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Associate Laboratory Director, Nuclear and Particle Physics

Job ID 2296 Date posted 12/20/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department;of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

About Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the leading government research centers in the United States.  Established in 1947 in Upton, New York, Brookhaven is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the US Department of Energy (DOE).  Work at the lab has had impacts in fields ranging from physics and materials to biology and medicine and been recognized by seven Nobel Prizes. Brookhaven is home to one of the world’s largest existing particle accelerators and has recently been chosen as the future site of the Electron-Ion Collider. The Lab also hosts the brightest x-ray synchrotron in the world. Brookhaven has a staff of more than 2,500 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support, and hosts more than 5,000 guests and users annually.

Brookhaven’s vision is excellence in discovery science and transformational technology that power and secure the nation’s future. The Lab’s mission is to deliver expertise and capabilities that drive scientific breakthroughs and innovation for today and tomorrow.

Fundamental elements of the Laboratory's role in support of the four DOE strategic missions in science, energy, national security, and environmental management are:

  • To carry out basic and applied research in long-term, high-risk programs at the frontier of science.
  • To conceive, design, construct and operate complex, leading-edge, user-oriented scientific facilities in response to national needs, the DOE mission, and the international community of users.
  • To develop advanced technologies that address national needs and to transfer them to other organizations and to the commercial sector.
  • To disseminate technical knowledge, to educate new generations of scientists and engineers, to maintain technical capabilities in the nation’s workforce, and to encourage scientific awareness in the general public.
Brookhaven’s major programs include:
  • Nuclear and high-energy physics
  • Energy, biological and environmental science
  • Data science and computation, including quantum information science
  • Accelerator S&T, including instrumentation
  • National Security

Brookhaven currently operates five national user facilities: The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), the Center for Functional Nanomaterial (CFN), the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) and the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF), and is the site of the next major nuclear physics facility, the Electron-Ion Collider. Total annual funding of the laboratory is between $600 and 700 million, including nearly $200 million for RHIC operations. In recent years, Brookhaven has received approval for approximately $260 million in Science Laboratory Infrastructure (SLI) funded projects.

BNL’s 10-Year Strategic Plan

To achieve the Laboratory’s vision and mission requires excellence in all aspects of BNL’s work – from science and operations to external relationships with the local, state, and national communities, and beyond. This is enabled by safe, efficient, and secure operations, an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment, and a focus on renewed infrastructure.

The Laboratory’s high-level science and technology priorities for the coming decade focus in several broad areas:

  • Advancing fundamental research in nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time, including the construction of a next-generation nuclear science facility, the electron-ion collider
  • Developing and applying photon sciences and advanced materials research to energy, biological, environmental and national security problems of critical importance to the nation
  • Developing new techniques for manipulating, analyzing and storing large data sets, including the development of quantum information science, for applications across many fields
  • Developing accelerator science and technology with broad applications: from facilities for fundamental science to isotope production and national security
  • Applications of these strengths, particularly across disciplines, to new opportunities as they arise

BNL strategy is to position its major user facilities and capabilities for continued leadership roles.

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Position Description

Position Summary

The next ten years will be an exciting time of remarkable evolution and change as the Laboratory charts its future in nuclear and high energy physics and transitions from RHIC to an EIC. The ALD for NPP will work closely with the Laboratory’s Director, Deputy Directors and the ALD for the EIC Project to ensure the success of the Laboratory’s Nuclear and Particle Physics missions and strategy. As a member of the Policy Council, the ALD will also be an integral member of the Lab’s leadership team to optimize both the NPP Directorate’s and the Laboratory’s overall missions. 

