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Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE)

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York’s land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

A search has begun for a new director of the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE). CLASSE is a major interdisciplinary research center whose mission includes the study of beam physics, photon science and particle physics. CLASSE has extensive resources that support its research mission. These include Newman and Wilson laboratories, their facilities, shops and computing infrastructure, the Cornell Electron Storage Ring accelerator complex, the CHESS National X-ray facility, and the supporting technical and administrative staff. A principal current focus of CLASSE is the development of an Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) as a next generation light source. At the same time, CLASSE continues to facilitate an array of other research projects in accelerator physics, photon science, and theoretical and experimental particle physics. CLASSE infrastructure and personnel are supported primarily through research grants.
The CLASSE Directorship is a dual appointment, as the chief executive officer of the Laboratory and a senior tenured member of the Cornell faculty with academic responsibilities in the Physics Department or one of the other academic units with significant faculty and student involvement in CLASSE based activities. The CLASSE Director is responsible for the management of the laboratory’s administrative infrastructure, staff and research facilities so as to best support and promote the success of the broad range externally sponsored research projects that are carried out by the faculty and staff associated with CLASSE and that utilize CLASSE resources. The Director works in close consultation with the PIs for the major CLASSE projects to ensure the availability and proper allocation of resources necessary for success.
The Director is the principal advocate and ambassador for the evolving CLASSE programs and he or she is expected to articulate and promote that scientific vision within the university, at the federal funding agencies, particularly at NSF and DOE, and with the NY State and Federal legislatures and administrations. The Director is expected to maintain a national and international presence on review panels and advisory boards, and to keep well apprised of national and international developments in the fields of photon science and accelerator physics that could significantly impact current and future CLASSE projects and programs. The Director also has oversight responsibility for the graduate and postdoctoral educational mission of CLASSE and for its educational outreach activities.
Ph.D. required with a background in Physics or other appropriate discipline. The search committee welcomes applications or nominations for this position, preferably accompanied by curriculum vitae and other information bearing on the candidate’s qualifications for the Directorship. Relevant qualifications include scientific stature, leadership, and management skills.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however interviews will begin as soon as qualified applicants are identified. Applications and nominations should be sent to Deborah Shigley, Research Division HR, 222 Day Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; or by e-mail attachment to