Senior Economic Development Researcher

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7116894 (Ref:414500)

Posted: November 29, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Decision and Infrastructure Science (DIS) Division researches, designs, and delivers scientific tools and methodologies to inform decision-making regarding the most challenging security, risk, and resilience problems. DIS experts have developed methods to understand dependencies and interdependencies, build resilient infrastructure, and respond to emergencies. DIS recently established a new, cross-disciplinary National Economic Research and Resilience Center (NERRC), which provides innovative and transparent economic data access, research, and analysis to support and strengthen economic development and resilience in communities across the nation.

DIS is seeking an experienced economic development researcher or practitioner who will serve as NERRC’s principal economic development subject matter expert.

As a multidisciplinary national laboratory, Argonne offers an exciting atmosphere in which to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, enabling complex technical problems to be explored through the integrated application of natural, social, and computer science practices.

In this position, you will:

  • Lead multi-disciplinary research projects related to economic development, resilience, innovation, entrepreneurship, and other related topics.

  • Provide senior federal economic development leaders with expert advice and subject matter expertise.

  • As needed, provide economic development subject matter expertise for NERRC and DIS disaster recovery and resilience projects.

  • Manage NERRC’s economic resilience applied research network, including developing and publishing regular research reports, facilitating webinars, and hosting other partnership events.

  • Build and strengthen partnerships with federal agencies, non-profits, academia, and other private sector organizations, including leading collaborative research and development initiatives.

  • Coordinate NERRC’s annual conference, including but not limited to facilitating and coordinating the development of the agenda, recruiting speakers, and coordinating logistics with Argonne’s events team.

Position Requirements

To be considered you must have:

  • 10+ years of experience in economic development, public policy, social science research, and/or program management, with increasing leadership responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial economic development programs, policies, and best practices.

  • Superior subject matter expertise related to economic development, economic resilience, entrepreneurship, innovation, workforce development, or other related topics.

  • Excellent leadership and people skills, including experience managing large and diverse teams.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. This includes the ability to clearly articulate complex information in a way that is accessible to broad audiences, as well as the capability to interact with team members and sponsors on all aspects of sponsored research activities.

  • Experience with project financial management.

  • A master’s degree in urban and regional planning, economics, public policy/administration, operations research, or other related field is preferred.

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

  • All candidates must pass a general background check and drug screening for employment and may be required to obtain a “L” clearance.

RD3:  Bachelor's & 8+ yrs, Master's & 5+ yrs or Doctorate & 4+ yrs

RD4:  Bachelor's & 12+ yrs, Master's & 7+ yrs or Doctorate & 6+ yrs

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Social Science/Law 3

Worker Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.  

All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis.  Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements.  Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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