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Mgr Research Partnerships

Job ID 2001 Date posted 01/08/2020

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.

The Strategic Partnerships Office connects people and organizations from the research and business communities with our Laboratory researchers.  Private industry research collaborations, federally sponsored research programs, commercializing Brookhaven Lab’s technology and supporting the growth of local technology-based businesses are all examples of how we fulfill our mission.
These partnerships may begin with a sponsor’s research needs, a company’s science challenge or a Laboratory researcher’s new breakthrough.  In all cases, the Strategic Partnerships Office is committed to facilitating collaboration between potential sponsors and researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Reporting to the Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, the successful candidate would be responsible for all phases of the development of strategic research partnerships, with a focus on negotiation with sponsors, as well as contributing significantly to a team working on the Laboratory’s new business development process and activities. The Mgr, Research Partnerships plays a pivotal role in the laboratory’s growth agenda by working with diverse parties across the laboratory to make it as easy as possible for potential partners to interface with the laboratory.

The incumbent will work with laboratory researchers and managers, the Department of Energy, and external sponsors to support the Laboratory's strategic research growth agenda through the creation and negotiation of effective sponsored partnership agreements. The scope of work includes the management of all phases of the Laboratory’s Strategic Partnerships Projects (SPP) process for both federal and non-federal sponsors, Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT), and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA). For Federal SPP projects, this includes supporting the grants submission, tracking, and reporting processes, including the coordination with the Laboratory’s Budget Office on financial reporting and tracking. For non-federal sponsors, the scope of work includes negotiating terms and conditions for SPP agreements with non-federal entities and CRADAs and securing appropriate legal and managerial reviews.
The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for the Proposal Information Management System (PIMS) and will ensure that entries in PIMS receive appropriate risk assessment and mitigation measures are adopted by engaging the appropriate subject matter experts at the laboratory.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Structure, negotiate and approve Laboratory sponsored research and research partnership agreements

Lead/manage the Laboratory’s Research Partnerships team, having responsibility for all research agreements

Serve as person with primary responsibility oversight and upkeep of the Laboratory’s research development process

Serve as primary interface with Department of Energy for SPP operational matters

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. In addition to all SPP work, the director of the SPP program oversees the contractual obligations of Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program (SIPP) work.  Interagency Agreements (IAGs) and Statements of Work (SOWs) for SIPP work are often classified and processed by DOE-IN and the BNL Virtual - Field Intelligence Element (FIE).  The manager of the SPP office is a FIE member, to guarantee best business practices and adherence to all contractual obligations for projects under their purview.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Requires a BA/BS degree, preferably in a related discipline.

Position requires a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in a related field

Requires in-depth knowledge of the unit's function, services, activities, and work discipline; and a thorough understanding of management principles and practices as they apply to this function

Five (5) years’ experience in structuring and negotiating agreements

Understanding of government contracting, and government contract regulation and policy

Demonstrated successful negotiating skill

Demonstrated experience leading a team of professionals

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Three (3) years’ experience structuring and negotiation Department of Energy agreements (SPP, CRADA, ACT)

Master’s degree or professional degree is highly desirable

Experience working with a DOE National Laboratory

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