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Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division Director

Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, Illinois
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Field of specialization
Energy, Engineering
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

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Argonne invites applications for the position of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE) Division Director, one of the five research divisions within the Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate. Major ongoing research programs in the division include energy storage; solar conversion; hydrogen and fuel cells; catalysis; gas-phase chemical physics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; heavy-element science; separation science; and geochemistry and interfacial processes. Through these programs, Argonne chemists and engineers are working to revolutionize the generation, storage, and use of energy in the 21st Century. The CSE division maintains multiple state-of-the-art facilities and is deeply engaged with national user facilities, including Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, Center for Nanoscale Materials, and Leadership Computing Facility. For a description of divisional programs, please visit the CSE home page at

The CSE Director will inspire, manage, and motivate a diverse, world-class team of over 200 scientists, engineers, and support staff. The Director will also lead the development of a scientific vision for the division, execution of the short- and long-term strategic directions of the division, and actively identify and pursue new R&D opportunities and foster collaborations across divisions. The Director has line management responsibility for both R&D and operations within the division, is an integral member of the Laboratory Management team, and works closely with Department of Energy (DOE) program sponsors and other sponsoring entities to review and promote the divisional research and development activities. The Director also ensures divisional activities follow all Federal, State and Laboratory policies and regulations and that work is carried out safely, securely, and efficiently.

Applications should include a comprehensive curriculum vitae with information on publications, awards, and patents. The position will remain open until filled.

Position Requirements

    Ph.D. in a relevant science or engineering field supplemented by no less than fifteen years experience including relevant, demonstrated accomplishments in scientific leadership. Knowledge and experience in technical management functions and practices. Experience in managing safe, efficient operations in a large scientific/ sponsored research organization is required. Experience in managing within a culture that values environment, safety and health policies/orders, work rules and safe practices is preferred. Leadership and management skills in attracting, managing and sustaining a highly competent and diverse interdisciplinary staff and maintaining an open, inclusive, and collegial environment. Knowledge and experience of financial/human resources management and reporting practices is preferred. Experience in acquiring and maintaining relationships with multiple funding sources including with the DOE Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Chemical Sciences,
     Geosciences, and Biosciences program and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program are preferred. Skill in oral and written communications skills and the ability to work with high level internal and external contacts.
We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.  For consideration, please apply via our website at:, refer to requisition #413713. Applications should include a comprehensive curriculum vitae as well as a cover letter highlighting your interest in the role and any key credentials and accomplishments.

About Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory was founded as a chemistry, materials and nuclear engineering laboratory in 1946, as the successor to the Manhattan Project’s Metallurgical Laboratory. Since then, as part of the Department of Energy (DOE) network of national laboratories, Argonne has built on its original strengths and expanded its mission in response to national needs. Today, Argonne serves America as a leading science and energy laboratory distinguished by the breadth of its research and development capabilities combined with a unique portfolio of experimental and computational user facilities.

Located just outside Chicago, Argonne has been managed since its founding by The University of Chicago (UChicago), one of the world’s preeminent research universities. Argonne’s workforce of over 3400 includes over 1500 scientists and engineers. The Laboratory operates five world-renowned scientific user facilities, which together support nearly 8,000 researchers annually.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne Laboratory is located about 25 miles southwest of Chicago and is operated by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy.



Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research centers. The site is surrounded by forest preserve about 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Argonne’s major mission areas fulfill important governmental and Department of Energy responsibilities, as well as provide important benefits to our society at large. Argonne National Laboratory is managed by The University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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