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Deputy Laboratory Director
Job Code: 140002    
Department: Directorate    
Open Date: 10/21/2013
Close Date: 02/10/2014

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is seeking a dynamic and internationally prominent scientific leader with a proven record of accomplishment for the position of Deputy Laboratory Director.

Fermilab is America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics research. Fermi Research Alliance (FRA) manages Fermilab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  FRA is an alliance of the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association (URA), a consortium of 86 universities.  FRA combines the depth and commitment of the University of Chicago with the broad involvement of URA universities for the benefit of Fermilab, the particle physics community and the nation.

With a total budget of nearly $400 million, Fermilab’s 1,900 employees – including nearly 1,000 scientists, engineers and computer professionals – and 2,300 scientific users from universities and laboratories around the globe carry out a world-leading program of discovery at the three interrelated frontiers of particle physics phenomena in the data from high-energy particle collisions.  At the Intensity Frontier, intense beams from Fermilab’s particle accelerators are used to explore neutrino interactions and ultra-rare processes in nature.  At the Cosmic Frontier, scientists use the cosmos as a laboratory to investigate the fundamental laws of physics. At the Energy Frontier, scientists build advanced particle accelerators to explore the fundamental constituents and architecture of the universe.

Reporting to the Laboratory Director, the incumbent functions as the Laboratory Director in his/her absence and is a member of the executive management team. He/she also provides outstanding leadership and visionary strategic planning that enables the most powerful attack on the fundamental science questions of the field of particle physics. 


  • Initiate, develop, and supervise Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s particle physics scientific programs, both current and future. In this capacity, the incumbent evaluates new initiatives often emphasizing the cross-disciplinary collaborations with DOE and national/international institutions or laboratories.
  • Ensure that scientific programs are appropriately prioritized, budgeted, and scheduled within the FNAL Laboratory’s strategic plan.
  • Interact with DOE on a regular basis regarding research efforts (past, current and future); with administrators and scientists at other national laboratories to facilitate interactions and collaborations; and researchers worldwide to facilitate collaborations
  • Encourage collaborative research among DOE Labs that advances world-leadership in scientific and technological innovation
  • Attract, develop, and retain the highest quality scientific and managerial leadership to ensure a future diverse talent pipeline
  • Set expectations for institutional priorities, performance and outcomes
  • Communicate directly with constituencies, including DOE, other appropriate federal and state funding agencies, business and industry, university and research groups, the media, elected officials and their staffs in Washington, D.C., the State of Illinois, and the Midwest region
  • Respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity
  • Abide by all environmental, safety, and health regulations

Qualifications and Essential Job Functions

  • Internationally recognized for scientific excellence; demonstrated track record of scientific achievement; strong credentials, including Ph.D. in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, including creating a compelling vision and associated strategy for a complex research organization and gaining commitment to the strategy from internal and external stakeholder
  • Record of delivering against operational and strategic objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve of excellence in operations to include safety, security, facility management, financial operations, environmental management, and information systems management
  • Record of ability to implement strategy, align staff and resources to achieve goals and to build and direct diverse, multi discipline organizations
  • Record of exceptional leadership and management development and accomplishment, particularly in a DOE National Laboratory or other complex research setting
  • Strong executive presence, including exceptional communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire others to action
  • Outstanding working knowledge of DOE missions, organizations, structures and programs; demonstrated record of obtaining funding from state and federal agencies (e.g., DOE, NIH, NASA, DHS)
  • Ability to build successful interactions with key constituents, including government and other customers, peers, and business partners
  • Record of developing industrial relationships for advanced technology development and deployment; working knowledge of industry and commercial practices in advanced research and partnering
  • National perspective of the rapidly changing research environment and the skills to align FNAL accordingly
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, staff and leadership development

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Tight Work Schedules

There is no legal requirement that Fermilab sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence.  As a result, Fermilab will make the decision to sponsor an employee on a case-by-case basis.  Fermilab will consider the following factors, among others, when determining whether to sponsor an employee for 
U. S. permanent residence: performance, length of service, long-term need for the position, and cost.

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Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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