Northwestern University is looking for a talented, experienced, and visionary scientist to lead the Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team (LS-CAT). The Operations Manager is a non-tenure track research faculty position reporting to Alfonso Mondrag�n. This is a unique opportunity for the right person to guide the facility through a major upgrade at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) and to position the facility to take advantage of a vastly improved x-ray source. This is the most exciting time to be involved in synchrotron science as design advances in circular machines has opened new vistas in scientific research.
LS-CAT, is embedded in Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source in Lemont IL. LS-CAT operates and maintains specialized equipment to provide intense x-ray beams for our users who mainly perform x-ray crystallography experiments. High availability of this equipment is essential since the facility operates 24 hours a day and is relied upon by hundreds of experimenters.
LS-CAT is a consortium of 6 research institutions (Michigan State University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, and Wayne State University) with Northwestern University designated as the managing partner. LS-CAT personnel, including the manager are Northwestern University employees.
Please Note: Not all aspects of the job are covered by this job description.LS-CAT personnel generally have multiple roles as there are many and varied tasks to be performed. As such there are multiple ways in which the manager may assign tasks to align his/her own interests and talents with those of the staff. Our most important resources are the connections we make with our user community. Hence, excellent communications skills are a must.
Provide leadership and guidance to the LS-CAT Team, ensuring it is structured and resourced to provide efficient and effective support to the customers it serves.
Key contributor to the development of LS-CAT’s goals, budget, and science and technology outreach strategy
Recommend policies to the LS-CAT Management Board.
Implement policies approved by the LS-CAT Management Board.
Oversee day-to-day operations to ensure the smooth running of the facility.
Write proposals to funding agencies for new instrumentation.
Plan equipment maintenance and upgrades to remain a leading facility.
Recruit, hire, oversee and manage staff. Provide direction and guidance in the performance of their duties.
Work in partnership with the Scientific Director and the LS-CAT Management Board.
Act as an interface between the LS-CAT Management Board, Northwestern University, and the APS.
Prepare and present annual budgets to the LS-CAT Management Board.
Initiate new projects to expand and modernize the facility.
Interface with LS-CAT members to ensure they remain highly productive.
Strategically allocate personnel to various projects including:
Crystallography user support services
Maintenance of resources:
Sample Mounting Robots
Data collection interfaces
Prepare reports to the LS-CAT Management Board and Member Institutions
Represent LS-CAT on various APS committees as required.
Manage all design, specification, procurement, fabrication, installation, and commissioning for the beam lines and associated experimental facilities
Establish beam line safety and quality assurance quality control needs and ensure their implementation with respect to beam line components
Prepare technical specifications, cost estimates, and schedules for the beam line components and associated experimental facilities
Adhere to such policies as may be developed by the APS with respect to CAT users, general users, and other matters
Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
At least 7 years of experience working in a synchrotron radiation facility
At least 5 years of management experience
Experience writing federally sponsored grant proposals (such as NIH, DoE, DoD, NSF), evidence of developing professional and fruitful relationships with research funding entities
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to engage in team-based research and collaboration
Good organizational skills and the ability to multitask
Strategic, critical thinking
A working knowledge of the following is required:
Synchrotron x-ray instrumentation
Hardware and software engineering
User interface design
User program management
Handling of cryogenics
Ultra-High vacuum systems
Safety management at a Department of Energy facility
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40884
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.