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Oak Ridge TN Full Time Posted by: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Posted: Saturday, 1 August 2020
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Requisition Id 3513


We are seeking a Group Leader for SNS Science Support 2 in the Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) of the Neutron Sciences Directorate. The Neutron Sciences Directorate operates two neutron facilities on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy: the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). NSD's mission is to develop world-class neutron scattering methods, approaches, and instrumentation; lead and support a vibrant user program; and perform cutting-edge scientific research that benefits from and contributes to these advances. NSD works with scientists from around the world and from a wide range of fields to solve critical research problems in fundamental and applied sciences.

The SNS Science Support Group 2 brings together the Scientific Associates that work closely with the instrument scientists and provides technical support as integral part of the instrument teams for about half of the SNS scattering instruments (see for details).


The Technical Group Leader provides leadership to a group that strategically advances technical professional subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs or operations consistent with ORNL's aspiration to be the world's premier R&D institution and with ORNL's science culture.

The Technical Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL's culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. The Technical Group Leader reports to and works closely with the Section Head to implement the group's technical vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of technical professional expertise; works to solve technical challenges for science, engineering, or 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.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:


Technical professionals are recognized leaders in their area by providing subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs, or operations. The Group Leader coordinates the activities of the Scientific Associates, develops and implements a strategy for optimal use of resources, continued improvement, and excellence in support of scientific activities and user efforts. The Group Leader closely interacts with the Group Leader of the SNS Science Support Group 1, as well as the members of the Diffraction, Large Scale Structures, and Spectroscopy sections. The Group Leader ensures coordination with the efforts of the Sample Environment and Labs section and the SNS Instrument Support group.


  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy to ensure the success of the neutron research and user programs at SNS and HFIR, and lead 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.
  • Actively support users within the scope of the 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, emphasizing excellence in user support, 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 technical section head, for a world-leading user program and technology directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services.
  • To customer, including the user community, for the quality of products and service.


  • Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading technical/technology 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 of relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 7 years of experience, a B.S. with 8 years of relevant experience, or significant relevant experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams
  • Qualified candidates must have demonstrated experience in supporting scientific activities at complex instruments, a working knowledge of scientific instrumentation, and experience in working within the constraints of radiological environments. This position requires successful completion of required training, including radiological training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the following areas is of particular interest: support of neutron scattering instruments, and experience working with multiple teams of scientists.

When applying to this position, please submit a 1-page Vision Statement for the Group, addressing the role of your own research within this vision, and the inclusion of users into the implementation of this vision.

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

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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.

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8/1/2020 10:23:28 PM

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