The Computational Sciences and Engineering Division in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a senior scientist to lead a world-class research group in Quantum Information Science (QIS). The QIS group includes more than fifteen full-time scientists carrying out theoretical and experimental research in fundamental and applied quantum computing, communication, and sensing. With substantial institutional investments in equipment and facilities, as well as recent and expected increases in federal funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal agencies, the QIS group is positioned to experience rapid growth. Building on this solid foundation, the successful candidate will develop capabilities in the group to address the entire quantum information R&D cycle, from foundational principles to device engineering, fabrication, and implementation. In addition, the candidate will oversee the group’s science agenda, will lead the effort to respond to new funding opportunities, and will guide the ongoing growth and development of the research staff that will carry out that agenda.
The major duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Oversee high quality research in areas related to quantum information science.
• Collaborate with application scientists inside and outside of the laboratory to advance the scientific mission of the group, laboratory, the Department of Energy and other sponsors.
• Interact with the appropriate program offices and other agencies to develop and maintain program funding for basic and applied research in relevant areas of quantum information science.
• Develop new research directions as a basis of continued funding and the overall health of the group.
• Represent group-level work to review committees and outside bodies as appropriate.
• Manage staff within the group, including the selection and retention of highly qualified staff; the development of staff capabilities; and ensuring that staff members are effectively utilized, rewarded, and motivated.
• Manage the group budget.
• Provide leadership in all areas of ES&H and full implementation of integrated safety management in the group.
• Write peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and proposals for internal and external release and represent the organization by giving technical presentations in large public forums.
• A PhD in a field of study related to quantum information science
• A minimum of 10 years related experience. The group leader’s expertise should complement areas already represented in the group (see https://www.ornl.gov/division/csed/quantum-information).
• 5 years of experience in program management and/or research management at a large research institution, or government entity.
• Experience managing computer science research and technology development projects dealing with quantum information science technologies alone and/or in collaboration with other technical domains.
• Extensive experience in a field related to quantum information, including device engineering.
• Experience developing new business.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with senior levels of client management and others involved in technical endeavors.
• Demonstrated ability to write research plans and proposals and to project a vision for future research relevant to quantum information science.
• A successful record of developing research partnerships and collaborative relationships with universities, industry, and research laboratories is necessary.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, outstanding written and oral communication skills, good organizational skills.
Special Requirement: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy, which requires US Citizenship. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse program (WSAP) testing designed 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 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.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.