Laboratory Director

Operated by the University of Chicago for the United States government since the founding of the laboratory in 1946, and under the Department of Energy since its establishment in 1977, Argonne's broad-based capabilities in the basic and applied sciences and engineering are focused on meeting key national needs in science and technology. This is accomplished through ground-breaking discovery science that expands our understanding of physical, chemical, materials, mathematical, and biological phenomena and transforms discoveries into innovative solutions to critical challenges in energy, transportation, infrastructure, and security. Argonne is home to a staff of over 3,400 employees, including over 1,500 scientists, engineers and postdoctoral scholars. Argonne is also a locus of research for over 6500 scientists and engineers each year from around the nation and the world whose work is advanced by access to the Lab's user facilities and research centers, as well as collaborations with Argonne scientists. Argonne's unmatched portfolio of integrated, on-site user facilities include the Advanced Photon Source, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the Center for Nanoscale Materials, and the Argonne Tandem-Linac Accelerator System. Argonne and the University of Chicago are continually seeking ways for the Laboratory to leverage its Chicago-area location, expanding its impact on the regional innovation ecosystem through partnerships with The University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hyde Park and other regional institutions, such as Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and local industry to accelerate the transition of Laboratory research and technology to the marketplace.
The Director, reporting to the President of the University of Chicago and Chairman of the Board of Directors for UChicago Argonne LLC, is responsible for leading and managing the Laboratory's scientific programs and operational support systems as well as its critical relationships with the Department of Energy and institutional partners in the Chicago region. On a day to day basis the Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago. The University and the Director are aided in their stewardship, oversight, advocacy, and leadership of the Laboratory by the Argonne Board of Governors, appointed by the University, and serving as an intrinsic and essential component of the governance of the Laboratory.
The Director will lead the Laboratory in the ongoing development, refinement and implementation of its strategic vision, ensuring Argonne's continued distinction within the national R&D enterprise and its ability to provide the basis for national policy on a broad range of science and technology issues. The Director will be accountable for fostering a positive organizational culture that: is conducive to research and development; values excellence; attracts, retains, and develops an outstanding and diverse workforce; values originality, transparency, entrepreneurship, and service; encourages multi-disciplinary and collaborative programs; ensures outstanding performance in environment, safety and health (ESH) and quality assurance areas; communicates effectively both internally and externally; and minimizes bureaucracy.
Position Requirements
Visionary leadership of Argonne for national and global impact through the science and engineering, creating value for the nation and the Department of Energy.
Develops and implements high-impact programmatic strategies that leverage all the resources available to Argonne and are synergistic with other R&D actors in the region.
Communicates compelling vision of Argonne's value, mission, and initiatives to all stakeholders, both internal and external to the Laboratory
Cultivates a positive relationship with the DOE that benefits Argonne and expands its ability to accomplish its mission in groundbreaking science and transformative technology and to compete for federal funding.
Pursuit of research collaborations between Argonne and the University of Chicago that broaden and deepen the relationship in mutually beneficial ways that increase impact and eminence.
Seeks opportunities to collaborate with the University of Chicago in key administrative areas where Argonne and the University can gain improved performance and efficiencies.
Recruits and develops outstanding and diverse scientific talent.
Maintains a no-surprises, high-performing financial and operating environment.
Scientific Stature and Credibility
An accomplished scientist or engineer with expertise and credibility in fields related to Argonne's areas of focus. In addition, he/she will have the proven ability to provide scientific leadership at an enterprise-wide level, facilitating the success of other scientists and engineers and driving distinction at an institutional level.
Executive Leadership
Executive leadership experience sufficient to conclusively demonstrate the individual's ability to lead a large, complex organization. Ideally, this includes significant experience in leading people, managing budgets, overseeing operations, and engaging internal and external stakeholders, and managing change and uncertainty. It is also highly desirable that the individual have demonstrated the necessary business development skills to implement large and complex programs.
Knowledge of the Department of Energy
While experience in the National Lab system is not a requirement, the successful candidate must have had enough exposure to the Department of Energy and a sufficient understanding of its culture, priorities, and decision making processes to be able to manage and build on this critical relationship.
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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