The Energy and Global Security (EGS) directorate focuses on an integrated Science and Technology pipeline from discovery to technology to society. The research conducted in the directorate applies knowledge gained through Argonne’s basic, fundamental scientific research to specific energy and security challenges. In that sense, EGS bridges the gap between discovery science and applied research.
As home to the research from which Argonne was first conceived, nuclear energy research, EGS encompasses a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and technical support staff, all of whom are committed to developing and delivering innovative solutions to address our most pressing energy concerns.
What makes EGS unique? Its people—our world-renowned scientists and engineers and dedicated support staff. This highly capable team pursues big, ambitious ideas that address our country’s most pressing energy and security challenges. Our research takes a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex challenges and developing useful technologies that can transform the marketplace and change the world.
The Strategic Security Sciences Division seeks a Division Director to inspire and motivate a multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement practical approaches and technical solutions to address severe threats to national and global security. The Division Director is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the division, set short and long term goals of the division, as well as the program development activities. Program development will focus on creating new funding opportunities through the conception of innovative scientific and technical capabilities and identifying new funding sources for new long-term programs. The Division Director will establish the divisional programmatic goals and objectives and provides technical expertise. Divisional programmatic focus includes safeguard & security, cyber security, nuclear and biological threat reduction, nuclear forensics, and vulnerability assessments. The role anticipates research trends in order to formulate long-range plans, strategies, and new initiatives and assures that programs maintain relevance and effectiveness in a diverse and changing scientific environment. The incumbent coordinates the preparation of divisional reviews, proposals, initiatives, and other communications that lead to funding support for research programs.
As a member of the EGS directorate leadership team and the Lab’s extended leadership team, the Strategic Security Sciences Division Director is a strategic partner in aligning the division’s strategic goals to the directorate and the Laboratory’s strategic goals. They will encourage and develop inter-divisional, inter-directorate, and multi-disciplinary research initiatives and collaborations across the Laboratory. The Strategic Security Sciences Division Director leads a division with 110-120 employees, including temporary employees, with 17 direct reports. Interacts with other Argonne leadership teams in the planning, coordination, integration, and enhancement of research, development, and assessment activities. This position manages programs and interacts with Laboratory, Department of Energy, other government agencies, program sponsors, and industry partners.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in a science or engineering field relevant to National Security, Safeguards, or similar relevant discipline, with a Ph.D. preferred, supplemented by no less than fifteen years’ experience including relevant, demonstrated accomplishments in scientific leadership and management.
The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” clearance is mandatory.
Experience with national security, safeguards, or infrastructure science research and development and is recognized as a national leader in this specified space.
Strong leadership and management skills in attracting, managing and sustaining a highly competent and diverse interdisciplinary staff and maintaining an open and collegial environment.
Comprehensive skills and abilities in acquiring and maintaining relationships with multiple sponsors/stakeholders. Preferred candidates will have experience and established relationships with some agencies.
Considerable skill in oral and written communications skills and the ability to work with high level internal and external contacts while displaying the ability to adapt knowledge to complex situations, communications and leadership issues.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 404171
About Argonne National Laboratory
The Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will be a best-in-class organization. By employing our exceptional staff, research, and technologies to address the most pressing and challenging global security risks and issues of our time, GSS can help assure a more prosperous, secure, and resilient global community.
GSS is driven by the following Argonne-wide principles:
• Conduct focused, mission-driven research
• Provide visionary science and engineering
• Deliver game-changing innovation