Head, ITER Fabrication Dept.

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Head, ITER Fabrication Dept.


Job ID: 2020-11738
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Engineering

Princeton University


Directs the design and fabrication of ITER Diagnostic Systems for which U.S. is responsible.


Do you want to be an influential part of the world’s largest fusion experiment? The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the U.S. ITER Diagnostic Team Lead and the PPPL ITER Fabrication Department Head. This position comes with the opportunity to grow and advance international research initiatives, leading engineering projects, influencing the most complex fusion facility ever built. ITER is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering mega-project, which will be the world's largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment studying burning plasmas for the first time. Thirty-five nations are collaborating to build and operate ITER tokamak, located in France.

In this role, you would lead a team of PPPL staff and subcontractors in delivering on U.S. diagnostic and port integration responsibilities. The ideal candidate would have an executive-level background and experience delivering multi-million dollar research or engineering projects. This role requires effectively collaborating with senior leadership at PPPL, U.S. ITER, and the ITER Organization as well as leaders from the other ITER domestic agencies, in devising and executing strategies for effective integration of U.S. diagnostic activities with the international ITER project. This position has overall responsibility for cost, schedule, and technical performance in the execution of U.S. ITER diagnostic scope. Managing the development and delivery of the state-of-the-art diagnostics while addressing the specific technical nuclear issues associated with ITER is on the cutting edge of fusion engineering research.

As a member of PPPL’s senior leadership team, you will actively participate in Laboratory strategic planning and management functions, and represent U.S. ITER on the Laboratory Leadership Council.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in high temperature physics, engineering, or related field, and 15 or more years’ experience leading complex projects required.
  • Advanced degree in engineering; 10 years’ experience in leading major R&D, DOE or other federally funded programs or projects highly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead a national, multi-disciplinary engineering team as part of an international project.
  • Ability to lead and perform effectively in a climate of constant change.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills.
Working Conditions:

  • Frequent travel to ITER Project site in France (monthly), to U.S. ITER HQ at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee (monthly), and other subcontractor sites, as needed.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.





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Posted: 1/8/2021
Application Due: 3/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time