Associate Laboratory Director for Engineering

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Apr 15, 2021
Apr 24, 2021
Organization Type
OverviewThe Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion as an energy source for the world's long-term energy requirements. Additionally, PPPL intends to leverage these core competencies into the breadth of fundamental and applied science, both theoretical and experimental. For more information, please see The Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Engineering will lead the pursuit of PPPL's mission to develop advanced fusion engineering knowledge and techniques and will also be responsible for the execution of all engineering support throughout the laboratory. The ALD is the PPPL intellectual leader for both mission and mission support, establishing strategy and stewardship to develop strong, best-in-class engineering programs which include: * Systems and components engineering, both large and small scale * Computational code development and simulation * Engineering design and requirements * Specialty manufacturing * Prototyping and assembly * Experiment execution * Operation of critical engineering facilitiesThe ALD is a direct report to the Laboratory Director and a member of the Laboratory Leadership Council, the Laboratory's executive leadership team. The ALD will provide advice, counsel, and insight to the Laboratory Director, Deputy Directors, and CFO regarding the formulation and execution of all PPPL's strategic priorities and initiatives. The ALD for Engineering is responsible for leading and managing a diverse organization of approximately 10 Engineering Group Leaders and a total of 200 staff that partners with cutting-edge engineering teams for science, research, and technology advancements to ensure the success of the Laboratory's mission, programs, and institutional goals. The ALD is responsible for research quality and scientific integrity, the safe, reliable, and rigorous design, construction, operation, and periodic enhancement/upgrading of major scientific user facilities, as well as the definition, design, construction, and potential citing of major future facilities. The successful candidate will seek to both partner with industry and enhance the laboratory's synergies with Princeton University. This position oversees and directs the following key areas for the lab: * Engineering research, development, delivery, and implementation activities in computational engineering and modeling, nanotechnology * Advanced plasma diagnostics * Systems engineering * Advanced instrumentation * Mechatronics, advanced structures, and materials * Pulsed and radio frequency power systemsThe ALD must ensure that the ties between research projects and their engineering planning and delivery are strong and trusted. Responsibilities * *Key Duties** Leads the Engineering organization to deliver the Lab mission.* Acts as chief spokesperson for the PPPL engineering discipline to Princeton University, DOE, external agencies, and internal groups.* Grows the Engineering organization to meet future Lab requirements through the recruitment, retention, and development of an outstanding and diverse workforce, and by expanding the capabilities of the scientific and operational infrastructure.* Proactively promotes education and works to build a pipeline of next generation engineers through outreach and education programs with other national laboratories and learning institutions.* Develops short- and long-term financial strategies to ensure proper funding levels and evaluates new funding sources and oversees the preparation and development of annual budget.Qualifications*Qualifications* * 15+ years of experience leading and delivering on complex, multi-discipline and rigorous engineering capabilities and competencies at scale in highly technical environments (e.g., fusion, aerospace, navy nuclear program, commercial nuclear, etc.) * Demonstrable experience delivering engineering to complex projects and recognized accomplishments in that field. * Strong leadership and decision-making at the executive level. * Ability to collaborate, build consensus and create strong partnerships to meet organizational mission, objectives, and initiatives is critical.*Education**: *Advanced degree in engineering or related field; PE preferred.*Location**: *Princeton, NJ. Initially this position will be remote through summer 2021. *Travel**:* Approximately 10%- 25% domestic and international travel will be required as needed. *Compensation*: Generous base salary along with a robust benefits package; position is eligible for relocation. *How to apply**:* Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements in MS Word. *Contact:**Darren DeGioia**JDG Associates, Ltd.**1700 Research Boulevard**Rockville, MD 20850**(301) 340-2210*** Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.Standard Weekly Hours40.00Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver's License RequiredNo #LI-CL1