Joint PDG and Research Staff Scientist Positions

Joint PDG/Research Staff Scientist Positions

Scientists who work on the PDG are partly supported by PDG funds and partly by funds from the group in which they carry out research. This results in a few added considerations for hire and promotion relative to scientists working full time on research.

PDG staff will be hired according to the LBNL policy for Professional Research Staff, as given in the LBNL Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM, §2.07 ), and following the Physics Division Hiring Guidelines for Career and Career-track positions.

An international search will be conducted by a committee consisting of Division staff and/or faculty, including at least one current member of the PDG. The position will be advertised as 50/50 PDG and research. The successful candidate will select a PD research area once they arrive, in consultation with the respective group and contingent upon availability of funds in that group. If the research group that the candidate would join is known during the recruitment process, the group in question must be consulted before an offer is made.

In most cases, the hire will be as a career-track staff scientist, which is a term position with a maximum length of five years. As stipulated in the RPM, a career-track staff scientist will be considered for promotion to career within five years and will receive a written midterm review of performance and prospects for promotion no later than the end of three years from the initial hire. The RPM Procedures for Midterm and Promotional Review describes the required documentation and steps. As stated in these Procedures, the timeline can be adjusted if an earlier promotion is contemplated. If done within a year of the initial hire, the letters of recommendation from the hire can be reused and applied towards the laboratory requirement of five total (four external) letters for promotion to career staff scientist. If the performance in the PDG work merits promotion, then the research group performance is evaluated. Promotion requires recommendations from both the PDG and the research group.

In some cases, such as if the selected candidate already has a tenured position, or if he/she cannot be hired into a term position for other reasons, a direct appointment to career staff scientist or senior scientist may be made.

For PDG promotions to senior scientist, both research and PDG activities should be considered when evaluating a scientist’s achievements. The evaluation should take the 50/50 split between research and PDG duties into account.

(Revised December 2013)