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Nuclear Science Division Director

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking a Nuclear Science Division Director

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 30 May 2021
  • United States | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 30 Apr 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Nuclear, fusion & energy  | Accelerators, neutron & light sources 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking a dynamic scientific leader with an international reputation and outstanding record of scientific accomplishment to serve as the Director of the Nuclear Science Division. Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, the Nuclear Science Division Director is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the research and operations activities of the Division, overseeing an annual budget of approximately $45 million and a staff of 100 employees and 200 affiliates. The Director has full responsibility for all areas of management within the division, including scientific research, operations, finance, human resources, and environmental, health and safety. The Director establishes a culture of scientific excellence, equity and inclusion by recruiting a diverse population of outstanding scientists and support staff, as well as enthusiastically supporting and promoting their career development. 

The Director will serve as a member of the executive team for the Physical Sciences Area, comprising the Nuclear Science, Physics, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics, and Engineering Divisions. As a member of Berkeley Lab’s management, the Director is expected to build collaborative partnerships and programs within the Physical Sciences Area, with other Divisions across Berkeley Lab, and with external research institutions. The Nuclear Science Division research program is primarily funded by the Nuclear Physics program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science; the Director will serve as the spokesperson for the Nuclear Physics Division in interactions with the DOE. The Nuclear Science Division Director will also contribute to the leadership of large-scale Laboratory initiatives, including the development of multidisciplinary activities around cross-cutting themes (such as instrumentation, quantum information science and machine learning), as well as our responsible stewardship of the Lab’s research, people and assets, including promoting a diverse and welcoming culture at Berkeley Lab.  

About the Nuclear Science Division

The Nuclear Science Division conducts research in relativistic nuclear collisions, hadronic physics, neutrino physics and fundamental symmetries, low energy nuclear physics and chemistry, nuclear theory, and applied nuclear physics. The Nuclear Science Division operates the 88” Cyclotron for external users as well as for internal experimental programs. The Nuclear Sciences Division program is enabled by strong connections with Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area (NERSC, Computational Research Division, ESNet), with the UC Berkeley Physics and Nuclear Engineering Departments, and the matrixed Engineering Division staff. To learn more, please visit us at

The Nuclear Science Division Director will

  • Provide scientific and operational leadership for the Nuclear Science Division’s research programs, overseeing a $45-million portfolio and approximately 300 employees and affiliates, including scientists, postdoctoral fellows, administrative, technical and operations staff, and students. 
  • Effectively manage existing programs and guide the development of new initiatives within the framework of a long-term research vision and strategic plan aligned with national goals.
  • Partner with the operations staff to ensure operational efficiencies across the full range of operations areas, including budgets, funding, workforce planning, human resources management, environmental, health, and safety, property, space, and facilities management.
  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and other Division Directors to develop research initiatives, programs, and other activities to advance the mission of the Physical Sciences Area. 
  • Collaborate with colleagues at UC Berkeley and other research institutions to develop cooperative programs to the mutual benefit of Berkeley Lab and its partners.
  • Champion and communicate the Nuclear Science Division’s mission, goals, and accomplishments to Division staff, funding sponsors, Berkeley Lab staff and leadership, and to the broader research community.
  • Make substantial contributions to the formulation and direction of Laboratory programs that enhance Berkeley Lab’s preeminence as a National Laboratory.
  • Serve as a point of contact to DOE officials for Nuclear Physics related research, and implement DOE policies as they impact the Nuclear Science Division.
  • Address management and resource challenges of a complex organization.
  • Participate in formulating the research policy and long-term direction of the Laboratory as a whole, and provide consultation to the Laboratory Director, Deputy Directors, and Associate Laboratory Director regarding new initiatives for the strategic direction.
  • Work as a team member with other scientific and operational Division Directors, the Associate Laboratory Directors, and the Laboratory Directorate to advance the interests of Berkeley Lab and assure efficient, effective, and safe operation of the Laboratory.
  • Conduct research in an area of nuclear physics that is preferably aligned with one of the Nuclear Science Division research programs.
  • Foster a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity and accountability by: championing best practices in recruitment and promotion; guiding strategies for hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse staff; engaging staff at all levels through communication, involvement and recognition; and encouraging diverse committees and panels.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent education/experience in nuclear physics or a related field, and at least 10 years of professional experience post doctorate. 
  • Recognized as a respected expert and leader in her or his scientific field with an internationally recognized record of research accomplishments.
  • Significant experience and demonstrated competence in the management of scientific projects and collaborative science, including maintaining an active research program.
  • Ability to interact effectively with funding agencies, including the DOE, and demonstrated ability to initiate substantial new research efforts and collaborations.
  • Demonstrated scientific and strategic leadership ability applicable to running a large, diverse, team-oriented organization with a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective management and administrative oversight, creativity in decision making and problem solving, experience in human resource management and a commitment to mentoring and career development.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner and in a way that appropriately represents the Laboratory. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accountability.


  • For full consideration, please submit your CV and Letter of Interest by 15 June 2021.
  • The Nuclear Science Division Director is an at-will position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director. A parallel appointment as a career Senior Scientist will be considered.
  • Full-time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
  • This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn about us

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab – Click Here.

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