Overview: We are currently seeking qualified applicants to serve as Section Head for Resilient Complex Systems in the Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division. The Resilient Complex Systems Section carries out the science mission of enhancing the security and resilience of complex cyber-physical systems, or systems of cyber-physical systems.
The Section Head will provide visionary leadership of the Cyber-Physical Systems, Energy and Control Systems Security, and Vulnerability Science Research Groups to further establish this section as a premier science organization.
Cyber-Physical Systems — Focuses on critical cyber-physical resilience and security for critical infrastructure that supports our national defense and intelligence agencies. Key components of this group include embedded system security science and digital forensics to enable the discovery of attribution and the specific details of adversarial attacks that will inform the most effective mitigations.
Energy and Control Systems Security — Performs research and develop security and resilience science to address national critical infrastructure that drives our energy infrastructure and the supporting control systems and networks. This group will also focus on other critical infrastructure that is important to the Department of Energy such as manufacturing systems, vehicles, and buildings.
Vulnerability Science — Performs R&D in software vulnerability research, including the creation of semi-automated methods and tools to enable effective discovery of bugs, determination of the level of vulnerability of such bugs, and the development of bug mitigation and exploitation techniques.
Provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership for a thematic area of science and technology that integrates several aligned R&D groups consistent with ORNL’s science culture and ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution.
The R&D Section Head works closely with the Division Director and Group Leaders to establish and implement the science and technology directions for the section; support the Group Leaders to ensure their success and the success of the R&D groups as world-recognized leaders in their fields; ensure that staff members understand business opportunities; identify links to current and future funding opportunities and R&D programs; develop and implement consistent processes for the peer-review of proposals consistent with lab standards; model proper Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality practices; and ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.
The National Security Sciences Directorate conducts research and development to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges and adversaries. Our directorate houses S&T leadership in cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, geospatial science and technology, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing. Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.
Our commitment to diversity: As we strive to become the world’s premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce. We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences. Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiates, leads and performs R&D programs and initiatives on an ongoing basis.
Work closely with Division Director and Group Leaders within the section to develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading science and technology directions for the section. Demonstrate cross-functional team leadership.
Work with section Group Leaders to establish, communicate, and measure critical metrics for success and impact. Benchmark against the best in the world.
Actively contribute to shaping the division’s, directorate’s, and laboratory’s research plans and investments.
Build strong teams by collaborating across ORNL and securing external expertise when needed. Leverage ORNL facilities and resources when developing new projects.
Evaluate Group Lead progress regularly, providing feedback and addressing performance issues in a timely manner.
Ensure groups are recruiting and hiring from a diverse pool of top candidates who are committed to world-class research and aspire to be the best in their field.
Lead by example, using the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research and in dealing with others.
Coach and mentor staff regarding ORNL’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles and ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
Exemplify a commitment to "One ORNL" by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab.
Counsel/consult/mentor staff and transfer knowledge of specialized field(s) to a variety of staff, including senior staff.
Work with Group Leaders to ensure staff are participating actively in professional service (engagement in scientific societies, workshop and conference organization, peer review, advisory board membership, etc.).
Advocate for and support internal and external recognition of staff achievements. Ensure the Section’s external professional presence is strong.
Communicate funding/proposal opportunities to staff and support proposal development as appropriate (mentoring, proposal reviews, budget preparation, etc.).
Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 12-year relevant experience or a M.S. with a minimum of 16-year experience or a B.S. with 20-years of experience.
Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams.
A research track record in areas relevant to the mission of the section.
Experience working for or collaborating with DOE National Laboratories (or similar R&D organizations).
Special Requirement: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program. In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.
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