The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester has an opening for the Manager of the National Laser Users Facility (NLUF) Program and Coordinator for all external users of the Omega Laser Facility at LLE. The NLUF Manager works with the Department of Energy (DOE) -NNSA office, Omega Facility operations staff, and the Omega Experimental and Theory Divisions staff to ensure the success of experimental campaigns led by external users. In addition to the NLUF Program, the position coordinates the Laboratory Basic Sciences (LBS) Program that enables scientists from DOE's National Laboratories and LLE to conduct research programs on the Omega facilities. The NLUF and LBS Programs execute approximately 600 experiments per year on the LLE facilities.
The successful applicant will also be expected to broaden the research portfolio of the NLUF and LBS Programs, to seek and encourage new users, and to work with the broad high energy density physics (HEDP) community to increase advocacy and sponsorship. In addition to these responsibilities, the successful applicant is expected to actively participate in the ongoing research programs at LLE. While the exact fraction of the time spent in research will be flexible, it is expected to be in the range of 50% averaged over the year.
The NLUF Manager is part of the senior management team at LLE and will be expected to communicate the results of work carried out on the facility to NNSA and other sponsors, the national laboratories, and the broader HEDP and ICF scientific community.
Specific NLUF responsibilities include:
Conduct and coordinate with NNSA the NLUF (bi-annual) solicitation for shot time on Omega,
Conduct the annual Laboratory Basic Science (LBS) solicitation for NNSA and Office of Science laboratories,
Serve as sub-committee chair for the Basic Science program on the Omega Facility Advisory and Scheduling Committee (FASC)
Serve as user coordinator- communicating FASC decisions to all users (including LLE users), resolve conflicts,
Serve as liaison to Omega Laser Users Group (OLUG)
Communicate user community status to LLE Trustees, distinguished visitors, and others
Omega Experimental User Coordinator functional tasks include the following:
Form merit-review committees to evaluate the NLUF and LBS proposals.
Coordinate LLE feasibility analysis for proposed NLUF and LBS experiments,
Document committee discussions of NLUF proposal review including recommendations on proposal approval/disapproval and shot/funding allocation.
Support the NNSA in communicating the results of the NLUF review to the principal investigators.
Communicate results of LBS review to the applicants.
Communicate results of NLUF and LBS reviews to LLE management.
Prepare annual summaries of all external user experiments for the LLE Annual Report.
Maintain and communicate information on external user publication activity.
Maintain and communicate information on external user graduate student research and employment destinations.
In addition to these specific responsibilities, the successful applicant is to help develop new initiatives, grow the sponsor base and be an advocate for external users both within and outside of LLE. This includes:
Outreach to Universities and Industry for NLUF
Outreach to DOE laboratories for LBS
Participation in activities of the American Research Infrastructure Alliance (ARIA) (aka NUFO), a planned non-for-profit entity acting as an independent, third party validator of the importance of research at user facilities.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant area of high-energy-density physics or related field, a demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment and leadership, and excellent communication and organizational skills. Candidates should have prior experience as a user of the Omega facility or equivalent experience in user facilities for HEDP research
In addition to the online application, qualified applicants should submit a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The applicant should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to LLE. All supplemental materials should be sent to the attention of:
John Schoen, Administrative Director Laboratory for Laser Energetics 250 East River Road Rochester, NY 14623-1212 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (585) 275-5960.
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