Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Associate Division Director, Chemical Physics and Analysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308600

Directorate: Physical and Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Job Description

The Physical Sciences Division seeks an Associate Division Director (ADD) to lead the Chemical Physics and Analysis (CP&A) group, a multi-disciplinary basic and applied research group of 40 staff members (including limited term employees such as postdoctoral research associates). This group has a focus of understanding chemical reactivity in condensed phase and interfacial systems and includes research in surface science using molecular beam methods, mass spectrometry, microscopy and various optical spectroscopies. There is an emphasis on developing and applying state of the art molecular simulation, electronic structure and statistical mechanics techniques.

What you will do:

The ADD position reports to the Physical Sciences Division Director and will be instrumental in developing and implementing the strategic technical direction of the group, as part of a team involving Division and other Laboratory management, and experimental and theoretical scientists in the chemical physics, analysis, and separations areas.

Chemical Physics and Analysis is one of five groups in the Physical Sciences Division, and has close ties with the other groups – Catalysis, Geochemistry, Materials Sciences, and Basic and Applied Molecular Foundations – in areas of understanding catalytic transformations, designing and synthesizing molecular and heterogeneous systems with desired functionality, and expanding our understanding from molecular scales to complex systems. Responsibilities of the Chemical Physics and Analysis Associate Director are split nearly evenly between managerial duties (45%) and contributions to peer-reviewed research and other activities (55%).

The Ideal Candidate:

We seek an individual to provide leadership that will advance chemical physics, analysis, and separations broadly at PNNL, as well as provide excellent management of a productive and influential research organization. The successful candidate will be expected to learn quickly about the CP&A organization and take steps to maintain and/or advance the effectiveness and impact of the group, assist staff members to find opportunities for engaging in research efforts, and ensure ongoing research programs led by CP&A staff are productive and impactful. The candidate will also be expected to develop capabilities in the organization including advancing staff expertise through hiring and mentoring as well as ensuring access to capabilities needed for the research effort. Maintaining effective operations within the organization including the management of overhead budgets to achieve operational targets and helping to mentor junior staff towards proposal development and self-sufficiency is expected in this role.

We will also expect the successful candidate to immediately help lead fundamental peer-reviewed research in an area of chemical physics and/or separations research important to the laboratory, and contribute to ongoing research efforts, particularly those sponsored by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Active collaboration with appropriate research staff across Group and Division organizations in the Physical and Computational Science Directorate, as well as across the lab connecting with our national security or environmental missions, is essential. We will expect senior candidates to quickly establish themselves as independent principal investigators (PIs) through competitive proposals.

Minimum Qualifications

• Minimum Education Requirement: BS 9+ years’ experience, MS 7+ years’ experience, PhD 5+ years’ experience

• Technical Expertise: National or international authority. Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific or engineering principles in broad areas of assignments and related fields.

• Level of Responsibility: Exercises an identifiable expertise by making significant and progressive contributions.

• Breadth of Technical Knowledge: Advances state of the art technologies and concepts.

Preferred Qualifications

• Education/Experience: PhD in fundamental science and 8+ years relevant experience

• Must have a national or international authority. Applying intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific or engineering principles in broad areas of assignments and related fields. An extensive publication list is required.

• Project/program/line management experience is required.

• The applicant must have a demonstrated track record of strong leadership qualities, scientific talent, team-building and motivational skills, written and oral communication skills, and ability to manage to outcomes. Experience in operating laboratory facilities is also desired. A strong record of scientific accomplishments in an area related to Chemical Physics and Analysis research, including significant publication history and history of attracting funding/grants, is strongly preferred, as is prior experience with the DOE and other government agencies.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Physical Sciences Division

Opening Date: 2018-11-13

Closing Date: 2019-03-15