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Deputy Division Director- National Center for Computational Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Requisition Id 1150

The science of the 21st century demands computational capabilities far beyond what is generally available today. ORNL and the Department of Energys Office of Science (DOE-SC) intend to lead the world in computational science and engineering as a tool for frontier scientific discovery to deliver new insights and significant breakthroughs with far-reaching impact for U.S. scientific leadership, industrial competitiveness, and national security. The Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aspires to continue to be the home of the intellectual and facility resources needed to accomplish these goals and is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Deputy Director of the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS). NCCS is ORNLs outward facing high-performance computing enterprise anchored by DOEs Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). As such, and consistent with its designation as a National User Facility, it deploys and supports multiple leadership computing, storage, and data analytics programs for US government agencies including the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA), among others. The NCCS Deputy Director reports to the NCCS Division Director.

Over the past decade, ORNL has established a record for deploying and operating the worlds most powerful computing systems where this emphasis on extreme scale systems is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Sustaining this capability requires a deep understanding of high-performance computing ecosystems, along with computational approaches to science and engineering, applied mathematics, and computer science to ensure responsible deployment and effective utilization of these systems. This position is responsible for helping to maintain a world-class infrastructure in support of capability-limited computational and data-intensive science, the continued deployment of leadership-class systems on scope, on schedule and on budget, and the delivery of high scientific productivity through improved system software and enabling tools for science outcomes in biology, chemistry, climate, energy, fusion, materials, along with data analytics initiatives in these and other scientific and technical areas of strategic importance to the DOE Office of Science and other federal agencies. The successful candidate will organize, direct, and manage a subset of selected activities in the division.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The major duties and responsibilities of the position are, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to strategic and business planning, business development, relationship management, budgeting, and program execution for high-performance computing initiatives at ORNL, including work sponsored by the Department of Energy Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) programs, as well as computational related work sponsored by others through Strategic Partnership Programs, User Agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a stimulating environment for creativity and scientific and technical excellence that will attract and retain outstanding research staff.
  • Participate in the development of long-range plans for current and proposed programs in the division; and provide aggressive leadership for the organization, in both a managerial and technical capacity.
  • Work with the Division Director to prioritize program development opportunities and oversee their execution.
  • Provide scientific leadership through engagement with the Division Director in the management and execution of National User Facility Programs with the goal of ensuring excellence in scientific outcomes.
  • Participate in the management of division resources and operations of a high-performance computational research facility, will identify opportunities to enhance capabilities and will help to strategically identify, recruit, and hire staff, and will actively engage in oversight and management of computational resources awarded under major scientific user programs.
  • Foster clear scientific, technical, and budget communications within and outside the National Center for Computational Sciences.
  • Highlight technical achievements and staff recognition, identifying opportunities, and addressing issues of importance for the organization.
  • Mentor staff for professional success.
  • Promote a culture of safety and equality in the workplace.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of institutional values and ethics.
  • Manage selected division functions in accordance with DOE and ORNL policies, procedures and mandates.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in an area of computational science, applied mathematics, or computer science
  • A nationally recognized record of research/technical achievement, as evidenced by scholarly publications, patents, and/or funded research grants.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience beyond a Ph.D.
  • A minimum of 3 years of demonstrated management experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience with DOE sponsors, including the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) programs, Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, and the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) highly desired.
  • The demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and manage the budget and activities of a large organization.
  • A demonstrated record of supporting the professional development of research and technical staff.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.

Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance. This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position, which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result. ORNL, a multi-program research facility managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy, is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse work force.

ORNL Ethics and Conduct:

As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL`s Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director`s office can be found here:

Benefits at ORNL:

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.


UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email THIS EMAIL .

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-verify Employer.
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