Director, Center for Nanophase Materials Science Division

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Will be discussed upon interview.
Jun 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
Field of specialization
Materials, Physical
Job Type
Full time

PurposeOak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks an outstanding leader for the position of Director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS)(, a user facility supported by the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Center emphasizes research in a diverse spectrum of nanoscience, including electron and scanning probe microscopies, functional and chemical imaging, atomic-scale manipulation, 3D nanofabrication, macromolecular materials, 2D nanomaterials, and functional characterization, with a strongly integrated effort in theory/modeling/simulation that spans all areas of work. CNMS benefits from strong interactions with ORNL's other user facilities, such as the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), and the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS). CNMS provides unsurpassed capabilities to make, characterize, and understand nanomaterials, drawing over 600 users per year from across the world.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The Center for Nanophase Materials Science Division Director role provides a unique opportunity for a highly motivated research leader to shape the future direction of an exceptional research program. The Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Formulating and leading a forefront nanoscience research effort that builds on the expertise within CNMS and is aligned with DOE priorities and the need of future users
  • Implementing a vibrant and productive user program that ties to the in-house research activities, is differentiated from the other DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs), and promises growth in user numbers and diversity
  • Creating a stimulating environment for CNMS members (research staff, technical staff, postdocs, and support staff) and for users
  • Acting as the direct contact to DOE’s Scientific User Facilities Division, and being responsive to all requests for information
  • Managing the Division resources, including organizational burden funds and space
  • Managing the Center’s budget and the funds from DOE’s Scientific User Facilities Division
  • Promoting the growth of funding from other sources (including SPPs, other DOE offices, and other agencies) and aligning these efforts with the broad priorities of the Center
  • Ensuring the safety of all CNMS members and the safety of users; managing a safety culture that is cognizant of the users’ varying safety expectations
  • Creating a culture of equality, staff engagement, and high ethical standards

Qualifications Required:  

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field
  • A minimum of fifteen years of professional research experience beyond the doctorate in academia, industry, or national laboratory
  • At least five years of experience leading multi-disciplinary research groups or organizations
  • A distinguished record of research achievement, as evidenced by scholarly publications, patents, and funded research grants

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a demonstrated record of supporting the professional development of research staff
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and enjoy working in a team environment
  • Ability to foster and maintain high standards in Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) and Quality Assurance for all of the Division’s activities

Please provide a CV and list of publications when applying for this position.  Five letters of reference are required upon request and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.  

Work Direction and Interfaces: Position reports to the Associate Lab Director, Physical Sciences Directorate. Interfaces with administrative staff, technical peers, program managers, sponsors, managers and visitors to ORNL.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.