We are currently seeking qualified applicants to serve as Section Head for the Mission Management Software Section within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division. The Mission Management Software Section develops, maintains, and manages innovative software systems that support missions of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) associated with collection, analysis, and reporting of data for infrastructure and project management; strategic commodity inventory and tracking; applied data analytics for multi-component measurement and operating systems; and decision management.
The Section Head will provide strategic and technical leadership for the following groups: Enterprise Systems, Systems Management, and Systems and Data Analysis
Enterprise Systems — Develops software for the infrastructure and project management system used principally by NNSA offices.
Systems Management — Focuses on life-cycle development, quality assurance, testing and verification, user support, and operations for software systems.
Systems and Data Analysis — Develops software and user interfaces for systems that implement applied data management and analytics for multi-component systems used in nuclear nonproliferation mission areas.
Provide leadership to a thematic area of technical professional expertise for a variety of projects, programs or operations that integrates several aligned technical groups consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.
The Technical Section Head works closely with the Division Director and section Group Leaders to establish and implement the technology directions or operational plans for the section; support the Group Leaders to ensure their success and the success of the groups as world-recognized leaders in their fields; ensure that staff members understand project/program directions and opportunities; develop and implement consistent processes for the peer-review of technical products 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.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide leadership for the technology development and application-focused missions of the section staff, establishing vision and direction as well as opportunities for programmatic and technical engagements internal and external to the section.
Engage programmatically and technically across the division, directorate, and laboratory to help sustain and grow ORNL impact on the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security missions of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Initiate, lead and perform application-focused programs and initiatives on an ongoing basis.
Work closely with the Division Director and Group Leaders within the section to develop a vision and implement a strategy that applies world-leading technology and operational excellence. 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 R&D 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 professional 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. in computer science, engineering, the physical sciences, or applied mathematics with a minimum of 7 years relevant experience or a M.S. in computer science, engineering, the physical sciences, or applied mathematics with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience or a B.S. in computer science, engineering, the physical sciences, or applied mathematics with a minimum of 12 years relevant experience.
15 years of experience in the development, testing, and operation of web-based and desktop software systems that address complex problems posed from various research, engineering and/or facility infrastructure needs.
Demonstrated experience leading software development projects, including team and resource management, from concept to completion.
Demonstrated experience with various software development methodologies.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated leadership ability and a strong commitment to a teaming environment.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Special Requirement: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a 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.
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