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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Division Director - Biological Systems Science

27 Oct 2022 11:52 AM | Anonymous

Position Title:  Division Director - Biological Systems Science (REQ #4823)

Company:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Location:  Richland, WA (On-site)

Close date: 11/06/2022 (subject to change)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) located in Richland, Washington is seeking a Division Director for our Biological Science Division. As a member of PNNL’s Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD) leadership team, the Division Director is responsible for managing PNNL’s biological systems science core capability. The Division Director (DD) leads a large scientific line organization with research programs in ecosystem sustainability, bioenergy, human health and national security. The Division Director has responsibilities for achieving outstanding scientific impact, maintaining a diverse and world-class workforce, ensuring safe operations, and working within established budgets and operating metrics. The Division Director coordinates with the EBSD program development office and other strategic partners across the Laboratory to identify and meet sponsor needs and develop capability plans that support PNNL mission and business strategies.

The Division Director directly supervises Group Leaders, Chief Scientists, and division-level support staff and is responsible for overseeing hiring, career development, and line management of all division staff, including limited-term employees and interns, as well as ensuring effective oversight for guest researchers, visitors, and other non-employees. The Division Director also manages and provides oversight for all division operations including space and equipment management, overhead budgets, safety, security, and compliance with all contractual, legal, and regulatory requirements.

This position reports to the Associate Laboratory Director for the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate and manages 3 group leaders who lead key scientific and technical groups, as well as 3 Chief Scientists and several support staff. In total, the Division Director has responsibility for approximately 200 staff including interns and postdoctoral researchers. The three technical groups are Integrative Omics, Biological Systems Science and Computational Biology. The Division Director is expected to maintain a general working knowledge of division capabilities and activities, oversee division communications, represent Biological Sciences Division inside and outside PNNL, and interact with stakeholders across the laboratory.

The Division Director provides leadership and direction through subordinate managers, executes business plans, and contributes to the development of functional strategy. Is accountable for the performance and results of multidisciplinary teams. Decisions are guided by functional or major operational segment strategy and priorities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 12 plus years of experience; 
  • or Advanced Degree plus 10 years of experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD plus 10 years of experience working in biological sciences, environmental sciences, computational biology, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated track record of increasing responsibility in line and capability management.
  • Strong leadership and communications skills to manage through conflict and complex situations.
  • Familiarity with the major sponsors supporting the Division’s research portfolio including the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research program, the National Institutes of Health and Homeland Security/Defense-related programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of scientific accomplishments including a strong publication record, scientific program development, and management of large, multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • Skilled in articulating and communicating a strategic vision, motivating and empowering staff from a range of disciplines, and communicating capabilities and impact to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to create a safe, secure, and inclusive environment in which all staff can excel, and to promote high impact, team-oriented science.
  • Good listening skills, experience with promoting effective information flow across an organization, and the ability to build effective relationships vertically and horizontally.
  • Familiarity with ES&H safety criteria for safe operation of laboratories and conduct of field studies, in compliance with lab, state, and federal regulations. The successful candidate will be expected to have or gain experience in overseeing such activities, as they hold accountability for safe operations.

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

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