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Assistant Director for Operations

Job ID 1894 Date posted 09/18/2019


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven is a DOE-funded national scientific user facility, offering users a supported research experience with top-caliber scientists and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation. The CFN mission is advancing nanoscience through frontier fundamental research and technique development and is the nexus of a broad collaboration network. Each year, CFN staff members support the research of nearly 600 external facility users.

Three strategic nanoscience themes underlie the CFN scientific facilities: The CFN conducts research on nanomaterial synthesis by assembly designing precise architectures with targeted functionality by organizing nanoscale components.  The CFN researches and applies platforms for state-of-the-art techniques for Accelerated Nanomaterial Discovery, integrating synthesis, advanced characterization, physical modeling, and computer science to iteratively explore a wide range of material parameters. The CFN develops and utilizes advanced capabilities for studies of Nanomaterials in Operando Conditions for characterizing materials and reactions at the atomic scale in real-world environments.



The CFN is searching for an accomplished professional to be the Assistant Director for Operations.  In this leadership role, you will oversee day-to-day administrative and operational functions, ensuring the efficient, effective, and safe operations that are essential to the CFN success.  You will report to the CFN Director and manage the CFN operations-related groups, which include the administrative, operations, and user office groups. Working with these groups, you will develop and implement processes to enhance coordination and operational efficiency.  You will work closely with the Science Group Leaders to coordinate preparation of recurring strategy and performance reports.  You will oversee the CFN yearly budget planning and execution.  You will use your excellent communication and collaboration skills to foster an operational environment conducive to the highest quality nanoscience research.

As the Assistant Director for Operations, you will have these roles and responsibilities:

  • You will oversee the day-to-day CFN operations and keep the Director apprised of significant events, advising the Director on organizational decisions related to operations.
  • You will participate with the CFN leadership team in making strategic decisions about CFN directions.
  • You will oversee the functions of the CFN Administrative, Operations, and User Office groups, supervising the Group Leaders and fostering their professional development.
  • You will develop and implement efficient processes that enhance the coordination and effectiveness of CFN operations.
  • You will oversee the process of preparing recurring CFN strategy and performance reports, collecting and organizing inputs from contributors and managing the schedule.
  • You will oversee the yearly budget planning process and provide regular updates on spending.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are qualified for this role if:

  • You have outstanding organizational and leadership abilities, have successfully completed complex projects and objectives, and collaborated in a team environment to deliver results;
  • You understand organizational functions including operations, administrative, and finance;
  • You have participated in strategic planning and financial budgeting processes;
  • You have at least 15 years relevant experience working in scientific or technical organizations, including 5 years applicable managerial experience;
  • You have earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Operations Management, or a related field.

Preferred background and experience:

You are well-matched to this position if: 

  • You have worked in a scientific research organization;
  • You have experience managing people;
  • You have managed the operations of a large organization;
  • You have a Project Management Professional certification and have managed a DOE O413 project.

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

At Brookhaven Lab, we believe comprehensive employee benefits are a meaningful part of employee compensation. Our benefits program includes:

  • Medical Plans
  • Vacations
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • On site swimming pool, weight room tennis courts, and other employee benefits

Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that you receive full consideration for employment. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. 

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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