Jens Dilling Director of Institutional Strategic Planning at ORNL

Jens Dilling

Director of Institutional Strategic Planning

Jens Dilling is the Director of Institutional Strategic Planning at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He facilitates and oversees the strategic positioning of the laboratory for science and technologies in the fields of nuclear, energy, and physical sciences, neutron sciences, biological and environmental systems, and nuclear security. Jens is also responsible for the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) portfolio of the laboratory.


Jens received his undergrad degree and PhD from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in Atomic and Nuclear Physics. During his studies he carried out research at the Helmholtz Center GSI Darmstadt and the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN). Prior to coming to ORNL in 2021, he spent 20 years at Canada’s National Laboratory for Accelerator Sciences, TRIUMF and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in various roles, most recently as the Associated Laboratory for Physical Sciences.


Jens is an experimental nuclear physicist and one of the leaders in the field of precision experiments for fundamental and applied nuclear physics with atomic physics techniques. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), he received the APS Pipkin Award, the Vogt-Medal of the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.