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Environmental and Climate Sciences Department Chair

Job ID JR100761 Date posted 12/08/2023

Brookhaven National laboratory invites applications from a diverse pool of candidates for the position of Chair of the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department within the Environment, Biology, Nuclear Science, and Nonproliferation Directorate. 

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Lead the continued development of internationally competitiveprograms in climate and environmental sciences.

Work with the staff to recruit, mentor, and develop staff members, and maintain a diverse, inclusive, and respectfulworkplace supportive of creative scientific research.

Develop a scientific vision and decadal-scale strategic business plan for the Department appropriate for a leading National Laboratory, leveraging the unique capabilities and facilities at BNL and within DOE. Lead efforts to secure funding to bring the vision to light and execute the strategic plan, with the overarching goal to develop premier atmospheric, environmental, and terrestrial ecosystem science research programs consistent with the missions of the Department of Energy (DOE) and position the Department to take on new challenges

Manage BNL’s relationship with Earth and Environmental Systems Science Division withintheDOE-Biological and Environmental Research (BER)program, which has three primary research activities: atmospheric research, environmental system science, and earth and environmental system modeling.  Furthermore, oversee BNL’s role in DOE-BER's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facility. 

Build strategic partnerships inside and outside BNL that significantly enhance the responsiveness, competitiveness, productivity and impact of the department R&D efforts, resulting in a sustainable growth in both the level and scope of department funding by DOE and other funding agencies.

Manage the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department to ensure safe and secure operations.  

Contribute to ongoing departmental scientific research by being an active and independent scientist.

Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in atmospheric science, environmental science, ecology, or closely related field

  • A minimum of 15 years progressive experience to include leadership and management of scientific, technical, and support professionals and programmatic funding stewardship

  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of staff within the framework of diversity, equity, and inclusion as the path to excellence

  • Demonstrated interpersonalskills andsuperior oral and written communication skills.

  • A record of scientific accomplishment demonstrated by a record of publications in premier peer-reviewed journals.

  • Experience working with federal and non-federal agencies that support climate and environmental science.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with DOE science programs and funding structure, in particular  with the mission and programs within BER’s Earth and Environmental Systems Science Division

  • Active research program relevant to BER’s programs in atmospheric, environmental, or terrestrial ecosystem science

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. 

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.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at: https://www.directives.doe.gov/directives-documents/400-series/0486.1-BOrder-a/@@images/file

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