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Laboratory Director

Brookhaven National Lab
Upton, New York (US)
Commensurate with education and experience
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Aug 17, 2022

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Laboratory Director

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader with a demonstrated record of high achievement in leading-edge scientific research and management to serve as the Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Brookhaven Lab delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. One of 10 national labs primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and 75 years of pioneering research.

The Laboratory's 2,600-plus staff members lead and support diverse research teams that advance DOE’s missions, addressing the nation’s energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Brookhaven Lab’s current initiatives include nuclear science, energy science, data science, particle physics, accelerator science and technology, quantitative plant science, and quantum information science.

Brookhaven Lab staff build and operate unique research facilities and tools used by interdisciplinary teams of scientists from Brookhaven and other national labs, academia, and industry. These facilities include the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider—the only operating particle collider in the U.S.; the National Synchrotron Light Source II—one of the brightest sources of light on the planet; the Center for Functional Nanomaterials; and the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory.

In fiscal year 2021, the Laboratory attracted 4,400 facility users and guest researchers from across the U.S. and from countries around the world. The Laboratory also offers robust STEM education and workforce development programs that serve more than 30,000 students and teachers annually.

The Laboratory Director reports to the Board of Directors of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) and serves as Brookhaven Lab’s primary liaison to the DOE’s Office of Science. The Laboratory Director oversees an annual budget of more than $700 million from the DOE and other governmental agencies. The Laboratory Director also leads the Lab’s Policy Council, the senior management team that establishes strategies to ensure safe and productive pursuit of the Laboratory’s multiple scientific missions and simultaneous excellence in Science & Technology, Operations, and Community Relations.

The Laboratory Director works closely with the BSA Board and its committees, the National Laboratory Directors’ Council, the DOE, elected representatives on the local, state, and federal levels, and local community leaders to ensure the success of the Lab’s mission and strategy.

Position Description

Key Responsibilities

  • Inspire and engage the Laboratory and its regional, national, and international partners with an exciting vision for the future
  • Lead the Brookhaven Lab community in formulating and implementing a strategic vision to deliver on the outcomes that are embedded in the Lab’s mission.  This includes providing leadership that enables the identification and pursuit of new opportunities in areas where the Lab can leverage its unique and evolving scientific expertise and capabilities to enhance DOE’s broader missions.
  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration in mutually beneficial ways across the Lab and other constituents and stakeholders, including DOE and its laboratories, affiliated universities, BSA partners, and the region.
  • Direct the Laboratory’s approach to significant business opportunities and challenges that can include:
  • Sustaining and expanding funding for national science goals
  • Identifying and funding programs to sustain the site, including investing in new science facilities and infrastructure upgrades
  • Continuing to ensure the Lab is operating in a cost-effective manner
  • Balancing investment decisions to assure a vibrant future for the Laboratory
  • Set expectations for institutional priorities, performance, and outcomes.
  • Lead the formulation and implementation of infrastructure improvement strategies.
  • Attract, develop, and retain the highest quality diverse scientific, managerial, and professional leadership to ensure a future talent pipeline.  Delegate responsibility and authority, set goals for, and evaluate the performance of the senior leadership team. 
  • Demonstrate leadership and commitment to organizational values ( including environment, safety and health, equal opportunity, inclusion and workforce diversity, quality management, a respectful and supportive work environment, and respect for the community and stakeholder representatives 

Position Requirements

Professional and Personal Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in relevant field; demonstrated track record of scientific achievement and strong credentials
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, including creating a compelling vision and associated strategy for a complex research organization and gaining commitment to the strategy from internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of staff and leadership within the framework of diversity, equity, and inclusion as the path to excellence
  • Record of success in achieving scientific, operational, and strategic objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in operations to include safety, security, facility management, financial operations, environmental management, and information systems management
  • Record of ability to implement strategy, align staff and resources to achieve goals and to build and direct diverse, multidisciplinary organizations
  • Record of exceptional leadership and management development and accomplishment, particularly in a DOE national laboratory or other complex research setting
  • Strong leadership presence, including exceptional communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire others to action. Willingness and ability to engage with staff at all levels.
  • Strong self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses—with appropriate modesty. Ability to speak openly and honestly about difficult issues. A sense of humor.
  • Ability to work in a team setting, both as a leader and as a member—especially with both the Deputy Directors for Science and Technology and Operations, as well as with the members of the Policy Council
  • Outstanding working knowledge of DOE missions, organizations, structures and programs; demonstrated record of obtaining funding from state and federal agencies (e.g., Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
  • Ability to build successful relationships with key constituents, including elected officials, political appointees, government and other funding sponsors, peers, and partners
  • Ability to develop industrial relationships for advanced technology development and deployment. Working knowledge of industry and commercial practices in advanced research and partnering
  • National perspective of the rapidly changing research environment, including new or developing opportunities, and the skills to align the Lab accordingly
  • Genuine passion and excitement about Brookhaven National Laboratory and the role
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis).

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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