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Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks a scientific leader with demonstrated success empowering diverse teams to make transformative impacts in research and development.
In July, Thomas Zacharia announced his retirement after more than five years as Lab Director and chief executive of UT-Battelle LLC, which operates ORNL for the Department of Energy.
To identify his successor, the board of UT-Battelle appointed a Search Committee to review candidates and has retained executive search firm Russell Reynolds to conclude the search for a leader who will continue ORNL's nearly 80-year legacy of enabling world-leading experts to leverage uniquely powerful tools for breakthroughs that serve national priorities in fundamental science, energy technology, and national security.
The UT-Battelle Board of Governors seeks a widely recognized science and technology leader, with demonstrated abilities to drive scientific, engineering, and technical excellence and mission impact to serve as the Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The lab director must be capable of managing a large, complex research and development institution and possess an understanding of the importance of integrating fundamental research and applied research and development to deliver impactful outcomes.
The lab director must be a strategic and open communicator, capable of engaging and inspiring some of our nation’s best minds through a shared vision and strategy with inclusion and diversity as a guiding principle, and adept at conveying complex problems and opportunities to multiple audiences.
ORNL is a world-class research and development institution assigned important DOE missions in fundamental science, energy, and national security. ORNL operates several national user facilities and has a diverse portfolio of research and development. This diversity requires an approachable and empowering leader capable of being conversant in multiple technical fields, with excellent strategic insight, and skillful management of a broad range of skills, capabilities, operational hazards, and risks. Moreover, the lab director must be a national thought leader in ensuring the continued importance of science and technology in solving major challenges in fundamental science, energy, environment, and security.
ORNL is responsible for multiple, highly complex, multi-year and multi-billion-dollar technical programs and projects. The lab director must understand the rigor and diverse skill sets necessary to successfully deliver these initiatives in an integrated fashion.
ORNL is one of DOE’s largest multi-program research and development institutions. ORNL’s continued impact and relevance will be enhanced through an extensive set of partners. The lab director must be a collaborator, able to seek out, nurture relationships, and team with R&D partners from other laboratories, universities, and industry.
Located in east Tennessee, ORNL has historical roots in the Manhattan Project and a special relationship with the local communities, region, and state of Tennessee. The UT-Battelle Board of Governors is accountable to ensure that ORNL becomes an even more impactful R&D institution, increasingly relevant in today’s world. The lab director must draw appropriately on the past, be able to see and lead the institution into the future and do so by fostering a work environment that demands simultaneous excellence in the science and engineering mission, operations, and community engagement.
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Interested parties should contact Matt Elam, ORNL Talent Acquisition Manager.
UT-Battelle appointed a distinguished search committee to identify a diverse pool of strategic scientific leaders whose track records include impactful research and the successful delivery of large projects; a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the qualities necessary to inspire talented professionals across the laboratory to their greatest impact.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.