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Group Leader, Accelerator Operations

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Group Leader for the Accelerator Operations Group in the Research Accelerator Division

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 04 Sep 2020
  • United States | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 04 Aug 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Discipline: Accelerators, neutron & light sources 


We are seeking a Group Leader for the Accelerator Operations Group in the Research Accelerator Division (RAD). Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education. The Research Accelerator Division’s mission is to safely and reliably operate the SNS Accelerator and Target and to execute impactful Accelerator R&D focused on SNS improvements and strategic opportunities, all in support of delivering neutrons for impactful scientific discovery.


Provide leadership to a group that strategically advances technical professional subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs or operations consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

The SNS Accelerator Operations Group is responsible for safe, efficient, and effective operation of all Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accelerator systems in compliance with the Operations and Accelerator Safety Envelopes. Group responsibilities are carried out via 24/4 Central Control Room shift operations in adherence to the SNS Operations Procedures Manual.

The Accelerator Operations Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership in their field, nurturing ORNL’s culture among group members, and continuing to build and expand individual’s excellence and impact. The Accelerator Operations Group Leader reports to and works closely with the Operations, Integration and Maintenance Section Head to implement the group’s technical vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of technical professional expertise; works to solve technical challenges for science, engineering, or technical projects and functions; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated – a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.


Technical professionals are recognized leaders in their area by providing subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs, or operations. They solve technical challenges for science, engineering, operations and projects.

The Accelerator Operations Group Leader will guide the oversight of and provide direct supervision to the accelerator operations rotating shift personnel (Control Room Shift Supervisors and Control Room Accelerator Specialists). The Group Leader will provide technical and administrative expertise during accelerator operations and coordinate operations activities ensuring adherence to Conduct of Operations precepts. They will develop and maintain the accelerator operations shift schedule to support the approved SNS operating schedule. They may assume authority for accelerator operations during the absence of the Section Leader. The Group Leader is responsible for the implementation, maintenance, and review of the SNS Operations Procedures Manual and for ensuring training for the control room staff is effective and current.

Major duties/responsibilities 


  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing technical projects to position the group for future success
  • Develop and implement plans to exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts
  • Assist staff in setting performance goals consistent with the group’s strategy and members’ long-term career goals. Provide feedback to address performance issues in a timely manner
  • Provide relevant input to assist the Technical Section Head with staff development while providing direct and impactful guidance to staff on regular basis
  • Attract a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hire staff members who are committed to world-class technology and aspire to be the best in their field
  • Lead by example by exercising the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research
  • Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles
  • Lead ESH&Q by example and ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures
  • Exemplify a commitment to “One ORNL” by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab


  • Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group
  • Encourage staff to “think and dream big,” take appropriate risks in their work, and develop skills that will enable them to pursue new ideas, technical passions, and programs
  • Advance the reputation of the group members and standing of the group as a whole through establishing collaborations, Professional Society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical events
  • Support group members by consistently reviewing technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards
  • Build strong teams across ORNL
  • Connect staff to your network and professional societies
  • Hold regular technical group meetings and be visible in the labs and workplace
  • Assume front-line responsibility for safety in the group’s laboratory; mentor and empower the Laboratory Space Managers to create a strong safety culture
  • Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL security, cybersecurity policies and guidelines


  • To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth
  • To R&D section head, for world-leading technical directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services
  • To customer, for the quality of products and service


  • Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading technical/technology directions for the group
  • Hold staff accountable for performance
  • Act to ensure safe and effective operations
  • Hire staff
  • Certify the technical quality of the group’s products and services

Basic qualifications

  • Requires a PhD with a minimum of four years relevant experience, a MS with a minimum of seven years experience, a BS with eight years relevant experience, or significant relevant experience
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams
  • Demonstrated experience in scheduling of 24/7 operations
  • Knowledge of Conduct of Operations
  • Must be a qualified SNS Control Room Shift Supervisor

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of the SNS Accelerator Safety and Operations Envelope
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

In order to be considered, applicants must provide a one-page Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should consist of your scientific vision for the position’s relevant field of science over the next 5–10 years.

In order to submit your vision statement, please follow these instructions:

  • Login to your application at
  • Navigate to your Candidate Profile
  • Under the “Documents” tab, you should see an option to “Attach a Document”
  • Select the option to attach a document, and upload your vision statement there

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