The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a senior scientist to lead a scientific research organization of about 80 staff members (including limited-term employees such as postdoctoral research associates) and to contribute to our science research programs. Biological Systems Science is an integral component of the Biological Sciences Division encompassing technical teams in the areas of Microbiome Science, Ecosystem Science, Chemical Biology & Exposure Science, and Computational Biology. The Biological Systems Science group also maintains close ties with the other research teams in area of Integrative Omics. The Biological Sciences Division is responsible for a research portfolio focused on the understanding of complex multicellular systems and their response to perturbation, to enable prediction of impacts of climate, energy production and emerging technologies on environmental sustainability and human health. The successful individual will provide leadership to advance biological sciences broadly at PNNL as well as excellent management of a productive and influential research organization.
The successful candidate will quickly learn about the group’s science, capabilities and operations to advance the effectiveness and S&T impact of the group. The successful candidate will understand the importance of collaboration and develop teams as appropriate, and have responsibility for asset management and budgeting to ensure facilities, equipment, and operating procedures that are adequate and ready to carry out safely and securely. The successful candidate will help set the agenda for biological sciences research directions at PNNL, assist staff members to find opportunities for engaging in research efforts, and ensure ongoing research programs led by staff are productive and impactful. Senior candidates are expected to establish themselves as independent principal investigators through competitive proposals, and serve as an active resource for others, mentoring early career staff in proposal and scientific career development.
Managerial responsibilities include the following: • Provide scientific and technological leadership and effective line management for the Biological Systems Science Group. Mentor Teams and Team Leads, encourage a continued upward trend in scientific productivity and impact, and ensure safe and secure operations within the group. • Collaborate with sector managers and others inside and outside PNNL to develop new research programs for the group and the division. • Develop expertise in the organization through hiring and mentoring, and ensure access to resources needed for the research effort. Recruit outstanding new staff to meet current and anticipated needs and to build new capability areas aligned with EBSD and PNNL strategic priorities, and support career growth for group members, including annual performance reviews and career planning activities. • Participate in division and directorate-level operational, strategic planning, and line management meetings. Maintain effective operations within the organization including the management of overhead budgets to achieve operational targets and compliance with policies & procedures. • Business management of research activities, including employee time reporting, safety and risk assessment. • Represent the group and its research activities to others inside and outside PNNL, in both scientific and management forums and provide leadership that will advance biological sciences broadly at PNNL.
Research responsibilities include the following: • Lead and/or contribute to research projects performing research leading to high-value results such as high-impact peer-reviewed publications, developing expertise and ideas, and mentoring scientific staff. • Contribute to external R&D activities including both professional societies and research agencies that set the future research agenda.
Equal Employment Opportunity
PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
BS/BA with 9 years’ experience; MS/MA with 7 years’ experience; PhD 5 years’ experience
• Ph.D. in biological science, environmental science and/or engineering or a related field plus 10+ years’ experience. • Strong demonstrated record of accomplishment with high-impact publications, invited presentations and leadership/visibility within scientific community and funding sponsors. • Demonstrated program development, project management, and PI funded research programs. • Demonstrated mentorship, career development and/or line management experience. • Experience with multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams is highly important. • Excellent communications, interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills. • Technical Expertise: National or international authority. Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific or engineering principles in broad areas of assignments and related fields. •Level of Responsibility: Exercises an identifiable expertise by making significant and progressive contributions. • Breadth of Technical Knowledge: Advances state of the art technologies and concepts.
Internal Number: 307130
About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the nation's premier laboratory for scientific discovery in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics and for solutions to the nation's toughest challenges in energy resiliency and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit PNNL's News Center or look up current job openings by searching for "chemistry" at jobs.pnnl.gov.