Key Relationships

Reports to:                Laboratory Director

Direct Reports:         Deputy Associate Laboratory Directors, as assigned
                               Director, Project Planning & Oversight, NPP
                               Several Department and Division Leaders
                               Several high-level staff positions

Key Relationships:   Deputy Laboratory Director, Science & Technology
                              Deputy Laboratory Director, Operations
                              Associate Lab Director for the EIC Project
                              Associate Lab Director, Energy & Photon Sciences
                              Associate Lab Director, Environment, Biology & Nucl. Nonprolif.
                              Director of the Computational Sciences Initiative
                              Associate Laboratory Directors and Office Directors in Operations

Major Responsibilities

Directs the BNL nuclear and high energy physics research programs, including operation of the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC). As the EIC project grows and develops, the ALD for NPP will work closely with the ALD for the EIC Project to evolve the NPP directorate as necessary to optimize the NP and HEP research programs, and to search for new opportunities for growth. Serves as the liaison from the Laboratory to the Department of Energy (DOE) Offices of Nuclear Physics (NP) and High Energy Physics (HEP).

Critical Outcomes:

  • Develops, communicates and oversees the execution of the scientific vision for BNL’s ongoing and future efforts in nuclear and particle physics 
  • Oversees and supervises the operations of departments and divisions within the NPP directorate and supplies scientific program guidance and future direction to these units (Physics Dept., Collider-Accelerator Dept, Brookhaven Linear Isotope Producer (BLIP), Superconducting Magnet Division). Altogether the NPP directorate is comprised of over 700 staff with an annual budget of about $300M
  • Represents the NPP Program at BNL to agency sponsors (principally the U.S. DOE), to BSA Management, to the Brookhaven Site Office (BHSO) and to other interested parties, including the general public; provides periodic summaries of progress toward NPP research and operations goals to DOE, BHSO, BSA, and other BNL managers and national advisory panels (e.g., NSAC and HEPAP)
  • Seeks program sponsor support and funding for the basic and applied research and relevant facility activities in the NPP sector at BNL; establishes priorities to pursue directorate’s research, operations, hiring and ESS&H goals within available budgets
  • Oversees operations of the following BNL accelerator facilities: RHIC, AGS, Booster, NSRL, BLIP, Tandem Van de Graaffs; approves user-generated proposals for scientific experiments to be performed using these facilities, with the exception of NSRL, with advice from the RHIC/AGS Program Advisory Committee (PAC); leads regular discussions of detailed scheduling plans for RHIC operations
  • Together with the ALD for the EIC Project, organizes internal and external reviews of projects proposed for ONP or OHEP funding through BNL, as appropriate, and oversees monitoring of progress on these projects once they are approved; oversees preparations for funding agency reviews of NPP projects and programs.
  • Oversees operations of the RHIC/AGS Users Center part of the BNL Guests, Users and Visitors (GUV) center, and interactions with the user community
  • Develops and maintains collaborative agreements and memoranda of understanding with other institutions regarding nuclear and particle physics research and provides oversight for such collaborative projects and programs. All MOUs shared with and approved by BNL’s General Council
  • Oversees the ESS&H performance of the NPP directorate to ensure full compliance with US, DOE, State of New York, and Suffolk County laws and regulations as well as all applicable BNL policies and procedures
  • Directs the operations and program activities of all Laboratory units under the NPP directorate
  • Takes proactive steps to increase inclusion and diversity of NPP directorate workforce
  • Models and fosters a high level of employee engagement and empowerment
  • Participates in BNL Policy, Management and Science Council discussions to integrate plans with other directorates and to formulate Laboratory policies and processes that work to optimize the Laboratory’s impact and reputation
  • Attracts and sustains top talent; specifically, develops and maintains an inclusive, diverse, equitable and supportive work environment; recruiting and retaining high-quality staff, building staff competencies, and supporting their long-term professional development; setting goals for evaluating and addressing staff performance; and addresses disciplinary issues
  • Achieves excellence in Environment, Safety & Health; specifically, providing leadership for occupational safety and health activities in the organization; and ensuring the organization is achieving safe, effective, and ESH compliant operations, preventing pollution, minimizing waste, and conserving resources


