Search for the Director of the 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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Search Committee

Name Title
Julia Thom-Levy (chair) Vice Provost for Academic Innovation; Professor, Physics
Rick Cerione Goldwin Smith Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Melissa Hines Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Katie Jacoby Executive Director of Administration at CLASSE
Matt Miller Willis H. Carrier Professor in Engineering
Michael Niemack Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Matthias Liepe Professor, Physics
Peter Wittich Professor and Director, Laboratory of Elementary Particle Physics