Director, Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center

Lemont, Illinois
Apr 24, 2021
May 24, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center (MSEC) is a cross-cutting collaborative of scientists and engineers working in the area of precision scale-up of advanced materials and chemistries. The mission of MSEC is to cultivate new partnerships between the Laboratory and the private sector, the Department of Energy, universities, and other stakeholders to drive increased applied research impact and accelerate the commercialization of advanced materials and chemical manufacturing technologies. The Laboratory has unique facilities to carry out this mission, including the recently expanded Materials Engineering Research Facility, a 28,000 sf, state-of-the-art R&D facility focused on scaling-up manufacturing of advanced materials and chemistries. Researchers and partners also benefit from co-location with the Laboratory’s DOE national scientific user facilities, including the Advanced Photon Source, Center for Nanoscale Materials, and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. Argonne scientists and engineers advance the frontiers of materials manufacturing, applying innovative process technologies, advanced characterization, high performance computing, and artificial intelligence to problems in energy storage, materials for water purification, industrial catalysis, printed electronics, and others.

Job Description Summary

Responsible for providing leadership for a major science and technology area consisting of multi-disciplinary activities and serving as a key member of the Directorate leadership team working directly with Associate Lab Directors and other senior leaders. Provides a combination of strategic, operational, and technical/functional leadership to staff within one or across divisions. This description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Job Description

As the Director, the incumbent will provide the vision and leadership for Argonne’s Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center (MSEC). The Director will work with leaders inside and outside the Laboratory to cultivate and create new partnerships with industry, DOE, academia, and other stakeholders to build strategic collaborations and amplify the Laboratory’s capabilities and S&T breakthroughs in the precision scale-up of advanced materials and chemistries. 

The Director will report dually to the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security and the Associate Laboratory Director for Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach. A key responsibility of the Director is to attract additional funding for scale-up research from entities both within and external to DOE through increased engagement across a spectrum of use-inspired R&D, applied R&D and industrial process engineering. The Director’s success will be judged primarily on the growth of the Laboratory’s programs in materials and chemical scale-up R&D, as measured both by external funding captured and scientific and technological impact delivered for key sponsors and partners. With MSEC as an organizing body, the Director will lead and/or coordinate the capture of major external funding opportunities in the materials and chemical scale-up domain from DOE and other sponsors. The Director is expected to proactively cultivate relationships with new partners and deepen relationships with existing partners, maintain a detailed understanding of sponsor and partner needs, identify opportunities, assemble internal teams with the requisite expertise and capabilities, coordinate the development of proposals and statements of work, and deliver funding awards and R&D contracts. In particular, to maximize the impact of the Laboratory’s programs, the Director will cultivate industry partnerships focused on R&D and technology commercialization.


Position Requirements

Scientific research experience, proven track record of leadership ability, strong professional credibility, and comprehensive experience and skills in the conception and planning of R&D and the creation and administration of complex scientific programs, as well as a deep understanding of the methods for developing and maintaining relationships with sponsors inside and outside the government is required. Knowledge and understanding of, and experience working with, academic, government, and industrial partners whose missions and work relate to Laboratory missions and strengths in materials and chemical scale-up is essential. Other highly desirable attributes include:

  • Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating, and forming relationships to broaden or deepen partner commitments and achieve outcome metrics.
  • Experience in developing public-private partnerships.
  • Ability to think strategically, listen carefully, build consensus, lead by influence, communicate and advocate effectively in a complex multifunctional environment, and assemble and work with matrixed teams.
  • Ability to work effectively with and inspire the confidence of scientists and engineers; line, program, and relationship managers; and supporting functions (partnerships, communications, etc.).
  • Ability to do same with partners outside of the Laboratory.
  • Ability to appropriately communicate business sensitive information and to judge how and with whom this information should be shared.
  • Requisite analysis and assessment skills for technical issues, programs, and policies.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication of ideas, concepts, technical results and aspirations.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy and its national laboratories is desirable.


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