Associate Laboratory Director (Physical Sciences Area)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary is commensurate with experience.
December 12 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Associate Laboratory Director (Physical Sciences Area) - 85969

Organization: LD-Laboratory Directorate


Reporting to the Laboratory Director, the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Physical Sciences Area has Lab-wide responsibility for providing leadership, stewardship, and strategic vision for the Area. With a $125M budget, the Physical Sciences Area has a diverse and exciting program in experiment, theory, computing, and instrumentation, which is well-matched to national priorities. These priorities guide our current activities and inform our long-term strategy as we seek to answer questions about the nature of our universe. Current efforts include work on the high luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, building a unique gamma-ray spectrometer to be installed at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University, and developing new compact laser plasma accelerators that could transform accelerator-based science of all types. The Area also provides the engineering expertise needed for Berkeley Lab’s experiments, such as the Advanced Light Source Upgrade and SLAC’s LCLS II, and many others throughout the Dept. of Energy’s network of National Labs. The Physical Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab is situated in close proximity to the Lab’s five national user facilities: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Energy Sciences Network, Joint Genome Institute, Molecular Foundry, and Advanced Light Source.


The ALD oversees and collaborates with Directors of Nuclear Science, Physics, Engineering, and Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics divisions to ensure the success of both the Area and the Laboratory’s goals. In particular, the ALD will develop and drive the strategy to enhance synergy among the Area’s divisions, and support integrated teams between areas at Berkeley Lab. The ALD is responsible for strategic planning, responsible management of people and facilities, research quality and integrity, and communication about Physical Sciences Area research. They will be encouraged to develop or maintain an active research portfolio. In addition, they will act as a liaison to external agencies and other national laboratories, promote partnerships with academia and industry, and guide the development of externally sponsored basic research projects and programs consistent with the Laboratory’s overall vision and strategy. With the other ALDs, they actively participate in institutional research and management initiatives, develop cross-Area research proposals, and actively shepherd these efforts through their life cycle. The ALD is also a key member of the Laboratory’s senior leadership team providing advice, counsel, and insight to the Laboratory Director and Deputy Lab Directors on the formulation and execution of Berkeley Lab’s strategic priorities and initiatives.


• This is a full time career appointment.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


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