Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technical Group Manager, Electrochemical Materials & Systems in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308422

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Electrochemical Materials & Systems

Job Description

The Energy Processes and Materials Division (EP&MD) within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a Technical Group Manager (TGM) to lead its Electrochemical Materials and Systems (EMS) Group. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an internationally-recognized research group that is pushing the envelope in the development of next generation battery technologies for a broad range of energy storage applications. As TGM, you will help to create a vision for future energy storage research at PNNL that aligns with the Laboratory’s mission and business goals, and you will be responsible for sustaining and further developing a suite of Group technical capabilities that can achieve that vision. As TGM you will direct all aspects of Group research operations, including staffing, facilities and equipment, and you will be directly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment and for instilling a strong safety culture. As TGM you will also be an integral member of the EP&MD leadership team, working closely with the Division Director and fellow TGMs, to establish goals, plans, and strategic directions for the Division and to resolve key problems or issues.

The EMS Group consolidates the Laboratory’s capabilities in applied electrochemical materials and systems R&D, with a multidisciplinary staff of more than 60 that includes scientists, engineers, and administrative staff. Group research advances the state-of-the-art in batteries and fuel cells through expertise in materials discovery, manufacturing, and design, and supports the efforts of multiple applied energy offices within the Department of Energy, as well as other government agencies and the private sector. The EMS Group is currently subdivided into three teams, each focused on meeting a particular business sector’s needs: Transportation Energy Storage, Stationary Energy Storage and Fuel Cells. Each of the three teams is led by a Team Lead that reports to the TGM.

The EMS Group’s research is laboratory-intensive, with thousands of square feet of laboratories, housing capabilities ranging from the synthesis, development and analysis of materials and systems at the bench and pilot scale, to testing materials and systems under service conditions. Laboratory capabilities include the Advanced Battery Facility, a complete process line for the preparation, fabrication, and validation of pouch cells up to 2Ah capacity; a Redox Flow Battery Facility for testing emerging redox flow batteries from single cells to large-scale stacks; and an SOFC Reliability Test Facility for validating the performance of fuel cell stacks.

As TGM for the EMS Group, you will provide technical leadership and expertise to existing research efforts, and collaborate with stakeholders to define and shape future research programs that leverage existing and build new capabilities in electrochemical materials and systems. Working with experts across the Laboratory, and in collaboration with our research partners in government, industry, academia, and at other National Laboratories, you will support efforts to build new, high-visibility, research programs that leverage EMS capabilities to meet the technology goals of the Department of Energy and other key stakeholders. As a line manager, you will be responsible for developing and retaining a diverse staff of world class experts in electrochemical materials and systems; maintaining the Laboratory’s reputation for high quality research and on-time delivery; and sustaining a strong safety culture. Principle responsibilities include:

  • Develop and enable world-class researchers. Cultivate staff success through advancement of a supportive work environment where all staff are valued and respected.

  • Ensure safe, secure, effective, and compliant operations. Take action to mitigate hazards associated with work conducted by Group staff.

  • Establish and maintain technical vision and direction for the group through both short-term financial investments and long-term investments in staff capabilities.

  • Work with Division Directors, Sector Managers, and Project Management Office Directors (PMODs) to identify future resource requirements. Develop and implement a staffing plan to meet those resource requirements.

  • Market group capabilities within the Laboratory and support Sector Managers in external marketing.

  • Ensure group staff contributions are appropriately recognized, publicized and rewarded.

  • Provide quality performance feedback to staff members and support long-term professional/personal development goals.

The successful candidate will have a national and/or international reputation as an expert in electrochemical materials and systems, with significant line management experience in an R&D environment. They will have a strong commitment to the mentoring and development of the next generation of scientists and engineers, and understand the value of diversity in a research environment. They will be an accomplished communicator, with a track record of delivering effective and compelling written and oral communications to a broad range of audiences. They will have demonstrated a high level of success in building new research teams and new research capabilities over the course of their career.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of experience; or an advanced degree and 8 or more years of experience.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience relative to the principle responsibilities of the position.

  • Strong, proven interpersonal communications, problem solving and human relations skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in engineering, materials science, or related field, with 8+ years of relevant research or industrial laboratory experience, including several years of experience as a line manager in a research or production environment.

  • Established research record in the study of electrochemical materials and systems, as evidenced by a publication record of technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, and/or granted patents.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage people.

  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing research operations in the laboratory and/or the field.

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships across multiple organizations/agencies, and to leverage those relationships to further group research goals and increase business volume.

  • Established record of effective oral and written communications to a broad range of audiences.

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

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • The work involves significant laboratory operations. High risk activities include high temperatures and complex chemical hazards.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Energy Processes & Materials

Opening Date: 2018-10-04

Closing Date: 2019-02-15