Section Head, Advanced Computing Methods for Quantum Information Sciences

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    Overview: 

    We are seeking a Section Head in the area of Advanced Computing Methods for Quantum Information Sciences in the Computational Science and Engineering Division (CSED). CSED focuses on transdisciplinary computational science and analytics at scale to enable scientific discovery across the physical sciences, engineered systems, and biomedicine and health. It provides foundations and advances in quantum information sciences to enable quantum computers, devices, and networked systems. It develops community applications, data assets, and technologies and provides assurance to build knowledge and impact in novel, crosscut-science outcomes. Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education.

     

    Purpose

    The R&D Section Head will provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership to a thematic area of science and technology that integrates several thematically aligned R&D groups consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

     

    The R&D Section Head works closely with the Division Director and section Group Leaders to establish and implement the science and technology directions for the section; support the Group Leaders to ensure their success and the success of the R&D groups as world-recognized leaders in their fields; ensure that staff members understand business opportunities; identify links to current and future funding opportunities and R&D programs; develop and implement consistent processes for the peer-review of proposals consistent with lab standards; model proper Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality practices; and ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community

     

    Research

    We seek Scientists/engineers/analysts who have significantly advanced knowledge/technology within the quantum information sciences. They will initiate, lead and deliver R&D programs and initiatives on an ongoing basis.

     

    Their work directly impacts the present and future of the laboratory in significant ways within one or more of the following sections.

     

    Advanced Computing Methods for Quantum Information Sciences

    Exploits quantum phenomena to deliver transformative capabilities in computing, communication, and sensing

     

    Quantum Communications — Leverages experimental expertise in the implementation of quantum sensors, networks, and algorithms in quantum hardware platforms to demonstrate quantum advantage

    Quantum Computational Science — Develops the fundamental quantum computer science, algorithms, and software interfaces needed to fully leverage quantum computers as accelerators to advance scientific discovery

     

    Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

    Leadership

    Work closely with the Division Director and Group Leaders within the section to develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the section. Demonstrate cross-functional team leadership.
    Support Division Director in the operations of the division and represent Director when Director is not available.
    Work with section Group Leaders to establish, communicate, and measure critical metrics for success and impact. Benchmark against the best in the world.
    Actively contribute to shaping the division’s, directorate’s, and laboratory’s research plans and investments.
    Build strong teams by collaborating across ORNL and securing external expertise when needed. Leverage ORNL facilities and resources when developing new projects.
    Work with the Group Leaders and the Division Director to assess and calibrate individual staff performance across the section.  Evaluate progress regularly, providing feedback and addressing performance issues in a timely manner.
    Develop and implement Succession Planning with input from Group Leaders for all critical positions in the section to ensure future success.
    Ensure groups are recruiting and hiring from a diverse pool of top candidates who are committed to world-class research and aspire to be the best in their field.  Approve job offers.
    Drive staff promotions and development.
    Address in a timely manner all concerns expressed by staff and any disciplinary actions.
    Lead by example, using the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research and in dealing with others.
    Employ best practices, such as holding regular meetings, being visible in the workplace, monitoring budgets, acknowledging sponsors, and adhering to ORNL business systems requirements regarding staff requests for foreign travel and submission of quality proposals.
    Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles and ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
    Exemplify a commitment to “One ORNL” by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab.

     

    Service

    Serve as direct supervisor for section Group Leaders.
    Counsel/consult/mentor staff and transfer knowledge of specialized field(s) to a variety of staff, including senior staff.
    Connect staff to your network.  Assist Group Leaders (and R&D staff when appropriate) in setting long-term career goals.  Identify additional mentors as appropriate and engage senior staff to act in this capacity.
    Be open and transparent in communicating information to your groups and communicate staff achievements and changes to stakeholders in a timely manner.
    Work with Group Leaders to ensure staff are participating actively in professional service (engagement in scientific societies, workshop and conference organization, peer review, advisory board membership, etc.).
    Advocate for and support internal and external recognition of staff achievements.  Ensure the Section’s external professional presence is strong.
    Communicate funding/proposal opportunities to staff and support proposal development as appropriate (mentoring, proposal reviews, budget preparation, etc.).
    Ensure that staff manage their research projects effectively to deliver results on scope, schedule, and budget while meeting scientific, technical, and business expectations.
    Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
    Recognize and support the contributions and responsibilities of Group Leaders and Laboratory Space Managers to lab safety.

     

    Accountabilities:

    To section staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
    To organization managers, for world-leading science and technology directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services.
    To customer, for the quality of products and service

     

    Authorities:

    Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the section.
    Hold group leaders accountable for performance
    Act to ensure safe and effective operations
    Hire group leaders

     

    Basic Qualifications:

    Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 12-year relevant experience or a M.S. with a minimum of 16-year experience or a B.S. with 20-years of experience.
    Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams
    Other qualifications are section specific

     

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Ph.D. in field related to relevant Section
    Experience managing research projects dealing with computational and engineering technologies at the largest scales of computing and data and/or in collaboration with other technical domains.
    Experience writing successful R&D proposals to multiple government agencies.
    Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with senior levels of client management and others involved in technical endeavors.
    Demonstrated ability to write research plans, technical reports to a sponsor, and proposals and to develop and execute on a vision for future research relevant to modeling and simulation.
    A successful record of developing research partnerships and collaborative relationships with universities, industry, and research laboratories.
    Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and good organizational skills.

     

    Special Requirements:

    This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

     

    Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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