Cornell University, Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education

Position ID:Cornell-CLASSEPhysics-CLASSEDIRECTOR [#22991]
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Engineering / Materials Science and Engineering, Biology
Physics / Accelerator Physics, Physics Outreach, Particle Physics, Cosmology
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/09/27, finished 2023/09/14, listed until 2023/03/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Search for Director, Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based ScienceS and Education 

Cornell University seeks applications and nominations of candidates for the position of Director of the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE). 

The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE) is a major interdisciplinary research center whose mission includes the study of accelerator physics, photon science – including advanced x-ray-based characterization methods - cosmology, and particle physics. There are extensive resources that support its research mission. These include Newman, PSB and Wilson laboratories, their supporting technical and administrative staff, facilities (including the CHESS x-ray facility), shops and computing infrastructure, and the Cornell Electron Storage Ring accelerator complex. 

CLASSE facilitates an array of research projects in accelerator physics, theoretical and experimental particle physics, cosmology, photon science, biology, biomedicine, chemistry and materials engineering. The largest of the research projects, CHESS, is a university research center within CLASSE that oversees and operates CESR and the CHESS facility. The CHESS Director oversees its operations, budget, and space, and works in partnership with the CLASSE director on shared resources. 

In addition to CHESS, CLASSE hosts the Center for Bright Beams and the CBETA energy recovery linac. It is the host lab for NSF US-CMS LHC High-Luminosity MREFC upgrade project. 

The Role 

The CLASSE Directorship is a dual appointment, reporting to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) as the chief executive officer of the Laboratory, and a senior tenured member of the Cornell faculty. The 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 of 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 is expected to articulate and promote that scientific vision within the university and at the national and international level. The Director is expected to maintain presence on review panels and advisory boards, and to keep well apprised of national and international developments in the fields of photon science, accelerator physics, cosmology and particle physics that could significantly impact current and future CLASSE projects and programs. The Director will also lead efforts to secure funding with federal and state agencies as well as industry partners. Finally, the Director has oversight responsibility for the educational outreach activities of CLASSE. 

The search committee welcomes applications or nominations for this position, preferably accompanied by a curriculum vitae and cover letter bearing on the candidate’s qualifications for the Directorship. Relevant qualifications include international scientific stature, demonstrated leadership and advocacy at the national level, and management skills at the laboratory level. 

Nominations or applications should be sent to by e-mail to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 
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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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