Berkeley Lab is seeking a dynamic scientific leader with a national and international reputation and record of accomplishment to serve as the Director of the Molecular Foundry. The Molecular Foundry is a national scientific user facility and independent division at Berkeley Lab, and one of five Nanoscale Science Research Centers sponsored by the Basic Energy Sciences Office of the DOE Office of Science. The Director guides the dual mission of the Molecular Foundry, which is both a multidisciplinary research center at the forefront of nanoscale science and a knowledge-based user facility that provides its state-of-the-art expertise, methods, and instrumentation to over 800 users per year. The Foundry features collaborative research staff and world-leading capabilities in its seven integrated technical facilities: Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures, Nanofabrication, Theory of Nanostructured Materials, Inorganic Nanostructures, Biological Nanostructures, Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy.
Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, the Molecular Foundry Director is responsible for providing scientific vision and organizational leadership for both the user and internal research programs of the Molecular Foundry, and building a vibrant and interactive research community at the Foundry. The Director is responsible for representing and strategically prioritizing investments and initiatives that promote the Foundry's highly collaborative, multidisciplinary internal research portfolio, ensuring that it is responsive to the needs of the nanoscience user community. The Director establishes a culture of excellence and inclusion by recruiting and retaining outstanding employees – including scientists and engineers in strategic areas of basic research who perform independent research and collaborate with users – and enthusiastically supports and promotes their careers. The Director is also responsible for maintaining a vibrant user program, including formulating strategies for user outreach, recruitment, and tracking and responding to the needs of the user community, as expressed by the User Executive Committee. The Director oversees a budget of approximately $30 million and a staff of over 80 employees, including staff scientists/engineers, research/engineering associates, postdoctoral fellows, and management, administrative, IT, finance, human resources, environment/health/safety (EHS), and communications and outreach staff. The Director receives scientific and strategic guidance from an external Scientific Advisory Board, as well as an internal committee of Facility Directors.
The Director will serve as a member of the executive team of the Energy Sciences Area, which is primarily funded by the Basic Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science. As a member of Berkeley Lab's management, the Director is expected to build collaborative partnerships and programs within the Energy Sciences Area, with other Divisions at Berkeley Lab, and with external research institutions. The Director will act as a spokesperson for the Molecular Foundry in interactions with the DOE and will articulate the Foundry's mission to visitors and the public at large.
The Director will also contribute to the leadership of large-scale Laboratory initiatives, including the development of multidisciplinary activities around themes such as: electron microscopy, quantum information science, advanced biogenic chemicals and materials, and scientific opportunities that will be made possible by the Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U).
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 (DOE) Office of Science.
Provides scientific and operational leadership for the Molecular Foundry
Ensures the reliable and safe operation of the facility, including all equipment, capabilities, and experiments, for both users and staff, and pursues strategies to proactively mitigate risks
Maintains and advances the Molecular Foundry's world-class user program
Oversees the recruitment and career advancement of Foundry employees through active mentoring, and promotes a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity
Oversees the development of budgets and staffing plans
Guides the R&D activities within the division
Design and lead a robust individual research program that is synergistic with current expertise and capabilities at the Foundry and across Berkeley Lab
Works collaboratively and supportively with the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and the other Division Directors within the Area (Advanced Light Source, Chemical Sciences, Materials Sciences) to develop new research initiatives and other activities to advance the mission of the Energy Sciences Area
Interacts and collaborates with other senior LBNL management
Serves as the Molecular Foundry's primary point of contact to the DOE, scientific community, and public
Leads Molecular Foundry efforts to prepare for, conduct, and respond to DOE programmatic reviews.
Builds partnerships with other nanocenters, DOE user facilities at LBNL, and LBNL/UC Berkeley scientists
Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a field relevant to nanoscience and an internationally recognized record of scientific accomplishments and leadership
Demonstrated record of effective management of 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, and demonstrated ability to initiate substantial new research efforts and collaborations
Skilled in building and leading collaboration among multidisciplinary teams, including scientists, engineers, and technical support staff
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 nanoscience
Experience working with the Department of Energy and familiarity with their programs and structure
Demonstrated ability to create and implement a scientific vision across multiple domain areas
Extensive experience relating to the management and operation of a user facility
Please upload a CV and a brief statement of interest when applying.
The Director of the Molecular 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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