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Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for High Energy Physics

Job ID 1312 Date posted 05/14/2018

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 mission of the Nuclear and Particle Physics (NPP) Directorate of Brookhaven National Laboratory is to provide state-of-the-art experimental user facilities for nuclear and high-energy physics research and to conduct world leading research in high-energy nuclear and particle physics.

The NPP mission includes the design, development, construction, commissioning and operation of accelerators to carry out accelerator-based experiments in an environmentally responsible and safe manner, as well as the conduct of accelerator R&D towards the next generation of accelerator facilities and accelerator applications in support of national needs.

The NPP Directorate also encompasses vibrant programs in experimental and theoretical research in nuclear and high-energy physics.  This includes serving as the host Laboratory for the U.S. part of the ATLAS Collaboration working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.   It also includes a strong program in neutrino science and a focused program in cosmology.  The experimental research is supported by cutting-edge developments in accelerator science and technology and in detector technology.

The Directorate consists of the Physics Department, the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Superconducting Magnet Division, and the Instrumentation Division, encompassing approximately 750 full-time equivalent staff.

The Physics Department has an extensive research program in Nuclear Physics, including leading roles in experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and a broad effort in theoretical nuclear physics associated with Quantum Chromodynamics. The Physics Department also has leading research programs on the Energy, Intensity, and Cosmic Frontiers of Particle Physics, serves as the host of the U.S. ATLAS program at the CERN-LHC, and operates the RHIC-ATLAS Computing Facility.

The Collider-Accelerator Department develops, improves and operates the suite of accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at the Laboratory.

The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) designs, builds, and tests superconducting magnets for use in particle accelerators world-wide.  The SMD also builds magnets for various other applications and provides magnetic field measurement services lab-wide.

The Instrumentation Division develops state-of-the-art instrumentation for radiation detection required for research programs at BNL and elsewhere. The Division maintains the expertise and infrastructure in specialized high technology areas essential for this work.

The Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate has an opening for a Deputy Associate Laboratory Director (Deputy ALD) for High Energy Physics.  The selected candidate will aid the ALD NPP in the oversight of BNL high-energy physics research programs, projects, and facility operations and serve as the primary liaison from the Laboratory to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of High Energy Physics (OHEP).  

The selected candidate may be eligible for placement into an appropriate scientific rank dependent upon the depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills he or she brings to the position, as well as the amount of distinguished scientific contributions and experience he or she provides.  

The review of applications will start July 2, 2018 and the process will continue until the search is completed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reports to and takes direction from the ALD NPP in advancing BNL goals in particle physics
  • Provides regular monitoring and oversight of all science and technology projects at BNL funded by OHEP, and of the technological developments (including detector and accelerator R&D) that support them; keeps the ALD NPP up-to-date and aware of funding, personnel, project management, ESS&H or other issues that require attention
  • Provides regular updates on HEP project progress to OHEP program officers and managers, and, when requested, to the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel; coordinates preparation of documentation of progress for periodic written assessments of particle physics at BNL
  • Advises the ALD NPP regarding priorities among research, operations, hiring and ESS&H goals within available HEP budgets, and regarding new opportunities for scientific impact
  • Organizes internal and external reviews of projects proposed for OHEP funding through BNL; helps to oversee preparations for funding agency reviews of OHEP projects and programs
  • Participates in Laboratory Oversight Groups for collaborative HEP projects and programs
  • Serves as ex-officio member of the Program Advisory Committee for BNL’s Accelerator Test Facility (APAC)
  • Makes presentations to the Science and Technology Steering Committee (STSC) and other BSA committees about progress in BNL’s high energy physics projects and programs
  • Substitutes, when appropriate, for the ALD NPP in BNL Policy Council, Director’s Safety and Operations Council, and Laboratory retreat discussions to integrate plans with other directorates and to formulate Laboratory policies and processes that work to optimize the Laboratory’s impact and reputation
  • Participates in regular NPP meetings of Department Heads and Safety and Operations Council
  • Serves as delegated authority for NPP directorate management when ALD NPP is not available

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in particle physics or related field of physics
  • At least 20 years of distinguished research experience in particle physics, 10 of which is beyond the graduate degree
  • Minimum of 10 years demonstrated progressive managerial and leadership responsibilities including management experience leading large complex and multidisciplinary research programs
  • Familiarity with programs of the Department of Energy Office of High Energy Physics
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build collegial relationships and collaborate with all levels of staff within the Laboratory, in particular with the Senior Leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to build working relationships with staff at other institutions, including national laboratories, academic institutions, and laboratories in other countries
  • Strong decision-making, problem solving, and strategic planning skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with international collaborations in particle physics
  • Familiarity with the Department of Energy Critical Decision process for construction projects


  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

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

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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