  • For the orderly, lawful and effective evolution of NPP research, and of NPP user facility operations at BNL
  • For the full and effective reporting of NPP Program activities and future plans at BNL to the sponsoring agencies (primarily the U.S. DOE), BSA and other bodies and constituencies as appropriate under the BNL contract and pertinent DOE authorities
  • For the ESS&H performance objectives and performance measures as defined in the Laboratory's Strategic Initiatives
  • For exemplifying BNL institutional values and holding NPP staff members accountable for meeting the same standards of behavior
  • For building an inclusive and diverse pipeline of scientific expertise to sustain the future workforce
  • For setting the tone and culture of a highly engaged workforce


  • Approves performance appraisal, salary determination, bonus nominations, recruitment, promotion, suspension, and termination of staff in the NPP directorate
  • Commits and disburses programmatic funds in the NPP directorate in order to carry out NPP research and user facilities operation at BNL
  • Directs and approves implementation of all Laboratory policies for units in the NPP directorate

Position Requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics
  • 15+ years of experience in high performing Nuclear or Particle Physics organizations and/or facilities to conduct experiments, including 10+ years’ experience in leadership and management roles
  • A successful track record of experience in a large, complex, and matrixed research and development enterprise, including, but not limited to:
    • US Department of Energy and the Office of Science Laboratories
    • Other Physics research organizations
    • Academia; with a preference for individuals who understand the DOE mission and budget formulation process
  • An internationally recognized record of achievement in Nuclear or Particle Physics

Critical Competencies for Success
As stated above in BNL’s 10-year strategic plan, the Laboratory’s vision is discovery science and technology in service of the nation toward delivering expertise and capabilities that drive the breakthroughs and innovation for today and tomorrow. Over the next decade, BNL plans to design, construct, and bring into operation an Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) to enable the study of the origin and structure of atomic nuclei. Working with the ALD for the EIC, the ALD for NPP will play a crucial role in this endeavor.

Leadership Competencies

  • Ability to lead the NPP directorate while at the same time be a constructive member of the Laboratory leadership team, including both science and operations.
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate across BNL directorates and with external organizations outside NPP
  • Commitment to Laboratory Values(, including leadership; integrity; responsibility; innovation; safety, security, environmental stewardship; respect, and teamwork. A particular focus is placed on safety and inclusion/diversity/equity (
  • Ability to provide inspirational and strategic leadership for nuclear and high energy physics programs’ continued growth, impact and maturity
  • Ability to be an authentic and credible communicator with excellent leadership, interpersonal, management, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to proactively seek and execute creative solutions, motivating staff, developing and executing strategic plans with a strong customer service orientation
  • Strategic competence and ability to articulate the Laboratory and Directorate priorities to both technical and broad audiences
  • General relationship building skills
  • Ability to work constructively with external facility users
  • Sense of humor
  • Washington and Community Savvy
  • In the present environment, the candidate will need to have a demonstrated ability to (1) understand and inform the DOE’s Nuclear and Particle Physics strategy, (2) engage and leverage key stakeholders in this Physics community, (3) understand the political landscape related to decision making, and (4) understand the federal and state budgetary changes that could impact BNL and projects critical to its long-term strategy. Specifically, the candidate will:
    • Demonstrate the ability to “see the big picture” and chart future projects for BNL, while facilitating the strategy and execution of existing programs and projects. 
    • Team with relevant stakeholders within (and outside) DOE to secure funding.  Using influence, strategic agility, personal competencies, and technical expertise, position BNL with DOE and the broader U.S. physics community to ensure that nuclear and particle physics, and the EIC project, remain a funding priority.
    • Work collaboratively with appropriate stakeholders across the Laboratory to develop and promote new multidisciplinary programs that support the Laboratory’s growth strategy.

Applications may be submitted at Please include a CV and a list of five references with your application. Application review will begin in September. The ideal start time is January 1, 2021, or soon after.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory 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 Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are 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.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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