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Collider Accelerator Department Chair

Brookhaven National Laboratory has a vacancy for a Collider Accelerator Department Chair

  • Closing date: 10 Apr 2021
  • United States | Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 11 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Engineering & instrumentation

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.

Organizational overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (CAD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at BNL. To support this program, the CAD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV. This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the CAD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The CAD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The CAD performs all these functions in an environmentally responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position description

BNL seeks a distinguished accelerator scientist or engineer with extensive expertise in the development and operation of large accelerator facilities and with a distinguished research record in Accelerator Science and Technology (AS&T) to lead CAD. CAD ( has a staff of about four hundred employees and a total annual budget of $200M. The Chair of CAD reports to the Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Efficient and safe management and operation of the CAD accelerator facilities for a large and international user community. The facilities presently comprise of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and its injectors, the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL), the Medical Isotope Research and Production program, and the Tandem facility with commercial users.
  • Advance and champion an active and world-leading accelerator R&D program and foster innovation through scientific collaborations within the laboratory and other accelerator labs worldwide.
  • Develop and drive a strategic long-term vision for the present and future accelerator facilities at CAD.
  • Attract, retain, and develop a diverse and engaged workforce for facility operations and vibrant R&D activities.
  • Effectively represent and communicate CAD’s activities and needs to all stakeholders, including CAD staff, the user community, the laboratory organizations, and funding agencies.

Position requirements

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • PhD in physics, engineering or other closely related field.
  • Well-known accomplishments in the field of accelerator physics and engineering, supported by an evidence of peer recognition and publications.
  • 20 years of relevant experience including five years of operational, management and supervisory experience in a DOE facility or equivalent, including leadership, fiscal, and human capital management.
  • Demonstrated experience of delivering excellent, efficient, and safe accelerator facility operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results through motivating people, leading teams with complementary strengths, building consensus, and problem-solving in a team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications capabilities, including developing and delivering presentations.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Familiarity with DOE programs, DOE Office of Science and US National Laboratories

Other information

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.

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.

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