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Project Director, Cosmic Microwave Background Stage 4 (CMB-S4) Project – 91345

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking an experienced scientific leader for the position of Project Director for the Cosmic Microwave Background Stage 4 (CMB-S4) project

  • Closing date: 13 Mar 2021
  • United States | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 12 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Astronomy, cosmology & space science  | Accelerators, neutron & light sources 

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking an experienced scientific leader with an international reputation, significant management experience and an outstanding record of accomplishment to serve as the Project Director for the Cosmic Microwave Background Stage 4 (CMB-S4) project. CMB-S4 is envisioned as a multi-agency, multi-site project that will deploy and operate 500,000 superconducting detectors on multiple millimeter wave telescopes to deliver transformative discoveries in fundamental physics, cosmology, astrophysics, and astronomy. With a total project cost estimate of more than $600m, execution of the CMB-S4 project will involve contributions from multiple national labs and universities.

Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences at Berkeley Lab, the CMB-S4 Project Director is responsible and accountable for the successful execution of the CMB-S4 project within the approved cost, schedule and technical scope. This includes selection of technical and project staff, oversight of system requirements and flow-down to technical designs, implementation of effective project management systems, cost controls and schedules, identification and mitigation of project risks, and coordination of internal and external peer reviews. The Project Director will be the primary point of contact for the CMB-S4 project with the federal agencies, and will be expected to maintain transparent and effective communication with line management, federal agency sponsors, the CMB-S4 collaboration, the scientific community, and other stakeholders. The Project Director will also ensure that all necessary and appropriate environment, health and safety (EHS) requirements are integrated into the project execution plan and that all project activities are conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner.


  • Significant experience and demonstrated competence in the management of complex scientific projects.
  • PhD or equivalent education/experience in physics, astronomy or a related field desired.
  • Recognized as a respected expert and leader with an internationally recognized record of research and/or management accomplishment.
  • Significant and successful leadership experience in working with large groups of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers, funding agencies, universities, national laboratories and international and/or private partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate effective strategic directions for complex projects and experience in effective management and administrative oversight and creativity in decision making and problem solving.
  • 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 project and the host Laboratory.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accountability.

For full consideration please submit your CV and Letter of Interest by 31 March 2021.


The Director of the CMB-S4 project is an at-will, career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director. A parallel appointment as a Senior Scientist/Engineer may be considered.

  • Full-time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Classification will depend upon the applicant’s level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  • 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.
  • Extensive travel to collaborating institutions, funding agencies and other project sites will be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.


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