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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Leader (Operational Systems Engineering) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311193

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Earth Systems Sciences

Group:Operational Systems Engineering

Job Description

The Earth Systems Science Division (ESSD) within the Energy & Environment Directorate (EED) is seeking a Group Leader for the Operational Systems Engineering (OSE) Group within ESSD. OSE has 60 employees, including engineers, scientists, program managers, technicians, post-docs, and students with a budget of approximately $20M/yr. OSE supports key applied energy and national security programs including (but not limited to) DOE Office Environmental Management, Office of Fossil Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and associated industry sponsors.

Specific areas of emphasis include providing integrated design and multidisciplinary engineering (e.g., Nuclear, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Environmental, Systems Engineering) to afford solutions to challenges in energy, environment, and security; advancing scientific theory and principles through experimentation and high performance computing to develop engineered solutions which improve efficiency, mitigate risks and impacts of waterpower (i.e., conventional hydropower, marine hydrokinetic, and offshore wind renewable energy systems) on earth systems (e.g., environmental, ecological, hydrological), and support environmental and ecological monitoring; and executing multi-disciplinary projects, develops new business, and ensures delivery of high-quality, high-impact products for our sponsors in critical areas of energy, environment, intelligence, and defense.

The Group Leader reports directly to the ESSD Director and will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining awareness of competitive landscape for OSE capabilities and informing group and division strategies.

  • Being a key member of the ESSD Leadership team, championing the strategic, tactical, and operational success of the division in partnership with colleague-, group-, and division-level leaders.

  • Leading the development and execution of the Group Strategy, in partnership with Division Leadership and Sector Managers from across the organization that delivers successful outcomes tailored to PNNL and sponsor needs.

  • Developing research capabilities that are externally recognized for their national impact and effectively and efficiently utilized by PNNL’s research and development programs.

  • Working with sector and program managers to establish new programs based on innovative combinations of the group’s core competencies in response to PNNL and national needs.

The Group Leader will be expected to:

  • Steward and communicate the group’s capabilities and accomplishments with internal and external partners to advance the organization’s reputation.

  • Establish and maintain a culture of integrity, commitment to scientific and technical excellence, and delivery on commitments and operational effectiveness.

  • Implement all applicable safety, environment, security, quality, compliance, and administrative policies.

  • Nurture an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation that retains and attracts the highest caliber scientific staff and ensures appropriate mentoring and supervision of postdocs and students.

  • Implement practices to recruit, develop, assess performance, and retain talented people to support current and future mission needs. This also includes managing essential aspects of research operations and expert delivery, including interfacing with those responsible for managing project risk and execution.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 10 years of experience; or Advance Degree plus 8 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related water system sciences and 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, or line management experience; or Advanced degree in engineering or related water system sciences and 8 or more years of progressively responsible leadership, program leadership, and line management experience.

  • Outstanding scientific research and technical leadership in engineering or related water system sciences relevant to Operational Systems Engineering as evidenced by publications, intellectual property, citations, presentations, and/or other relevant metrics.

  • A record of success in developing new program funding initiatives and a network of contacts with program sponsors relevant to OSE.

  • Record of effective leadership and teamwork (interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills) in a complex scientific organization and a demonstrated scientific vision and ability to collaborate across business units to build, maintain, and market capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage safely, securely and effectively diverse research facilities with chemical, radiological, and field/lab operations.

  • Advanced degree and significant experience in one or more engineering or related water system sciences disciplines represented in the group.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain radiological worker qualification.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

  • Radiological, laboratory, and field environments

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Earth Systems Science

Opening Date: 2020-09-14

Closing Date: 2020-10-13