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Group Leader for Detector Systems R&D and Applications.

Job ID 2174 Date posted 07/03/2020

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.

Organizational Overview

BNL’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement.  NN is recruiting a Group Leader to manage and contribute to the work of the Detector Systems R&D and Applications. The Group currently supports offices of the Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and other sponsors on projects aimed at protecting the United States and its allies from internal and external threats.  Its scientists and engineers conduct research and provide training for local, regional and national law enforcement agencies on dispersion of radiological material, response to radiological and nuclear incidents, improving chemical security in developing countries, and testing and evaluating radiological instruments for use in monitoring and detection.

Position Description

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department seeks a national security expert to manage the staff and programs of its Detector Systems R&D and Applications Group.  The successful candidate will manage and contribute to the sustainability of existing research and development programs and work with the Department Chair and Associate Laboratory Director to create new programs.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of sponsors’ programs and needs and will have a proven track record of building teams for new projects, interacting with government sponsors, preparing successful proposals, and serving as principal investigator in the completion of funded projects.  BNL resources, such as Laboratory Directed Research and Development, Concept Development and Program Development funding, can be requested to support development activities. 

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilties:

  • Manage the Group’s staff and budget and address personnel issues such as new hires, raises, promotions and discipline.
  • Provide regular monitoring and oversight of all science and technology projects being undertaken by Group members and of the technological developments that support them; keeps the chair NN up-to-date and aware of funding, personnel, project management, ESS&H or other issues that require attention.
  • Approve subcontracts, travel, time cards, and personal leave.
  • Represent the Group and at times, the Department, in internal meetings with BNL senior management, Procurement and Property Management, the Technology Transfer Office, Business Operations, and Research Operations,  and externally in meetings with sponsors and collaborators.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Nonproliferation and National Security Department, the Nuclear Sciences and Technology Department, the Environment and Climate Science Department, the Computational Science Initiative and the Instrumentation Division.
  • Host visitors from the US government, other national laboratories and companies.
  • Identify capabilities across BNL that are of interest to sponsors such as the Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Defense, and the intelligence community.
  • Form collaborations and develop programs to address the needs of aforementioned sponsors.
  • Manage projects in support of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Contribute to BNL’s growing portfolio in intelligence.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Nuclear Engineering or a related field.
  • Ten (10) years’ related work experience in national security, homeland security or related fields, to include staff supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of securing government sponsorship for diverse research and development programs and achieving goals on schedule and within budget.
  • Ability to build teams, track effort and budgets, and manage projects to completion.
  • Strong publication records.
  • Experience in laboratory work, field testing and deployment of radiation detection equipment.
  • Ability to mentor students and early- and mid-career professionals.
  • Knowledge of U.S. government agencies’ programs and funding.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful program development.
  • Knowledge of the current state-of-the-art and technology gaps in homeland security.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” security clearance.
  • English communication skills.
  • Knowledge of U.S. national laboratories’ work in homeland security and nuclear safeguards.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability and availability for foreign and domestic travel.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Active DOE "Q” clearance.
  • Experience as Principal Investigator for US Department of Energy or National Nuclear Security Administration-funded projects.
  • Experience in the supervision of scientists and engineers, including other principal investigators.
  • Knowledge of BNL procurement, travel, and other administrative policies.
Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

Must be able to pass Radworker training requirements and be willing to work in a radiation environment.


  • The regular work day will be 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, but irregular hours are sometimes required when hosting visitors, conducting training, or traveling. 
  • Group Leaders are often expected to participate in extracurricular activities with guests, locally and regionally.

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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