Associate Laboratory Director Energy and Global Security Directorate

Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, Illinois
Salary commensurate with experience
May 31 2019
Physical Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Lab Manager

Associate Laboratory Director

Energy and Global Security Directorate
Requisition #406362 Argonne National Laboratory Lemont, Illinois (Suburb of Chicago)

Argonne is currently inviting applications for the position of Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) of the Energy and Global Security (EGS) Directorate, a large multidisciplinary applied research and development organization that addresses domestic and global sustainable energy and security issues. The EGS directorate supports four crosscutting strategic research initiatives: Manufacturing Science and Engineering, National Security Programs, Nuclear Energy Science and Technology, and Securing Energy and Critical Resources. These collaborative efforts draw upon expertise, capabilities, and facilities across the laboratory to expand the work performed within the directorate.

What makes EGS unique? Its people—our world-renowned scientists and engineers and dedicated support staff. This highly capable team pursues big, ambitious ideas that address our country’s most pressing energy and security challenges. Our research takes a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex challenges and developing useful technologies that can transform the marketplace and change the world.

Position Summary

The ALD provides senior leadership for EGS programs that span multiple scientific, engineering and technical disciplines and a variety of external sponsors. As a member of Argonne’s senior management team, the EGS ALD will work with the Laboratory Director, Deputy Directors, and the other Associate Laboratory Directors in setting Laboratory strategies and goals and supporting their implementation. The EGS ALD will build and strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations among stakeholders including external scientific, academic and industrial entities as well as develop, enhance and manage funding for programs under their direction. They will provide the overall strategic vision for the EGS Directorate including leadership of strategic initiatives, identification of new research opportunities and the recruitment and development of an outstanding and diverse science, engineering and technical staff to support the Directorate’s mission. They will oversee research and operational activities through a staff of executive line managers, including Division Directors who lead their respective areas in Applied Materials, Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies, Decision and Infrastructure Services, Energy Systems, Experimental Operations and Facilities, Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Strategic Security Sciences.



  • A minimum Master’s degree in a scientific/technical field is required with a Ph.D. preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large, diverse, high-performing technical organizations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and ability to set and execute cohesive and integrated strategies.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, working with agencies of the U.S. government that support scientific and technical research and development.
  • Established ability to identify research funding opportunities and build collaborative partnerships with universities, industrial partners and other R&D institutions.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and aligning scientific and engineering programs to anticipate and meet critical national and international security needs is preferred.
  • Experience in managing safe, secure, efficient facilities and operations in a large multidisciplinary environment.
  • Experience developing, managing, and motivating a high-performing and diverse population of multi-disciplinary technical and professional support teams and creating an environment consistent with the laboratory’s core values.
  • -Experience in the strategic incorporation of talent management and diversity and inclusion programs in overall workforce planning.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q-level clearance (U.S. Citizenship required).

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. For consideration, please apply via our website at:, refer to requisition #406362.

The position will remain open until filled.


About Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory was founded as a chemistry, materials and nuclear engineering laboratory in 1946, as the successor to the Manhattan Project’s Metallurgical Laboratory. Since then, as part of the Department of Energy (DOE) network of national laboratories, Argonne has built on its original strengths and expanded its mission in response to national needs. Today, Argonne serves America as a leading science and energy laboratory distinguished by the breadth of its research and development (R&D) capabilities combined with a unique portfolio of experimental and computational user facilities.

Located just outside Chicago, Argonne has been managed since its founding by The University of Chicago (UChicago), one of the world’s preeminent research universities. Argonne’s workforce of over 3200 includes over 1500 scientists and engineers. The Laboratory operates five world-renowned scientific user facilities, which together support nearly 8,000 researchers annually.

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