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Group Leader, Controls Integration

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Group Leader for the Controls Integration Group

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 15 Aug 2020
  • United States | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 15 Jul 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Discipline: Accelerators, neutron & light sources 

We are seeking a Group Leader for the Controls Integration Group in the Neutron Sciences Research Accelerator Division (NScD RAD) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). 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 complex 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 the Controls Integration Group to strategically advance design and integration of collaborative control system solution group expertise for the SNS consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

Controls Integration Group
The Controls Integration Group designs, develops, maintains, supports and upgrades integrated high reliability controls solutions, including computing and network infrastructure, hardware, firmware and software for the SNS. These systems are used to effectively and efficiently operate the SNS complex and where common challenges exist, are sharable within the international scientific facility controls community. The Controls Integration Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership and excellence in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. The Controls Integration Group Leader reports to and works closely with the Control Systems Section Head to implement the group’s technical vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable projects to excel at the forefront of distributed control system best practices; works to solve technical challenges for engineering and 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 field by providing subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects and operations. Solves technical challenges for science, engineering, operations or projects.

The Controls Integration Group Leader will guide the design, development, maintenance, support and upgrades of integrated, high reliability control system solutions for the SNS and broader controls community where appropriate.

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 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 Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years relevant experiences, a M.S. with a minimum of 7 years experiences, a B.S. with 8 years relevant experiences, or significant relevant experiences.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams
  • Demonstrated experience leading the design and development of reliable, integrated control system solutions for accelerator and/or large experimental physics user facilities
  • Expert knowledge of modern, large, distributed, integrated control systems solutions including commercial, collaborative and custom hardware, firmware and software as used in scientific user facilities
  • Ability to write technical documents, develop project cost and schedule estimates and communicate clearly to a variety of technical and leadership personnel

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience managing and successfully delivering systems on cost and on schedule under DOE 413.3 projects
  • Experience with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Experience managing a large, EPICS based control system for a scientific user facility

In order to be considered, applicants must provide a 1-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

Special requirements
Position requires to ability walk distances up to one mile, climb ladders/stairs and lift up to 10 pounds.

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