Associate Laboratory Director for Neutron Sciences

The Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Neutron Sciences 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 neutron sciences with 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 materials science which underpins future technologies in energy, security, and other applications that drive this nation’s economy. Neutron scattering is among the crucial characterization techniques necessary to ensure a world-leading position in materials research for the United States.

The uniqueness of the neutron as a probe for matter and energy makes it an essential tool for the discovery and delivery of knowledge that is complementary to other probes such as photons and electrons. Distinguished scientific leadership is expected to build and integrate a focused research and development program portfolio for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), which are operated on behalf of the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences as advanced neutron scattering user facilities. Strategic thinking and leadership will be critical for the implementation of management systems, operations, safety, security, compliance, and performance assessments across the entire Directorate, and serving on the Laboratory Leadership Team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Deliver a world-class neutron science program made possible by the safe and reliable operation of two of the most advanced neutron scattering facilities in the world, the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).
  • Establish and implement strategies that enable a vibrant, world-leading scientific user program across a wide range of fields and deliver high-impact science with notable achievements.
  • Implement a strategic plan for scientific excellence in critical areas, combining unique capabilities from ORNL and associated universities.
  • Execute an enhanced postdoctoral, visitor, and sabbatical program, and recruitment of mid-career scientists as science leaders/mentors.
  • Deliver critical project milestones to develop new instrumentation and upgrade the facilities.
  • Provide leadership in the integration of neutron science capabilities across ORNL to promote laboratory-wide growth, including energy sciences and technology, life sciences, computational sciences, physical sciences, and national security.
  • Implement management systems, operations, safety, compliance, and performance assessments across the entire Directorate.
  • Serve on the Laboratory Leadership Team, and work with the Laboratory Director and Leadership Team to identify and implement strategic research opportunities, including LDRD (Laboratory-Directed Research and Development) priorities.
  • Integrate and implement commercialization activities through the Directorate’s business plan and strategies.
  • Manage programmatic funds and discretionary investments for research and program development, and act as steward for laboratory operations, facilities, capital, and equipment.
  • Maintain proper management and control of total budget authority.
  • Maintain compliance with Laboratory policies, standards, and procedures as documented in SBMS and implement operational standards to meet the expectations of the Laboratory Agenda.
  • Develop and manage self-assessment programs, assuring alignment with the Laboratory Critical Outcomes, the Laboratory Agenda, and other internal or DOE performance metrics.
  • Review corrective actions that have Laboratory- wide impacts with particular emphasis on those documented and managed by tracking systems external to ORNL.
  • 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.
  • Identify key staffing and other resource requirements. Support recruiting initiatives in diversity, fellowships, and university relations. Foster initiatives for employee development through mentoring, performance, and succession planning.
  • Serve as primary contact with assigned core universities. Lead and engage in community activities in support of the Laboratory Agenda. Promote educational outreach programs.


  • A PhD in a field with research accomplishments in studies of structure and/or dynamics of materials, related to research conducted in a large division or directorate
  • At least 5-10 years of demonstrated executive management experience, including developing and leading large complex and multidisciplinary research programs and organizations
  • An internationally recognized research stature in one of the disciplines within Neutron Sciences, and experience managing large multidisciplinary science programs
  • Experience communicating with key stakeholders, clients, program sponsors, internal staff, and the security/intelligence community
  • Recognition as a leading expert and visionary
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully developing, implementing, and executing scientific strategy with engagement from critical stakeholders
  • Experience with the DOE Office of Science and Office of Basic Energy Sciences 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.