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Group Leader, Instrument Development and Neutronics

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Group Leader for Instrument Development and Neutronics in the Neutron Instrument Technologies Section of the Neutron Technologies Division

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

Overview
We are seeking a Group Leader for Instrument Development & Neutronics in the Neutron Instrument Technologies Section of the Neutron Technologies Division (NTD). The Neutron Technologies Division’s mission is to develop and deploy critical technologies for instruments and target systems, to support operations in those areas and to execute projects in support of neutron sciences. The mission of the Neutron Instrument Technologies Section is to develop, deploy and support state-of-the-art technologies for SNS and HFIR instruments.

The Instrument Development & Neutronics Group develops new concepts for HFIR and SNS instruments, including automated and seamless integration across data streams, as well as developing new source concepts and technologies, and providing radiation transport calculations.

This group centralizes the main computational tools in use in NTD for neutron (more generally, particle) transport for the conceptual design of instruments, sources (targets and moderators), detectors, and shielding. This includes McStas, MCViNE, MCNP, and other software solutions that build upon these. Many ongoing projects at all three neutron sources at ORNL (HFIR, SNS first target station, SNS second target station) involve computations or simulations that use such code.

As the leader of this group you have a proven track record in the development of thermal neutron sources, or neutron scattering instrumentation. You are an experienced user of Monte Carlo computational methods in neutron scattering sciences, spallation physics and/or reactor physics.

Purpose
The Group Leader will provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership to the group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

The R&D Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. The R&D Group Leader reports to and works closely with the R&D Section Head to implement the group’s scientific vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; 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.

Research
We seek scientists/engineers/analysts that are recognized leaders in their area of technical expertise. They will initiate, lead and perform independent R&D on an ongoing basis.

Major duties/responsibilities 

Leadership

  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group research strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing research 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 R&D 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 R&D 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.

Service

  • 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, scientific passions, and research 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 scientific network and professional societies.
  • Hold regular scientific/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 cybersecurity policies and guidelines.

Accountabilities

  • 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 science and technology 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

Authorities

  • Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the R&D 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 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years experiences, B.S. with 15 years experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams
  • A general understanding of neutron scattering instruments (elastic, inelastic, reactor source, spallation source) and their scientific requirements.
  • This is a research leader position. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a proven track record of research within instrument development & neutronics with a good publication record..
  • Practical computational skills in a majority of these environments: C, C++, Fortran, Perl, Python.

Preferred qualifications

  • A general understanding of the physics of neutron production and moderation.
  • Experience with Monte Carlo/ray-tracing methods for neutron scattering conceptual instrument design.
  • Experience with particle transport code for activation and shielding analyses.
  • Access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. It is preferred that the successful candidate is qualified for obtaining export control licenses for codes in the nuclear engineering field.
  • Familiarity with standard neutron detectors, data acquisition electronics, and time-of-flight techniques.

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 jobs.ornl.gov
  • 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

Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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