Director, National Synchrotron Light Source II | Brookhaven National Laboratory


Posted: 27-Nov-23

Location: Upton, New York


Government and National Lab

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As the NSLS-II Director you will be leading a world-class diverse team of over 300 to operate and further build out a premiere user facility that embraces diversity to safely and efficiently deliver high-impact and cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of society.  One of five DOE Light Sources in the U.S., NSLS-II is an extraordinary hub for the use of synchrotron light to solve the world’s most challenging scientific problems that will improve our lives for decades to come.  With 29 beamlines currently in service out of its full potential of 60, the facility hosted more than 1800 users in 2023.

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

You must be a visionary, experienced, and inclusive scientific leader to chart the future of NSLS-II into its second decade of operation while delivering world-class science, an optimum user experience, as well as facility operations and beamline construction in a safe, secure, and environmentally sound manner. You will cultivate a climate of trust and accountability with the NSLS-II stakeholder community, especially its staff and users.

You will serve as the focal point for communication and coordination across the full spectrum of stakeholders including staff, users, peers at BNL and other laboratories, and the local community, as well as laboratory leaders and the facility’s sponsors – primarily the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences. You will guide the formulation and execution of strategic plans, and champion proposals for new initiatives and projects.  

You will have authority over, and allocate the resources provided for operation of NSLS-II, a budget of ~$120M per year, and oversight of NSLS-II construction projects from inception through operations, a portfolio of ~$600M over the next 10 years including prospective work.   

In this position you will support the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Photon Sciences (ALD-EPS) and will collaborate and coordinate with laboratory leadership as a member of the executive team for the EPS directorate, the BNL Science Council and Management Council.  


  • PhD (or equivalent degree) in a science, technology, engineering or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 15 years experience, including at least 5 years in a leadership position.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering simultaneous excellence in safety and operations as well as program development.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership style which fosters an inclusive environment and ability to empower, motivate, direct, and effectively lead a diverse group of scientific, technical, and administrative staff.
  • Ability to engage directly with staff, as well as peers and other stakeholders in a manner that promotes mutual respect and trust.
  • Excellent oral and written communications capabilities, including developing and delivering presentations.


            (At least one or more of these abilities would be beneficial, but not required)

  • Experience working at or with DOE national laboratories.
  • Experience with running or providing oversight of a facility operations program (potential activities including operational discipline, budgeting and finance, environment safety and health).
  • Experience within one or more of the synchrotron radiation facility knowledge domains including accelerator, beamlines, or data science and engineering.
  • Knowledge of DOE policies and procedures.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level Access Authorization.

About Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is managed on behalf of DOE by Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), a partnership between the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle. BSA also engages six of the world’s premier research universities (Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Yale) in the governance and oversight of the Laboratory. The combined strengths of these entities make significant contributions to BNL. As a leading research university in close proximity to the BNL site, Stony Brook offers scientific collaborations, joint initiatives, and joint research appointments in BNL’s core research areas, and provides a variety of services to BNL staff. As the world’s largest nonprofit research organization and manager or co-manager of six DOE national laboratories, Battelle offers management systems and tools designed specifically for research. The affiliated research universities offer world-leading experts for scientific oversight as well as additional opportunities for research partnerships, joint appointments, and other forms of collaboration. BSA is committed to the future of Brookhaven National Laboratory as both a world-leading scientific organization and as a source of technology innovation benefitting our region, our nation and our world. Staying at the forefront of science and technology requires thoughtful planning and vigorous action. BSA is working with the scientific community and with DOE to identify the most important opportunities in BNL’s primary research areas, and to develop the capabilities necessary to exploit these opportunities. BSA also is engaging regional companies and other stakeholders, looking for ways to increase the economic and social benefits of new technologies arising from BNL research

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