Berkeley Lab is looking for a dynamic leader to serve as Director of the Advanced Light Source.
The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national scientific user facility. The ALS's excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft X-ray, hard X-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab operated DOE user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science.
In this critical role, the new ALS Director will join Berkeley Lab's senior leadership team and provide scientific vision and leadership for the facility. The Director (1) is responsible for delivering ~5000 hours per year of safe and reliable synchrotron operation, and overseeing a budget of over $65 million and a staff of over 200 employees; (2) has full responsibility for all areas of management within the ALS, including scientific research, operations, finance, human resources, and EHS; (3) oversees a technical management team and the Deputies for Science and Operations who are responsible for day-to-day operations of the ALS; (4) maintains a vibrant ALS user program and responds to the needs of the user community by developing and executing strategic plans for beamlines, accelerator projects, and staffing, to maintain ALS at the forefront of soft X-ray science; and (5) must establish a culture of excellence and inclusion by recruiting and retaining outstanding employees – including scientists and engineers in strategic areas of basic research – and enthusiastically supporting and promoting their careers. The Director is advised by the ALS Scientific Advisory Committee, the Users' Executive Committee, and the Proposal Study Panels.
The ALS Director will also play an essential role in ensuring the success of the Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U) project and the future of the ALS beyond the project, partnering closely with the ALS-U Project Director to facilitate the timely completion of the project, while maintaining the excellent scientific user program of the ALS and maximizing the scientific benefits of the upgrade.
The ALS Director is a member of the executive team of the Energy Sciences Area, a group of four Berkeley Lab Divisions that is primarily funded by the Basic Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science. In this role the Director should build collaborative partnerships and programs within the Energy Sciences Area, with other Divisions at Berkeley Lab, and with external research institutions. Other important responsibilities include collaborating with Divisions whose staff are matrixed to the ALS or who operate ALS beamlines, acting as a spokesperson for the ALS in interactions with the DOE, and articulating the ALS mission to visitors and the public at large.
About Berkeley Lab:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
Provides scientific and operational leadership for the Advanced Light Source
Ensures the reliable and safe operation of the facility, including the accelerator, beamlines, and experiments, for both users and staff, and pursues strategies to proactively mitigate risk.
Oversees the recruitment and career advancement of ALS employees, promoting a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity
Works collaboratively with other divisions across the laboratory whose staff support the operation and maintenance of the accelerator and/or manage the operation and user programs of some beamlines
Ensures the effective management of engineering and technical resources
Oversees the development of budgets and staffing plans
Directs R&D activities within the division
Works collaboratively with the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and the other Division Directors within the Area (Chemical Sciences, Materials Sciences, Molecular Foundry) to develop new research initiatives and other activities to advance the mission of the Energy Sciences Area
Serves as the ALS's primary point of contact to the DOE, scientific community, and public
Builds partnerships with other light sources, DOE user facilities at LBNL, and LBNL/UC Berkeley scientists
Ph.D. or equivalent experience and an internationally recognized record of scientific accomplishments and leadership
Demonstrated record of effective management of large-scale scientific projects, programs, or facilities
Ability to provide effective management and administrative oversight, demonstrate creativity in decision making and problem solving, experience in human resource management, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, mentoring, and career development of staff
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with funding agencies including the Department of Energy, and demonstrated ability to initiate substantial new research efforts and collaborations
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of scientists, engineers, and technical staff, as well as with external stakeholders from both scientific and lay backgrounds
Ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner
At least 15 years of post-degree professional experience and regarded as a respected expert and leader in a field closely related to ALS science
Internationally recognized expert in soft X-ray science.
Extensive experience working collaboratively with staff and researchers from disparate backgrounds and expertise
Demonstrated ability to create and implement a scientific vision across multiple domain areas
Experience with DOE Order 413.3b Project Management oversight
Considerable technical and programmatic understanding of multifaceted and complex accelerator facilities, including experimental user programs
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration please apply by January 31, 2018.
The Advanced Light Source Director is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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