[Neutron] Inelastic Neutron Scattering Group Leader

Barker, Buffie M. barkerbm at ornl.gov
Wed May 25 20:43:16 CEST 2011

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for a Group Leader for Inelastic Neutron Scattering.  With the United States' highest flux reactor-based neutron source for condensed matter research (the High Flux Isotope Reactor) and the world's most intense pulsed, accelerator-based neutron source (the Spallation Neutron Source), ORNL is becoming the world's foremost center for neutron science.  Research at these facilities encompasses the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences and will provide opportunities for up to 2000 researchers each year from industry, research facilities, and universities all over the world.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

To apply for this position:       http://jobs.ornl.gov

The role of the Group Leader for Inelastic Neutron Scattering is to provide leadership and direction to the members of the Inelastic Neutron Scattering Group for the successful operation of seven time-of-flight spectrometers at the SNS and four triple-axis spectrometers at the HFIR in the research programs carried out by NSSD.


*         Ensures that the beamlines operated by the Inelastic Neutron Scattering Group meet the operational and functional requirements of the scientific research programs in which they are involved;

*         Actively promotes  and personally participates in user-driven research involving inelastic neutron scattering;

*         Fosters a strong scientific research culture within the Inelastic Neutron Scattering Group, ensuring the participation of group members in (i) their own research fields, (ii) the user research programs at the SNS and HFIR, and (iii) the NSSD/ORNL Science Thrust areas;

*         Ensures that the beamlines operated by the Inelastic Neutron Scattering Group remain world leading through the active development and deployment of new instrumentation and techniques for inelastic neutron scattering;

*         Performs line management responsibilities for the instrument scientists and the scientific associates in the group:

o   Works with these individuals to develop performance plans;

o   Periodically reviews and/or updates individual performance plans;

o   Performs year-end evaluations (using input as appropriate, e.g. Science Center leads and Project Program Manager);

o   Ensures training requirements are established for, and achieved by, group members;

o   Approves travel for group members.

*         Promotes and ensures a culture of safe operation of the neutron scattering instruments in the group:

o   Reviews all instrument-specific operations procedures and hazards analyses;

o   Periodically observes and comments on operations and activities surrounding the group instruments.

*         Communicates organizational goals and expectations to group members:

o   Conducts regular group meetings with an emphasis on communication, safety, schedule, and reliability;

o   Provides leadership and vision for the group;

o   Improves performance where needed by assessing execution and taking actions to correct or improve performance.

*         Coordinates activities with other groups and resources in other divisions;

*         Identifies staffing and other resource requirements needed for instrument operations, repairs, maintenance, and upgrades;

*         Develops and manages the overall group budget;

*         Assembles the weekly/monthly metrics and reports these to the Division Office;

*         Participates in periodic reviews of the performance and scientific impact of the instruments in the group, with the goal to engage the user community in defining upgrade paths and establishing priorities;

*         Promotes workshops focused around the development and application of inelastic neutron scattering techniques;

*         Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics in the work environment;

*         Ensures compliance with, and leadership for, environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements.

Qualifications Required:
The successful candidate must have a PhD in science or engineering, with a minimum of five years of experience beyond the doctorate in inelastic neutron scattering research and instrumentation, preferably with both time-of-flight and triple-axis spectrometers. While outstanding candidates from all relevant science disciplines are invited to apply, areas specifically targeted for growth and development are; energy materials (including energy storage systems, photovoltaics, catalysis and solid-state materials), environmental geosciences (including carbon sequestration and chemistry in extreme environments), nanostructured materials (including soft-matter, polymers and self-assembly), and biological systems (bio-energy, bio-membranes and structural biology). The candidate should have demonstrated successful line and/or project management experience in leading a group of scientific researchers. A strong scientific research track record in inelastic neutron scattering is essential, preferably demonstrating success in multi-group collaborations. Experience of successfully working within a user-facility environment is desirable. The candidate will lead and personally contribute to a team environment addressing technically- and scientifically-challenging problems. A distinguished record of research achievement, as evidenced by scholarly publications (a minimum of 10), patents, and/or funded research grants, is required. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, fostering collaborations among all levels, disciplines, and diverse cultural backgrounds of the organization. The successful candidate must possess a demonstrated record of supporting the professional development of research staff and must also foster and maintain high standards in Scientific Ethics, Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) and Quality Assurance.

To apply for this position:       http://jobs.ornl.gov

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