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Argonne National Laboratory

Division Director for Energy Systems and Infrastructure Analysis




Full Time


Lemont, Illinois, United States

At Argonne National Laboratory, we work in support of the US Department of Energy’s missions to ensure America’s security and prosperity by pursuing its energy, environmental, and economic opportunities and addressing challenges through transformative science and technology (S&T) solutions. The Advanced Energy Technologies (AET) directorate at Argonne, one of five S&T directorates, seeks to enable a sustainable, secure, equitable, and prosperous energy future for the U.S. AET comprises 3 Divisions and several cross-cutting initiatives that are focused on solving the most pressing energy, mobility, materials, and manufacturing challenges using the laboratory’s world-class scientific and engineering expertise and facilities. The AET team collaborates with internal and external partners on cutting-edge research, development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies. Our current research portfolio has grown through work done for key sponsors such as the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, the Office of Electricity, the Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Office of the Department of Energy and includes a focus on the newly created Offices under the DOE Undersecretary of Infrastructure such as the Office of Clean Energy Demonstration and the Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains, as well as other federal agencies and non-federal entities.

The Division Director of Energy Systems and Infrastructure Analysis (ESIA DD) reports to the AET Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) and works closely with the AET Leadership Team (LT) to manage S&T and operational functions of the Division in alignment with the Directorate and Lab strategic plan(s), to maintain existing programs, to develop new initiatives, and to sustain/grow relationships with sponsors.

ESIA’s vision is to be a global leader in the analysis of energy systems and associated infrastructure and develop models/tools that help governments and industries perform informed research, development, and deployment of energy technologies. ESIA’s mission is to conduct systematic and deep analyses of energy systems and related infrastructure to strengthen the economy, improve energy and environmental sustainability, and enhance national energy security. ESIA develops models and tools of energy technologies with systems-level perspectives and process-level details to inform technology demonstration and deployment for societal benefits. Our existing capabilities include modeling, simulation, and optimization of energy systems and technologies; life cycle analysis models; techno-economic analysis models; engineering process modeling; system-wide and fleet impact modeling; and modeling and analysis of building and industrial technologies. The division comprises two centers – the Systems Assessment Center (SAC) and the Center for Energy, Environmental & Economic Systems Analysis (CEEESA). The SAC has been focused mainly on transportation, industry, agriculture, and the oil/gas sectors, while CEEESA has been focused primarily on electric power and building sectors. Both centers address energy systems that enable an efficient and clean U.S. economy.

The ESIA DD will lead, manage and motivate a high-performing, vibrant and diverse multi-disciplinary scientific, and technical professional team of over one hundred employees. The DD role includes line management responsibility for research, development and operations of the division. The Director will lead the development and implementation of near- and long-term strategic priorities of the division and be proactive in identifying and pursuing new R&D opportunities. As a member of the AET directorate leadership team and the lab’s extended leadership team, the ESIA DD is a strategic partner in stewarding the organization’s interests, aligning division strategic goals to the directorate’s and the Laboratory’s strategic goals. The ESIA DD fosters and develops inter-divisional, inter-directorate, and multi-disciplinary research initiatives and collaborations across the Laboratory. The DD will engage constructively with other Argonne leadership teams, DOE and other federal and non-federal sponsors in the planning, coordination, integration, management, execution and enhancement of research, development, and assessment activities, including the support of clean energy demonstrations and deployments.

The ESIA DD assures that all Divisional activities will be executed in compliance with ES&H and security responsibilities established by the Laboratory's ES&H policies, Safeguards and Security policies, work rules, and safe practices. The DD will promote and execute Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in an engineering, environmental science, system analysis, or computational and modeling science, or related field, with ten years’ experience including relevant, demonstrated accomplishments scientific leadership and management. Master’s degree with more than fifteen years’ experience will be also considered.

  • Skills and demonstrated abilities in acquiring and maintaining relationships with multiple federal and non-federal sponsors/stakeholders. Experience and established relationships with federal agencies.

  • Strong leadership and management skills in attracting, managing, and sustaining a highly competent and diverse interdisciplinary staff and maintaining an open and collegial environment.

  • Success in identifying, cultivating, and forming relationships to broaden and deepen partner commitments and achieve outcome metrics.

  • Ability to think strategically, delegate responsibility, build consensus and communicate and advocate effectively in a complex multidivisional environment and assemble matrixed teams. Ability to do same with partners outside of Argonne.

  • Skilled in oral and written communications skills and the ability to work with high level internal and external contacts while displaying the ability to adapt knowledge to complex situations, communications, and leadership issues.

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

R&D Multi-Functional Leader 4

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Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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