staff, procuring equipment, and allocation of space
  • Fostering clear communications within and outside Physics Division, highlighting technical achievements and staff recognition, identifying opportunities, and addressing issues of importance for the organization
  • Mentoring staff for professional success
  • Promoting a culture of safety and equality in the workplace
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Qualifications Required:  

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field
  • A minimum of fifteen years of professional research experience beyond the doctorate in academia, industry, or national laboratory
  • At least five years of experience leading multi-disciplinary research groups or organizations
  • A distinguished record of research achievement, as evidenced by scholarly publications, patents, and/or funded research grants

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a demonstrated record of 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
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Q Clearance after employment

Please provide a CV and list of publications when applying for this position.  Five letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov.  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.  

Work Direction and Interfaces: Position reports to the Associate Lab Director, Physical Sciences Directorate. Interfaces with administrative staff, technical peers, program managers, sponsors, managers and visitors to ORNL.

For more information about ORNL and the Physics Division, visit http://www.ornl.gov  and http://www.phy.ornl.gov.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.