Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Science & Technology

The Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Energy Science and Technology serves as an executive member supporting the Laboratory Director in accomplishing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s mission. In this capacity, the ALD leads the science and technology programs in energy science and technology with leadership responsibilities in three integrating roles to (1) establish a compelling future vision complemented with a strategic execution plan, (2) strengthen stakeholder engagement and relationship management with major sponsors, and (3) drive staff professional growth and development while creating organizational momentum that enhances our facilities and capabilities.

Emphasis is placed on research and development and operational capabilities to serve a wide variety of Department of Energy sponsors that include the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); Electricity (OE); Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER); and Fossil Energy (FE), and other customers. In this role, you will lead advances in science and technology to enable flexible, secure, and more autonomous energy systems of the future, providing power and fuel originating from a variety of sources in a seamless manner. You will also ensure industry and academia have access to unique facilities and infrastructure for enabling world-class research. Strategic thinking and leadership will be critical for implementing management systems, operations, safety, security, compliance, and performance assessments across the entire directorate, and serving on the Laboratory Leadership Team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead energy science and technology research for the Laboratory, including the development and implementation of scientific strategy to sustain national and international prominence.
  • Serve as primary liaison with EERE, OE, CESER, and FE ensuring the science and technology research programs are meeting client needs in coordination with division and program management.
  • Develop research programs and strategic partnerships with other national laboratories, colleges and universities, other research institutions, and public and private corporations.
  • Drive strategic initiatives in buildings and transportation science, manufacturing science, and electrification and energy infrastructures research.
  • Work with the Laboratory Director’s office to position the laboratory through strategically Laboratory Directed Research and Development opportunities.
  • Establish new capabilities, and provide sustainability and growth for applied user facilities that are foundational to the enduring missions of ORNL.
  • Manage programmatic funds and discretionary investments for research and program development.
  • Act as a steward for laboratory operations, facilities, capital, and equipment. Direct line management responsibilities for the Buildings and Transportation Science Division, the Manufacturing Science Division, and the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division.
  • Maintain compliance with Laboratory policies, standards, and procedures. Implement operational standards to meet the expectations of the Laboratory Agenda.
  • Advise leadership of research activities, program development, strategic initiatives, and associated operational risks and hazards.
  • Develop and manage self-assessment programs ensuring alignment with the Laboratory Critical Outcomes, the Laboratory Agenda, and other internal or DOE performance metrics.•Act as the primary directorate contact, representing the directorate on lab-level committees, task forces, and working groups with a shared responsibility for the overall lab-wide science and technology strategy.
  • Drive commercialization activities through directorate business plans and strategies, as well as collaboration with industries locally and throughout the region.
  • Identify staffing and other resource requirements. Support recruiting initiatives in diversity, in fellowships, and in university relations.
  • Foster initiatives for employee development through mentoring, performance, and succession planning.
  • Create and nurture an environment that promotes and embraces a diverse workforce.
  • Promote a culture of scientific excellence, while performing work in a safe and secure manner


  • PhD in field related to research conducted in a large division or directorate with a minimum of 3–10 years of demonstrated executive management experience, including leading large complex and interdisciplinary research programs and organizations.
  • An nationally recognized research stature in one of the disciplines within Energy Science and Technology Directorate, and experience in managing large multidisciplinary science programs.
  • Experience communicating with key stakeholders, clients, program sponsors, and internal staff, and recognition as a leading expert and visionary in the field of energy or engineering sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully developing, implementing, and executing scientific strategy with engagement from critical stakeholders.
  • Experience with the DOE Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Electricity; Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; and Fossil Energy is preferred


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance from the Department of Energy. This position therefore is designated for Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.