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Fusion Energy Sciences Associate Director, DOE Office of Science

Department of Energy
Germantown, MD
$178,063 - $203,700 per year
Closing date
Oct 24, 2022

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Fusion Energy Sciences Associate Director, DOE Office of Science

Position:                         Associate Director, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences


Organization:                Department of Energy, Office of Science, Headquarters


Duty Station:                 Germantown, MD, with the option for telework as determined by agency policy.


Where to Apply:            USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Closing Date:                 10/24/2022


The Office of Science is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding in this area. It oversees and is the principal federal funding agency of the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, fusion energy sciences, materials and chemical sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computing sciences.

The mission of the Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program is to expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperatures and densities and to build the scientific foundation needed to develop a fusion energy source. High-temperature laboratory fusion plasmas at hundreds of millions of degrees are being exploited to become the basis for a future clean energy source. Once developed, fusion will provide a clean energy source well-suited for on-demand, dispatchable electricity production, supplementing intermittent renewables and fission. Energy from fusion will be carbon-free, inherently safe, with a virtually limitless fuel supply, and without the production of long-lived radioactive waste. Developing fusion energy is the motivation for the FES subprograms focused on study of the “burning plasma” state of matter, for which self-heating from fusion reactions exceeds external heating and leads to net energy production.


The FES program also supports discovery plasma science in research areas such as plasma astrophysics, high-energy-density laboratory plasmas, and low-temperature plasmas. Plasma science is wide-ranging, with various types of plasma comprising 99 percent of the visible universe. Practical applications of plasmas are found in microelectronics fabrication, nanomaterial synthesis, and space weather forecasting. Some of this research is carried out through partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Advances in plasma science have led to many spinoff applications and enabling technologies with economic and societal impact.



As the Associate Director, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, you will:


  • Serve as an international expert in the areas of research and the scientific user facilities supported by the Office's program. Formulate program goals, strategic directions, priorities, and plans for the Office, factoring in advice provided by the scientific advisory committee, as appropriate. Formulate, direct, implement, administer, evaluate, and defend programs and policies necessary for the efficient implementation of a complex, comprehensive program in fusion energy sciences / plasma sciences research. Prepare complex reports, papers, and policies on subjects covering areas of research and the scientific user facilities to be used by a variety of individuals and/groups. Develop the budget requirements for activities at national laboratories, universities, and other research institutions. Assist the head of the organization in formulating budget requests and defending budget requests through DOE, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Congressional committees.
  • Integrate the efforts of the program elements, particularly the elements that support research with those that support the design, construction, and operations of instrumentation and the scientific user facilities. Integrate the program with other organizational programs; other DOE and Federal research programs such as those of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Assure effective interagency planning, coordination, and evaluation of programs that cut across agencies.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application via USAJobs at to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the announcement closing date to receive consideration. Please ensure that all required application documents, including Merit Technical Qualifications (MTQs), are provided before the deadline.




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