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Group Leader, HPC Clusters
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak RIdge
SessionJob Fair
Event Type
Job Posting
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TimeMonday, 9 November 20209am - 8pm EST

We are seeking a Group Leader for HPC Clusters in the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS). Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education. NCCS Provides state-of-the-art computational and data science infrastructure coupled with dedicated technical and scientific professionals tackling large-scale problems across a broad range of scientific domains for accelerating scientific discovery and engineering advances. NCCS hosts the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, one of DOE’s National User Facilities.


Provide both technical and non-technical leadership to a group of between 6-10 Linux Systems Engineers that strategically advances technical professional subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs or operations consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.

The Technical Group Leader orchestrates and oversees a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. The Technical Group Leader reports to and works closely with the Section Head to implement the group’s technical vision; works closely with group members to identify areas for growth, set/establish performance-related goals, address performance-related deficiencies, and provide opportunities to further enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of technical professional expertise; works to solve technical challenges for science, engineering, or technical projects and functions; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.


Technical professionals are recognized leaders in their area by providing subject matter expertise for a variety of technical projects, programs, or operations. Solves technical challenges for science, engineering, operations or projects.

The Group Leader will guide the the HPC Clusters Group in its responsibility for the day-to-day administration and support of the NCCS/OLCF capacity computing needs within NCCS (for both the OLCF and other programs/initiatives such as CADES). Activities include program and project-related requirements gathering, system architecture and procurement efforts, along with the subsequent installation and deployment, acceptance and performance testing, upgrades, problem diagnosis and troubleshooting, etc.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:


Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing technical projects to position the group for future success.
Develop and implement plans to exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
Assist staff in setting performance goals consistent with the group’s strategy and members’ long-term career goals. Provide feedback, coaching, and mentoring to individual group members in an effort to address performance or behavioral issues in a timely manner.
Work to build consensus around best-practice technical solutions, both within the group and in cross-cutting projects within the NCCS, and assist in associated conflict resolution.
Conduct annual Group Health Assessments, where performance among group members is evaluated and compared to peers in their respective fields, and overall group health and performance is evaluated against pre-established metrics
Provide relevant input to assist the Technical Section Head with staff development while providing direct and impactful guidance to staff on regular basis.
Attract a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hire staff members who are committed to world-class technology and aspire to be the best in their field.
Lead by example by exercising the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research.
Coach and mentor staff regarding Battelle’s “Safe Conduct of Research” principles
Lead ESH&Q by example and ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
Exemplify a commitment to “One ORNL” by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab.


Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group.
Encourage staff to “think and dream big,” take appropriate risks in their work, and develop skills that will enable them to pursue new ideas, technical passions, and programs.
Advance the reputation of the group members and standing of the group as a whole through establishing collaborations, Professional Society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical events.
Support group members by consistently reviewing technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
Build strong teams across ORNL.
Connect staff to your network and professional societies.
Hold regular technical group meetings and be visible in the labs and workplace.
Hold regular 1-on-1 meetings and discussions with individual staff members to discuss project tasks, status, obstacles, and needs.
Assume front-line responsibility for safety in the group’s laboratory; mentor and empower the Laboratory Space Managers to create a strong safety culture.
Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL security, cybersecurity policies and guidelines.


To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work environment and opportunity for professional growth.
To R&D section head, for world-leading technical directions, safe effective, and compliant operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment, and the quality of products and services.
To customer, for the quality of products and service


Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue world-leading technical/technology directions for the group.
Hold staff accountable for performance through organized and documented Employee Performance Management processes and Group Health Assessments.
Act to ensure safe and effective operations
Recruit, Interview, and recommend hiring of staff
Develop on-boarding plans for new staff—including assignment of technical and non-technical mentors
Certify the technical quality of the group’s products and services

Qualifications Required:

Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years relevant experiences, a M.S. with a minimum of 7 years experiences, a B.S. with 8 years relevant experiences, or significant relevant experiences.
Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams
Other qualifications are section specific

Preferred Qualifications:

Qualified candidates should have demonstrated management experience
History of engagement with Department of Energy and national laboratory complex, particularly leadership class computing
Exceptional communication, planning, collaboration, and customer service skills.

Special Requirements:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

Relocation: Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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