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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Sciences Group Leader in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312370

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Materials Sciences

Job Description

The Physical Sciences Division seeks a Group Leader (GL) for the Materials Sciences group, a diverse, multi-disciplinary basic and applied research group of 60 staff members and postdoctoral research associates. We synthesize and characterize functional materials classes such as biologically inspired, structural, and electronic materials, and materials for energy capture, conversion, and storage. We seek outstanding candidates to lead this collaborative group and directly contribute to this research!

Our overarching goal is to develop a predictive understanding of the physical principles that connect atomic-scale interactions to the behavior of ensembles of atomic and molecular species. This knowledge is transformed into predictive synthesis of complex nanostructured materials with controlled dimensionality, architectures, and functionalities over multiple length scales.

Your responsibilities will be split nearly evenly between managerial duties (45%) and contributions to peer-reviewed research (55%). In the managerial role, you will provide leadership that will advance materials science broadly at PNNL. You will work with Lab Leadership to set the agenda for materials research directions at PNNL! You will also provide excellent management of a productive and influential research organization and elevate the efficiency and impact of the group. Ensuring ongoing research programs in the group are productive and impactful is crucial. Maintaining effective operations including the management of overhead budgets to achieve operational targets is a key part of the role. We value mentoring and staff development. The ideal candidate will embrace facilitating proposal writing and identifying research opportunities for staff.

Scientific expectations include leading and contributing to fundamental peer-reviewed materials research. Active collaborations with research staff across Group and Division organizations in the Physical and Computational Science Directorate and across the Lab are encouraged. We will expect you to quickly establish yourself as an independent principal investigator (PI) through collaborative proposals.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 5 : Established nationally as an expert in at least one S&E domain. Establishing new approaches at a national level and advancing state of the art concepts. Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Displays considerable leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries with lab level impact, and outside of the laboratory. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Contributes to directorate level or lab level operational improvement activities.

Level 6 : Recognized internationally as an authority by developing and advancing state of the art concepts. Setting the national and international agenda for resolving major challenges. Conceives, plans, and realizes lab level R&D strategies and objectives. Demonstrates a high degree of scientific and technical creativity, foresight, and judgment in planning, organizing and guiding complex national and international programs. Defines and builds new business areas across directorates and institutions supporting self and multiple project teams across internal and external organizations. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Serves as a resource to lab level operational improvement activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, MS/MA with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 11 years of experience MS/MA with 9 years of experience PhD with 7 years of experience.

  • An extensive publication list.

  • Project/program/line management experience.

  • Proven track record of strong leadership skills, scientific talent, team-building and motivational skills, and strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience in operating laboratory facilities.

  • A strong record of scientific accomplishments in an area related to materials science research, including a significant publication history and a history of attracting funding/grants

  • Prior experience with the DOE and other government agencies.

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment, flexible work schedules and telework options. We are located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

We offer competitive relocation, health, and retirement benefits packages, including a pension plan and 401k. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Physical Sciences Division

Opening Date: 2021-07-14

Closing Date: 2021-08-28