More
View the Physics World website
menu

Section Head, Target and Mechanical Systems

  • Closing date: 16 Aug 2020
  • United States | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 16 Jul 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Engineering & instrumentation

Overview
We are seeking a Section Head for Target and Mechanical Systems in the Research Accelerator Division (RAD). 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.

The Target and Mechanical Systems mission is to provide operations and support for the target systems (target, mercury loop, remote handling) and mechanical systems (Vacuum and Cooling systems) at SNS.

The Target and Mechanical System Section Head leads the following groups:

  1. Central Cooling Systems — Design, operation, maintenance and support of all accelerator and utilities cooling systems
  2. Vacuum Systems — Design, operation, maintenance and support of all accelerator and instrument vacuum systems; support for High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and other ORNL vacuum systems
  3. Target Systems — Support and maintenance of target systems, mercury loop, target utilities and remote handling; technical utility design for target and neutron instrument systems
  4. Target Operations — Shift operations for target systems (target, mercury loop, cryogenic moderator system)

Purpose
Provide leadership to a thematic area of technical professional expertise for a variety of projects, programs or operations that integrates several aligned technical groups consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

The Technical Section Head works closely with the Division Director and section Group Leaders to establish and implement the technology directions or operational plans for the section; support the Group Leaders to ensure their success and the success of the groups as world-recognized leaders in their fields; ensure that staff members understand project/program directions and opportunities; develop and implement consistent processes for the peer-review of technical products consistent with lab standards; model proper Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality practices; and ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.

Major duties/responsibilities 

Technical
Technical Professionals are responsible for planning and leading major technical projects, operations or functions to solve challenges for science and engineering. Their work directly impacts the present and future of the laboratory in significant ways. 

The Target and Mechanical System Section Head has operational and technical responsibility for all target ad mechanical systems at the SNS and works with Neutron Technology Division Leadership to coordinate engineering systems support for the target systems. The Section Head is responsible for the operability of Credited Engineered Controls (CECs) as specified in the SNS Operations Envelope and periodically certifying those CECs are operable and capable of supporting target operations.

Leadership

  • Work closely with the Division Director and Group Leaders within the section to develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading operations and/or technology directions for the section. Demonstrate cross-functional team leadership.
  • Support Division Director in the operations of the division and represent Director when Director is not available.
  • Work with section Group Leaders to establish, communicate, and measure critical metrics for success and impact. Benchmark against the best in the world.
  • Actively contribute to shaping the division’s, directorate’s, and laboratory’s plans and investments.
  • Build strong teams by collaborating across ORNL and securing external expertise when needed. Leverage ORNL facilities and resources when developing new projects.
  • Work with the Group Leaders and the Division Director to assess and calibrate individual staff performance across the section.  Evaluate progress regularly, providing feedback and addressing performance issues in a timely manner.
  • Develop and implement Succession Planning with input from Group Leaders for all critical positions in the section to ensure future success.
  • Ensure groups are recruiting and hiring from a diverse pool of top candidates who are committed to world-class research and aspire to be the best in their field.  Approve job offers.
  • Drive staff promotions and development.
  • Address in a timely manner all concerns expressed by staff and any disciplinary actions.
  • Lead by example, using the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research and in dealing with others.
  • Employ best practices, such as holding regular meetings, being visible in the workplace, monitoring budgets, acknowledging sponsors, and adhering to ORNL business systems requirements regarding staff requests for foreign travel and submission of quality proposals.
  • Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles 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 direct supervisor for section Group Leaders.
  • Counsel/consult/mentor staff and transfer knowledge of specialized field(s) to a variety of staff, including senior staff. 
  • Connect staff to your network.  Assist Group Leaders (and staff when appropriate) in setting long-term career goals.  Identify additional mentors as appropriate and engage senior staff to act in this capacity.   
  • Be open and transparent in communicating information to your groups and communicate staff achievements and changes to stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Work with Group Leaders to ensure staff are participating actively in professional service (e.g., engagement in professional societies, workshop and conference organization, peer review, advisory board membership, etc.).
  • Advocate for and support internal and external recognition of staff achievements.  Ensure the Section’s external professional presence is strong.
  • Ensure that staff manage their projects effectively to deliver results on scope, schedule, and budget while meeting technical and business expectations. 
  • Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL security and cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
  • Recognize and support the contributions and responsibilities of Group Leaders and Laboratory Space Managers to lab safety.

Accountabilities

  • To section staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
  • To organization managers, for world-leading 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

  • Implement a strategy to pursue world-leading technology directions for the section.
  • Hold staff accountable for performance
  • Act to ensure safe and effective operations
  • Hire staff group leaders and staff as appropriate
  • Certify the technical quality of products and services

Basic qualifications

  • Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience, a B.S. with 12 years relevant experience or significant relevant experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams

Preferred qualifications

  • Significant experience in one of the accelerator technical disciplines provided by the section (vacuum, cooling systems, target process systems, target operations).
  • Experience in design/operation/maintenance of accelerators governed by Safety of Accelerator Facilities, (DOE O420.2C).
  • Management experience at facilites or programs managed for the United States Department of Energy.

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.

Apply

Employer profile

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

United States View profile

Oak Ridge National Laboratory opportunities:

Group Leader, Accelerator Operations

Research facilities United States View details

Group Leader, Target Systems

Research facilities United States View details

Group Leader, Electrical Power Conversion

Research facilities United States View details

Employer profiles

Copyright © 2020 by IOP Publishing Ltd and individual contributors