POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester has an opening for the Manager of the National Laser Users Facility (NLUF) Program and Coordinator for all external users of the Omega Laser Facility at LLE. The NLUF Manager works with the Department of Energy (DOE) -NNSA office, Omega Facility operations staff, and the Omega Experimental and Theory Divisions staff to ensure the success of experimental campaigns led by external users. In addition to the NLUF Program, the position coordinates the Laboratory Basic Sciences (LBS) Program that enables scientists from DOE's National Laboratories and LLE to conduct research programs on the Omega facilities. The NLUF and LBS Programs execute approximately 600 experiments per year on the LLE facilities.

The successful applicant will also be expected to broaden the research portfolio of the NLUF and LBS Programs, to seek and encourage new users, and to work with the broad high energy density physics (HEDP) community to increase advocacy and sponsorship. In addition to these responsibilities, the successful applicant is expected to actively participate in the ongoing research programs at LLE. While the exact fraction of the time spent in research will be flexible, it is expected to be in the range of 50% averaged over the year.

The NLUF Manager is part of the senior management team at LLE and will be expected to communicate the results of work carried out on the facility to NNSA and other sponsors, the national laboratories, and the broader HEDP and ICF scientific community.

Specific NLUF responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and coordinate with NNSA the NLUF (bi-annual) solicitation for shot time on Omega
  • Conduct the annual Laboratory Basic Science (LBS) solicitation for NNSA and Office of Science laboratories
  • Serve as sub-committee chair for the Basic Science program on the Omega Facility Advisory and Scheduling Committee (FASC)
  • Serve as user coordinator- communicating FASC decisions to all users (including LLE users), resolve conflicts
  • Update and publish the Omega Users' Guide
  • Serve as liaison to Omega Laser Users Group (OLUG)
  • Communicate user community status to LLE Trustees, distinguished visitors, and others

Omega Experimental User Coordinator functional tasks include the following:

  • Form merit-review committees to evaluate the NLUF and LBS proposals
  • Coordinate LLE feasibility analysis for proposed NLUF and LBS experiments
  • Document committee discussions of NLUF proposal review including recommendations on proposal approval/disapproval and shot/funding allocation
  • Support the NNSA in communicating the results of the NLUF review to the principal investigators
  • Communicate results of LBS review to the applicants
  • Communicate results of NLUF and LBS reviews to LLE management
  • Prepare annual summaries of all external user experiments for the LLE Annual Report
  • Maintain and communicate information on external user publication activity
  • Maintain and communicate information on external user graduate student research and employment destinations

In addition to these specific responsibilities, the successful applicant is to help develop new initiatives, grow the sponsor base and be an advocate for external users both within and outside of LLE. This includes:

  • Outreach to Universities and Industry for NLUF
  • Outreach to DOE laboratories for LBS
  • Participation in activities of the American Research Infrastructure Alliance (ARIA) (aka NUFO), a planned non-for-profit entity acting as an independent, third party validator of the importance of research at user facilities

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant area of high-energy-density physics or related field, a demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment and leadership, and excellent communication and organizational skills. Candidates should have prior experience as a user of the Omega facility or equivalent experience in user facilities for HEDP research.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 205865.

In addition to the online application, qualified applicants should submit a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The applicant should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to LLE. All supplemental materials should be sent to the attention of: John Schoen, Administrative Director, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1212 E-mail: Fax: (585) 275-5960.

Posted on 10 January 2018


POSITION SUMMARY: Financial officer for the development and oversight of all financial matters and the steward of compliance to federal, state and University policies, including audits requested by the University, New York State and federal agencies. Administrative officer for the areas of human resources, award/proposal preparation, publications, purchasing, and property management. Operations officer for the physical plant's operations and maintenance (O&M), and capital improvements. Facility Security Officer (FSO) for adherence to relevant Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) orders and directives associated with the sponsored research program. Reports to both the LLE Director and University Sr.Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Represents LLE as a member of several University committees.


Serves as principal Financial Officer for the development of annual sponsored research, administrative and O&M budgets and ongoing control of expenditures within approved budgets; assures systematic and realistic financial planning and compliance to policy. Communicates revenue expectations, cash flow requirements and completes expected reports to the University administration on a timely basis. Provides information as needed to monitor costs, variances, or midyear adjustments and provides proactive financial analysis for LLE management and/or as requested by funding sponsors. Assures financial transparency and fiscal credibility of programs, systems and reports. Acts as LLE liaison for all audits, procedures, and property management. In execution of this responsibility, routinely interacts with funding sponsor contracting and program management officers. Manages a division of 43 staff including accounting, personnel, purchasing, publications and operations.

