Jefferson Lab

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

Posting Date: 11/16/23
Salary Range: $157,400 - $248,800
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business need)

What your job will be like:

The HPDF Science Director is responsible for identifying potential Users for the computational facility, evaluating and managing requirements/needs, developing a user community within the integrated research infrastructure, and advising on the scale, scope, and design of the facility needed to support the new program’s objectives. This role reports to the HPDF Hub Facility Director, and will work closely with the HPDF integrated project team, and Program Manager at the Office of Science. The HPDF Science director manages User Facility and cross-laboratory collaboration with a scope of significant size critical to the project, facility, and Lab’s success. The successful candidate will apply a high level of expertise in planning, guiding and providing direction for large, highly complex, multi-stakeholder scientific ecosystems, and demonstrates independent initiative in determining solutions to the most complex problems where there may be limited precedents. Able to coalesce solutions and maintain momentum in ambiguity. Sets strategic plans for the function in alignment with project, divisional and Lab goals. Will build and manage a team of scientific and technical staff, and manage their growth, budget and performance accordingly. Oversees ancillary projects to assure compliance with budgetary, technical, and schedule goals.

In this role you will:

  • Engage with and build the scientific User community to optimize the design and use of the HPDF and associated Spokes
  • Work with the program office and project team to align, prioritize, and communicate program and user requirements
  • Work with Facility Director to guide the setting, planning, implementing, and analyzing facility objectives and priorities; able to develop a compelling vision for the future of the facility
  • Grow, develop, and performance manage a research and support department to support the User community, providing outreach, training, scientific application development, and User support
  • Understands the national research environment; may evaluate and integrate emerging priorities from major research organizations
  • Participate in strategic leadership planning that shapes the design and use of the HPDF within the integrated research infrastructure; creating user-represented, impactful strategies for the HPDF’s capabilities
  • Develop and execute to key performance parameters that satisfy the scientific objectives of the facility
  • Prepare and persuasively deliver executive level presentations and reports
  • Works with Communications Office on meeting/workshop planning and coordination and to develop science communication outreach; able to generate action items, outcomes, and reporting information from workshops that can be used for stakeholder engagement/information and project reporting/tracking purposes
  • Attendance at Program Office update meetings (such as ASCAC, BESAC, etc) to stay informed on latest program developments from DOE Office of Science
  • Extensive reading and awareness of the developments in data intensive science, artificial intelligence for science, machine learning, advanced research computing, privacy of data etc.

      Qualifications We Require:

      • Master's degree in Computer Science, or other relevant information STEM field
      • 15 years of experience in relevant field or combination of experience, education, and achievement
      • Experience managing scientific and technical professionals; growth, performance, and financial management
        • Experience with the DOE Office of Science and its related programs

          Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

          • Advanced and demonstrated planning, budgeting, problem solving, decision making, analytical, communication, and presentation skills.
          • Developed leadership, managerial, interface, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
          • Advanced knowledge of techniques for application of computation to science research.
          • Recognized by the science community for expertise in relevant areas of computation in support of science.

          Qualifications We Desire:

          • Has served as a principal investigator on federally-funded research
          • Ability to build and develop a team of scientific and technical support staff

          About Jefferson Lab

          Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

          A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

          Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

          At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

          • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
          • Flexible Spending Accounts
          • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave)
          • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
          • Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & Alternate Work Schedules available)
          • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
          • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

          Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

          JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to employment @ or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

          Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.