Facilities Design and Construction Branch Head
# of Openings:
Facilities Management and Physical Plant
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is
a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by
Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of
Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and
technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory
advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to
develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to
realize fusion, the processes that power the stars, as an energy
source for the world.
The PPPL campus includes 30 buildings (90.7
acres, 760,000 square feet) electrical distribution (138kV to
110V), mechanical, process and control systems supporting
accelerator operations, research laboratories (laser, materials,
chemical and other dry and wet labs), in addition to office space
and support facilities.
The Facilities Design and Construction
Branch Head, will report to the Facilities and Site Services
Department Head, supporting the department’s effort to define and
execute its site wide strategic and tactical planning of
infrastructure improvement initiatives. This individual will lead a
diverse multidisciplinary team to plan and deliver a portfolio of
design and construction projects of ranging size and
A proud U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory managed by
Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is
a longstanding leader in the science and innovation behind the
development of fusion energy — a clean, safe, and virtually
limitless energy source. With an eye on the future and in response
to national priorities, PPPL also has begun a strategic shift from
a singular focus on fusion energy to a multi-focus approach that
includes microelectronics, quantum information science, and
sustainability science. Whether it be through science, engineering,
technology or professional services, every team member has an
opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract
and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests,
experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity,
diversity, inclusion and accessibility and believe that each member
of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own
unique way. Come join us!
The Facilities Design and Construction
Branch Head is responsible and accountable for the strategic
planning, coordination, and overall execution of project delivery
for all projects in the portfolio assigned that include
operational, campus planning, and capital infrastructure design and
construction projects. This position will oversee a staff (1-15
people) of direct reports consisting of project managers,
construction managers, and field supervisors, each of whom have
varying career expertise and each of whom are assigned to a variety
of concurrent projects.
Education and Experience:
- Hire, develop, and lead the Facilities Design and Construction
- Steward practical and efficient project management, design, and
construction practices. Provide leadership for Project Management
improvements across PPPL.
- Oversee the operational, campus planning, and capital
infrastructure design and construction projects. Project portfolios
in the excess of $50M and varying project sizes.
- Establishes, updates, and maintains a comprehensive database on
all assigned projects and reports to management on progress and
- Supports the development of infrastructure planning strategies
and ensures integration with the broader laboratory strategic
- Contributes to the development and execution of the PPPL
infrastructure annual plan and long-range strategy.
- Assist in development and maintenance of existing project
management policies and procedures.
- Ensure high quality project documentation is prepared for each
- Supports preparation and development of budgets and financial
- Ensures adherence to scope, budget, and schedule for various
new construction and renovation projects. Projects may involve
complex, multi-phase and multi-year construction, upgrade, and
- Verifies individual project milestones and specific goals;
tracks and objectively evaluates progress toward goals and, when
appropriate, working with the project team, implements appropriate
- Identify and manage project risks.
- Ensure that project activities are conducted in a safe and
environmentally sound manner, and Environmental, Safety and Health
responsibilities and requirements are integrated into all stages of
- Coordinates with administrators, faculty, staff, consultants,
contractors, DOE and governmental agencies in the planning, design,
and execution of uniquely large/ complex construction
- Manage the interface and coordination of requirements with
other projects and activities at PPPL.
- Ensure that required and effective project management and
control systems are developed, deployed and implemented to
successfully manage and assess the project performance.
- Makes effective presentations to groups with disparate levels
of technical knowledge of design and construction.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction
Management, or similar field required.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in project management,
engineering, architecture, or construction disciplines.
- Direct management of construction projects of at least
- Experience in the DOE or federal sector is desirable.
- Experience in managing major capital (out of the ground)
- Experience in managing multiple projects at one time.
Certificates and Licenses:
- Strong foundation in project management and engineering
principles and techniques.
- Strong foundation in principles of contract management.
- Demonstrated ability in cost estimating, tracking, and
scheduling techniques for capital projects with the ability to
develop staff in the same capability areas.
- Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication
- Ability to interact with all levels of Laboratory management
and staff, as well as Princeton University and DOE stakeholders is
- Licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Architect
- Project Management Professional (PMP).
- LEED Accredited Professional.
The physical demands described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Must be able to climb ladders and have the physical dexterity
to climb into tight, awkward, restricted areas and occasionally
- Must be able to look at facilities issues near live electrical
equipment, rotating machinery, and other mechanical systems.
- Must be able to work at a computer workstation for extended
- Must have visual ability, plus hand and finger dexterity to
operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment.
- This position will be a hybrid mix of work int the
office/on-site and work from home. Once hired, a hybrid schedule
will be determined with candidate and management as to what days
will be on-site and what days will be from home.
Princeton University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, national origin, disability status,
protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE
employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign
government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are
required to disclose any participation in a foreign government
talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from
such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.