Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Scientist-Advanced Materials & Processing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306113

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, seeks a Chief Scientist/Program Director to lead a major research program/center in the predictive science and novel synthesis and processing of advanced structural materials.

The Chief Scientist/Program Director:

- Will pilot a new research program aimed at advancing science and technology of scalable synthesis of materials with tailored microstructures/texture, non-conventional processing and forming methods for fabricating bulk components and the development of predictive science/theory governing far from equilibrium processes.

- Shape the research agenda, working in concert with PNNL leadership.

- Lead a technical team that includes senior PNNL scientists and engineers with decades of experience working in energy efficiency as well as oversight of partnerships with top academic and industrial institutions.

- Have an international reputation in scalable processing of structural alloys and demonstrate a broad understanding of the unique microstructure-property relationships attainable using extreme shear methods where reaction kinetics change at very high rates.

- Must function at the forefront of multiple science and engineering research programs with national-level impacts and be particularly expert at understanding Department of Energy and industry needs in advanced materials necessary to achieve the nation’s goals in improved energy efficiency.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

- Develops and implements plans for new and significant project opportunities. Leads development of technical section of large proposals. Consistently demonstrates ability to acquire internal/external funding for self and others.

- Leads major projects with Laboratory-level impact. Manages complex and interdisciplinary projects and tasks. Works with project teams spread across organizational boundaries and outside the laboratory.

- Participates in professional activities at regional and national level. May impact national professional policies and standards. Serves on external review committees. Influences industry scientific or engineering standards or procedures. Identifies and leads strategic business investment programs. Influences future science and technology agendas for division.

- Manages moderate to large, complex and/or high risk projects. Provides effective technical leadership to teams on multiple or significant projects and tasks. Leads projects involving multiple tasks, capabilities and organizations.

- Provides leadership in identifying, promoting and developing appropriate new technical capabilities within directorate.

- Guides the successful completion of major programs. Organizational objectives are dependent upon decisions or recommendations.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

- Specific expertise in materials processing and testing is required with particular emphasis in solid-phase processing under far from equilibrium conditions.

- Maintain relationships at the highest levels across multiple organizations/agencies and leverage those relationships to further PNNL/s reputation in structural materials processing and increase business volume.

- Demonstrated success in a wide range of technical and management situations, as well as a demonstrated capability to interact successfully with Government clients, senior technical staff and senior program managers.

- Ability to guide multi-disciplinary teams of theorists, technology developers and application domain experts in high-risk, pioneering research & development.

- Proven success in distilling complex Department of Energy strategies into technical requirements and initiatives that guide strategic laboratory investments.

- Proven track record in pioneering and leading large national and international technical programs to address critical needs in U.S. manufacturing competiveness and energy efficiency.

- Serve as coach and mentor to junior staff and attract new talent to PNNL.

Minimum Qualifications

Job Level will be determined by the candidate’s unique experience/qualifications.

Chief Scientist: Bachelor’s Degree and 9+ years of experience, Master’s Degree with 7+ years of experience of Ph.D. with 5+ years of experience.

Senior Staff Scientist: Bachelor’s Degree and 7+ years of experience, Master’s Degree with 5+ years of experience of Ph.D. with 3+ years of experience.

Educational requirements, certifications/licensures, subject matter expertise, and experience that exceed the Performance Level Indicators:

- Prefer Ph.D. in Materials Science, Metallurgy, or Mechanical Engineering and minimum 3 years of experience incubating and leading national programs in energy or structural materials development.

Additional Information:

Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal Background investigation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Applied Matl's & Performance

Opening Date: 2016-12-01

Closing Date: 2016-12-31