In concert with the UR Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA), is involved in negotiating contracts involving LLE. Engaged in the complete life spectrum of responsibilities of award management including proposal submissions, award amendments, external subcontracts to final closeout. Expected to maintain CLASP (Continuous Learning for Administrators of Sponsored Programs) certification with ORPA. Responsible for the defense and justification of the fiscal content of proposals. Assures contract compliance, particularly in terms of cost control and accountability to funding sources; monitors to assure that University expenditures, records and systems facilitate compliance with contractual commitments, with particular emphasis to accounting/control principles for allowability, allocability and reasonableness within the Uniform Guidance of 2 CFR 200.

Local officer for Human Resources, engaged in all hires/terminations, assesses and recommends compensation, prepares offer letters and communicates benefit policies as necessary and appropriate. Directly handles sensitive personnel problems and expedites critical personnel actions. Manages the performance evaluation process and assists LLE Director in annual salary program review with UR Senior Leaders. Maintains awareness of relevant human resources policies, such as the Minor Program/FLSA/FMLA, for implementation and compliance of all applicable state and federal labor laws, as well as university agreements with bargaining units.

Operations Officer for the physical plant operations and maintenance and subsequent budgeting of day-to-day costs and long term capital planning. LLE is a unique enterprise within the UR, as the facilities (union) staff report directly to LLE and are not part of the centralized Facilities organization. In coordination with senior LLE management, oversees and executes internal space planning. Responsible for management planning and coordination for large-scale building renovation or construction projects.

Serves as Facility Security Officer (FSO) for the University of Rochester and DOE/NNSA. Maintains the Site Security Plan in accordance with government orders, as well as leads and maintains the Foreign Ownership and Controlling Influence (FOCI) certification process. Provides security training and annual awareness reviews. Acts a host to national laboratory experimental campaigns as necessary.

Coordinates University services to LLE and develops and maintains supportive relationships between LLE and various University departments, units and officers. Serves on a variety of University committees including United Way (expected to be a Leadership Donor), President's University Management Team (UMT), President's Diversity Implementation Committee and is responsible for the University Program for Minors within LLE.

Provides the resources needed by LLE administrative personnel to carry out their responsibilities; sets and monitors professional management standards. Defines jobs and organizes responsibilities; Communicates expectations. Reinforces the professional independence of LLE administrators and maintains sense of responsibility and motivation.


A science/engineering education plus a MBA or CPA is desired and a minimum of 4-6 years of finance, contract management and management/operations experience. Prior experience with operational budgets, forecasting and cost modeling is essential. U.S. government audit or U.S. government contract proposal experience is highly desirable. Familiarity with computer reporting/financial management systems is desirable; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. U.S. citizenship is required as incumbent must obtain a DOE Q-clearance after hiring. Expected to have understanding of export control, intellectual property, immigration (visas), health/safety, consultant agreements and develop a cooperative working relationship with relevant UR counterparts.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 206136.

Posted on 18 January 2018

Laser Development and Engineering


The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester is currently seeking a Lead Control System Engineer. The successful candidate must have a experience in programming SCADA/PLC equipment (GE/Fanuc experience a plus), and be capable of interacting with a team of scientists, instrument specialists, mechanical, optical, and software engineers to develop control system solutions for cutting edge research. This position requires a BS in electrical engineering (or equivalent experience/training) and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 205577.

Posted on 13 December 2017


OMEGA Facility


POSITION SUMMARY: Senior level technical professional with strong electrical or mechanical background and managerial skills needed to oversee personnel and group planning, coordination, and administration.


  • Supervise assigned technical staff, including daily task assignments and performance appraisals.
  • Coordinate personnel and materials to meet daily and weekly shot campaign requirements, including coordination with other groups/organizations.
  • Administer and verify compliance with safety requirements for operational areas and projects which includes electrical, mechanical, chemical, and radiological safety aspects.
  • Monitor and report on OMEGA shot and maintenance operations performance.
  • Manage watchbill and group vacation scheduling.
  • Administer the preventative maintenance schedule, including implementation and reporting.
  • Manage the spare parts inventory.
  • Support equipment troubleshooting.
  • Maintain proficiency on the OMEGA Experimental Operations watchstanding stations (minimum ESO and EST).
  • Conduct watchstander and technician training, including initial training, annual recurrent training, and presentation of relevant changes to procedures, hardware, or software as necessary.
  • Represent the group's interests at project design meetings.
  • Support shot planning and efficiency optimization, including 1 week / 2 week experiment planning meetings.


  • A degree in engineering, electronics, optics, mechanical technology, or related field.
  • 2 to 5 years of applicable experience.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 207586.

Posted on 29 March 2018


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