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Division Director - Energy Processes & Materials

Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, Washington State
Annual Salary based on Market
Closing date
Sep 20, 2021

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Field of specialization
Energy, Engineering
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Job Type
Full time
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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is recruiting for a Director to lead the Energy Processes & Materials Division (EP&MD) within the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED).  Annually, the EP&M Division conducts about $80 Million of


R&D for Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management, the Department of Defense, the private sector, and in partnership with regional universities and government agencies.  The EP&MD comprises a growing organization of more than


240 staff members in four technical groups based at the Lab’s Richland, Washington, campus and includes staff located at the Bioproducts Sciences & Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) on the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland.  Division competencies include battery materials and systems for grid and transportation; biomass and hydrocarbon conversions; materials processing and manufacturing; and advanced separations. The primary technical disciplines represented among the staff members are materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, and biology. 






This position reports to the EED Associate Lab Director. The division director is responsible for: 


Leading the development and execution of the EP&M Division vision and strategy and contributing to EED’s overall strategy.


Developing research capabilities that are externally recognized for their national impact and effectively and efficiently utilized by the Lab’s R&D programs. 


Providing leadership to establish the technical reputation of the division in the scientific community and with sponsors.


Leading a strong division management team and an institutionalized culture that assures a safe, secure workplace, a broadly supportive work environment, and engaged staff.


Advancing PNNL’s diversity, equity and inclusion priorities throughout the EP&M division. 


Directing the hiring and management of staff.


Managing essential aspects of research operations and establishing a strong safety culture in accordance with PNNL’s Safe Conduct of Research principles.


Supporting project delivery and interfacing with those responsible for managing project risk and execution.


Stewarding PNNL core capabilities and managing and expanding the research facilities and equipment required to deliver on current and future business.


Coordinating and integrating EP&M capabilities and priorities with colleagues across PNNL. 




Minimum Qualifications:  




Bachelor's Degree with 15 plus years of experience, or Advanced Degree plus 13 years of experience. 


Professional Expertise: Must demonstrate strategic vision, technical leadership, and management skills; knowledge of the trends and drivers within Energy markets; well-developed planning, organizational development, and business skills; and strong, proven interpersonal communications, problem solving and human relations skills.  


The ability to obtain and maintain a future Department of Energy clearance is required. US citizenship is required. 




Preferred Qualifications: Educational requirements, certifications/licensures, subject matter expertise, and experience that exceed the Performance Level Indicators:




Ph.D. in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science or engineering, or other technical area aligning with division competencies.  


Breadth of Relevant Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Experience with programs in DOE’s Applied Energy Offices, as well as relevant industrial field experience, is preferred.  


The position requires 20% travel.               




An excellent benefits and compensation package offered including medical, dental, vision, prescription, life insurance, pension, savings plan, and a full relocation package.

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