Synchrotron Project Beamlines Lead

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)’s Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U) Project has an immediate opening for a Synchrotron Project Beamlines Lead to join the team.

The ALS is a dynamic national scientific user facility that provides thousands of scientists from around the world access to bright beams of x-rays, infrared, and extreme ultraviolet light for scientific studies and technology development in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. The ALS is a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades. The ALS-U project is a new project at LBNL that will ensure the facility’s leadership in this field for the next decades. It’s an exciting time to join our growing team!

The Beamline and Optical Systems (BOSS) area is one of four major ALS-U areas that also include Accelerator Systems, Removal and Installation, and Operations. You will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of new project beamlines, beamline upgrades, and moves, logistics, and other associated beamline systems within the scope of the ALS-U project. You report to the ALS-U Project Manager. You will provide overall leadership and supervision of a team of engineers, scientists, associates, and technicians. The expectation of this position is to lead the ALS-U Beamlines and Optical Systems team through the preliminary design, final design, construction, and commissioning phases of the ALS-U project including the transition of operations back to the Advanced Light Source.

This position participates as an active member of the ALS-U senior management team including strategic planning, formulation, direction, and implementation of the project to enhance the effective and efficient delivery of the ALS-U project.

The duties include strategic planning, formulation, direction as well as implementation of the project to enhance the effective and efficient delivery of the ALS-U project. To accomplish this, the position requires close partnership with the ALS, Engineering, ATAP, and the Berkeley Lab Operations Divisions.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall development, leadership, direction, and management of ALS-U beamlines and optical systems
  • Hire, organize, manage, and supervise staff. This includes managing and directing the work performed by the Beamline and Optical Systems team that includes
    • Development, construction, and commissioning of new and upgraded insertion device beamlines and associated front ends;
    • Bend magnet beamline moves and realignment;
    • Performing relevant R&D;
    • Transition of beamlines back to operation;
  • Lead the BOSS area through the preliminary design, final design, construction, and commissioning phases of the ALS-U project including the transition of operations back to the Advanced Light Source.
  • Develop, identify and manage requirements, interfaces and risks.
  • Manage and report on budget and schedule, including EVMS management.
  • Manage space, equipment, and facilities utilized for construction of ALS-U project beamlines; coordinate space needs with ALS-U space manager.
  • Work closely with the ALS Photon Science team, ALS beamline scientists, and ALS engineering team to coordinate efforts between ALS-U and ALS beamlines teams.
  • Work closely with the ALS-U procurement team on acquisition planning and effective execution of BOSS procurements.
  • Oversee preparations for reviews – e.g. technical reviews, Director’s, PMAB, OPA, etc.; organize BOSS technical reviews.
  • Report at regular team meetings, advisory committee meetings, and other venues.
  • For biannual ALS-U Experimental Systems Advisory Committee and other relevant committees:
    • Consult with ALS-U Project Director and Project Manager, and ALS Science Director in the appointment of the chair and members;
    • Consult with Project Director and committee chair to develop charges for meetings;
    • Coordinate Experimental Systems presentations at committee meetings;
  • Coordinate with ALS-U EHS lead and ALS-U management on work safety, and ensure that work performed by the BOSS team follows safe work practices.
  • Represent the Laboratory to the outside world in engineering through, for example, participation in design reviews, workshops and conferences.
  • Author or contribute to conference presentations and publications.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering, Physics or related field and eight or more years of relevant experience or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
  • Experience presenting conceptual and completed designs through design reviews and documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to run a moderate-sized, team-oriented organization and attract, retain and develop a talented and diverse staff.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a managerial/leadership role. This includes experience in providing supervision, guidance, and mentoring for team members.
  • Experience building a team atmosphere involving multi-discipline personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience in advanced problem-solving and decision-making necessary to independently solve problems and make appropriate decisions.
    • Experience estimating project costs and resource requirements, generating project schedules, and tracking progress to meet deadlines.
  • Significant large-scale project management experience.
  • Expert knowledge of synchrotron beamlines, or similar relevant technologies
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills in authoring technical and scientific reports and publications.
  • Familiarity with project management and tracking tools and methods.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with other engineering staff, scientific staff, external collaborators, and the highest levels of LBNL management.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in Engineering or Physics and extensive experience with particle accelerator and beamline related science.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of particle accelerators and beamlines.
  • Significant DOE Order 413.3 project management experience.
  • Established connections and reputation with the national and international community in particle accelerators and beamlines.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time career appointment
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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