The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking an experienced scientific leader with an international reputation, significant management experience and an outstanding record of accomplishment to serve as the Project Director for the Cosmic Microwave Background Stage 4 (CMB-S4) project. CMB-S4 is envisioned as a multi-agency, multi-site project that will deploy and operate 500,000 superconducting detectors on multiple millimeter wave telescopes to deliver transformative discoveries in fundamental physics, cosmology, astrophysics, and astronomy. With a total project cost estimate of more than $600M, execution of the CMB-S4 project will involve contributions from multiple national labs and universities.
Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences at Berkeley Lab, the CMB-S4 Project Director is responsible and accountable for the successful execution of the CMB-S4 project within the approved cost, schedule and technical scope. This includes selection of technical and project staff, oversight of system requirements and flow-down to technical designs, implementation of effective project management systems, cost controls and schedules, identification and mitigation of project risks, and coordination of internal and external peer reviews. The Project Director will be the primary point of contact for the CMB-S4 project with the federal agencies, and will be expected to maintain transparent and effective communication with line management, federal agency sponsors, the CMB-S4 collaboration, the scientific community, and other stakeholders. The Project Director will also ensure that all necessary and appropriate environment, health and safety (EHS) requirements are integrated into the project execution plan and that all project activities are conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
Significant experience and demonstrated competence in the management of complex scientific projects.
Ph.D. or equivalent education/experience in physics, astronomy or a related field desired.
Recognized as a respected expert and leader with an internationally recognized record of research and/or management accomplishment.
Significant and successful leadership experience in working with large groups of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers, funding agencies, universities, national laboratories and international and/or private partners.
Demonstrated ability to formulate effective strategic directions for complex projects and experience in effective management and administrative oversight and creativity in decision making and problem solving.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner and in a way that appropriately represents the project and the host Laboratory.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accountability.
For full consideration please submit your CV and Letter of Interest by March 31, 2021.
The Director of the CMB-S4 project is an at-will, career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director. A parallel appointment as a Senior Scientist/Engineer may be considered.
Full-time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Extensive travel to collaborating institutions, funding agencies and other project sites will be required.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.
Internal Number: 91345
About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.