Associate Director, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research

Germantown, Maryland
Feb 07, 2023
Feb 14, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science - Headquarters is looking for a dynamic, innovative, seasoned executive to lead the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), which comprised of two subprograms. The Computational Research and Partnerships (Research) subprogram underpins DOE's world leadership in computational science by supporting fundamental research in applied mathematics, computer science, high-performance networks, computational partnerships (SciDAC) and educational programs.

In addition, the Advanced Computing Technology component of the Research program is comprised of co-design initiatives focused on design and development for next generation extremely heterogeneous supercomputers; emerging technologies such as quantum and neuromorphic computing; and distributed computing ecosystems coupled with the development of applications and systems software to produce new hardware technologies and testbeds that will be deployed in the beyond exascale era. The High Performance Computing and Network Facilities subprogram supports the design, deployment, and operations of forefront computational and networking user facilities to meet critical mission needs. ASCR operates three high performance computing (HPC) user facilities: the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which provides high performance computing resources and large-scale storage to a broad range of SC researchers; and the two Leadership Computing Facilities (LCFs) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), which provide leading-edge high performance computing capability to the U.S. research and industrial communities. ASCR's high performance network user facility, the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), operated by LBNL, delivers highly reliable data transport capabilities optimized for the requirements of large-scale scientific research across the Department.


As the Associate Director, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research you will:
  • Serve as an international expert in the areas of research and the scientific user facilities supported by the Office's program. Formulate program goals, strategic directions, priorities, and plans for the Office, factoring in advice provided by the scientific advisory committee, as appropriate.
  • Formulate, direct, implements, administer, evaluate, and defend programs and policies necessary for the efficient implementation of a complex, comprehensive program in advanced scientific computing and computational science research which encompasses the diverse areas of applied mathematics, computer science and physical sciences. Prepare complex reports, papers, and policies on subjects covering areas of research and the scientific user facilities to be used by a variety of individuals and/groups.
  • Develop the budget requirements for activities at national laboratories, universities, and other research institutions. Assist the head of the organization in formulating budget requests and defending budget requests through DOE, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Congressional committees.
  • Integrate the efforts of the program elements, particularly the elements that support research with those that support the design, construction, and operations of instrumentation and the scientific user facilities. Integrate the program with other organizational programs; other DOE programs; and other Federal research programs such as those of the National Science Foundation. Assure effective interagency planning, coordination, and evaluation of programs that cut across agencies.
  • Represent the head of the organization on matters concerning the areas of responsibility in a variety of situations. Provide interpretations of the organization and DOE regulations, policies, and technical facts while engaged in meetings with Federal government officials, national laboratory directors, Congressional committees, and other public and private institutions. Maintain regular contact with the head of the organization and other senior level managers; maintain frequent contact with assistant secretaries, office directors and their representatives, counterparts in other Federal agencies, Congressional leaders, DOE field offices, contractors, university, and other research groups including foreign institutions.


Conditions of Employment

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant to finalize your ECQ narrative for OPM submission.

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE (HSPD-12): A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

DRUG TESTING: As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

MOBILITY: A mobility agreement may be required based on mission needs.

E-VERIFY: New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .


The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Applicants must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the entire application package. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) must be addressed in a separate narrative.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The five (5) ECQs described below were designed to asses executive-level experiences and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

1: Leading Change : Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2: Leading People : Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3: Results Driven : Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4: Business Acumen : Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5: Building Coalitions : Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): As part of your application package, a supplemental narrative must be uploaded addressing each MTQ listed below . No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs. Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the MTQs may cause your application to be deemed incomplete and not be considered.

MTQ#1: Demonstrate knowledge of and experience in research and operations of scientific facilities in the areas of physical, mathematical or computational sciences sufficient to serve as the principal advisor for the Office of Science. (Note: This is based on formal training, extensive personal research, and work experience.)

MTQ#2: Demonstrate capabilities in scientific and technical leadership and in the management of innovative research programs, scientific facilities, and national and international collaborations in the area of mathematics, physical or computer science.

MTQ#3: Demonstrate capabilities in formulating, developing, and executing overall policies, program emphasis, strategic planning with the application of extensive scientific knowledge, breadth of insight, and technical expertise in mathematics, physical or computer science.


General Physical Science Series, 1301

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:
A. Degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Computer Science Series, 1550

Individual Occupational Requirements

Series Definition:
This series includes professional positions which primarily involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. The primary requirements of the work are (a) professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; (b) specialized knowledge of the design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad areas of applications of computing which have common structures, processes, and techniques; and (c) knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences.
Basic Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.
Evaluation of Education:
Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

Mathematics Series, 1520

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:
A. Degree in mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

The total course work in either A or B above must have included differential and integral calculus and, in addition, four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite.
You must provide a copy of your transcripts from an accredited institution. Be sure to include those transcripts directly applicable to determining your meeting the education requirements. Failure to provide proof of education will result in non-consideration for this position. OFFICIAL ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS will be required to be provided prior to entrance-on-duty for individuals selected.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see Department of Education .

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Telework: Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the DOE Workplace Flexibilities policy. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit:

OF-306: You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal Employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

The selecting official may need to consult Departmental ethics counsel to determine whether any of your former or current employers, affiliations, or financial holdings conflict with your ability to perform the duties of this position. If necessary, ethics counsel will work with you and the hiring office regarding potential mitigation strategies, if available.

Hiring incentives may be authorized in accordance with agency policy and if funding is available.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.