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Argonne National Laboratory Entrepreneurial Program Lead, Chain Reaction Innovations in Lemont, Illinois

Entrepreneurial Program Lead, Chain Reaction Innovations

Requisition Number: 408711 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: General Business Management Division: STP-Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): PT3 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year fellowship program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP), focused on supporting the next generation of energy entrepreneurs working to develop their energy innovations for high-impact applications.

The Entrepreneurial Program Lead plays a key role in the success of CRI, working directly with the innovators and scientists at Argonne on a day-to-day basis to help them develop and execute technical work at Argonne. The Entrepreneurial Program Lead is also responsible for connecting CRI innovators with the extensive resources within the Chicago and regional innovation ecosystem, and also developing, and implementing CRI’s extensive programming focused on helping CRI’s innovators develop necessary business & manufacturing acumen needed to build successful businesses to move their technologies towards into the market. The position also requires working with mentors and institutions in the regional innovation ecosystem, in particular with programs similar to CRI focused on entrepreneurship and startups. The position reports to CRI’s Director, and involves working with a small team that shares a common passion to identify and support the next generation of energy entrepreneurs working to create new businesses that power the US economy.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop productive collaborations with sponsors, senior management, other academic/scientific organizations, and the private sector.

• Understanding of the innovation system and challenges that startups face.

• Familiarity with the basic elements of programming commonly found in startup incubators & accelerators.

• Knowledge of research areas in the Argonne portfolio.

• Ability in identifying, cultivating and forming relationships, within Argonne and external to Argonne.

• Ability to appropriately communicate sensitive information and to judge how and with whom this information should be shared.

• Ability and willingness to share credit for successes and encourage the integration of others’ ideas and proposals.

• Knowledge of the structure and function of the US national laboratories and the Department of Energy.

• Knowledge of the process for planning and performing research, and the administration of complex scientific programs.

• Skill in the analysis and assessment of technical issues, programs, and policies, and the written and oral communication of ideas, concepts, technical results and aspirations.

• Familiarity with responding to calls for proposals like SBIRs and other solicitations that support small businesses.

Experience with (preferred in one of the following areas):

• Development of energy technologies and maturing them towards commercial applications

• Energy-related manufacturing science & engineering.

• Industry, understanding how market needs drive product innovation in an industrial setting

• Startups, as either a member of the founding team or as an early employee.

• University-based incubators and similar innovation centers & hubs in the Chicago region and/or nationally.

• Academic, government, and industrial partners or potential partners as their missions and work relates to Argonne technology research strengths.

• Interacting with private industry and/or federal sponsors in the basic and applied science space.

Preferred:

• Master’s degree in the physical sciences, material sciences or related field with a minimum of 3+ years of experience in R&D, preferable in either the public, private and/or startup sector.

• Familiarity with the investment community in the Chicago region and nationally.

• Ability to expand and develop further a robust network of mentors & advisors for energy-related startups.

• Familiarity with the specific challenges faced by energy startups in the context of raising funds from private sources to drive both business

development and technical development for both commercial success and a successful exit for investors.

To perform the essential functions of this position, successful applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship, which is required to comply with federal regulations and contracts. Illegal drug testing as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 and a background investigation will be required prior to employment.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PT3or PT4) dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills brought to the position, as well as the amount of relevant experience. The requirements of the various levels are as follows:

PT3 - Bachelor’s and 4+ years, some occupations may require graduate degree and 2+ years

PT4 - Bachelor’s and 6+ years, some occupations may require graduate degree and 4+ years

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