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  • Challenges andsolutions ofresearch operationsat ORNLPresented toACS Division of ChemicalHealth and SafetyJoseph Pickel, Ph.DMarch 27, 2012
  • The Challenge• Start a sustainable discussion on research operations using only a bad title as a starting point.• Deliver at least some useful information that others can take home and translate to their own programs – Not everyone works in a national lab, foreign country or high energy materials business2 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Why talk about Research Operations?• A Director of Research Operations and Research Operations Initiatives/Research Support Staffer got to talking… – What does Research Operations mean to you? – What is your philosophy to research operations (where do researchers‟ responsibilities end and support responsibilities start?)• Questions from students (IH, HP, Chem, etc) – What is it that you do? – How did you come to be in this field? What is the training?• What resources and organizations are out there that support research operations and those in this field? What Lessons can we learn from each other?3 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Resources are subject selectiveSupport extends beyond chemistry - (Chemistry increasingly interdiscplinary!)CokeZero: “great taste and zero calories”™; Nissan: “Shift ______”™• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Research Operations• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Waste Management• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Human Performance• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Risk Management• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Compliance• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Facility Management• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Training• Division of Chemical Health and Safety and … Is this the right forum?4 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • How to Prepare those who supportResearch• Staffing generally feeds from – Industrial Hygiene / Public Health – Health Physics – Research Converts• Sustained by OJT/Development• Significant part of job based on specific – Mission – Location – Operational Philosophy Is there a better way?5 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Approaches to Research and Operationswill depend on OrganizationGoals/MissionInstitution Academia Government IndustryPurpose Education Discovery ProductionBreadth Diverse “Themed” FocusedHazards (#) Broad Broad Limited (scale) Small Small LargeRegulatory Mild Rigid Very RigidPersonnel Resident, Perm., Visiting, Perm., Trainees Trainees, Professional Professional What happens when these groups mix?6 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory:Science and technology for the 21st century $1.1B budget World’s most powerful Nation’s most diverse 4,200 employees open scientific energy portfolio computing facility Bringing the $1.4B 3,000 research guests annually Nation’s largest Spallation Neutron concentration Source into operation $300 million invested of open source materials in modernization Managing the billion-7 Managed by UT-Battelle research dollar U.S. ITER project for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Challenge to Research Operations- Support diverse research programs that extend beyond organizational, physical and operational boundaries- Strengths and Opportunities can easily become Threats and Weaknesses: - Collaborative research programs that can work with anyone, anywhere, anytime - Flexible and nimble research programs that „turn on a dime‟ - Problem solving mentality thinking out of the box8 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Research Operations• Delivering science is in the mission statement• All operations directly support research9 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Solutions to Research OperationsChallenges• Define the operations philosophy – Purpose, – Level of service, – Distribution of responsibilities• Develop a team and roles based on the problem – Operational support organizations become as flexible and collaborative as the research programs they support• Chart a plan to address individual focus areas – Get it Done is LTA!10 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Research Operations Purpose and Philosophy• Manage and support the research infrastructure• Science is a our business‟ “Product” – Delivered as Patents, Publications, Tech Transfer and User Hours.• Research is Expensive: – Research Operations/Support should do what is necessary to allow researchers to be in the lab; focus on their scienceIn order to do a good job support science… Support personnel must make an effort to understand what they are supporting11 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Defining Responsibilities *Responsibilities for safety, performance, fiscal and ethical behavior belong to individuals… Support facilitates performance Science Operations - Develop idea, proposal ($) - Develop safety envelope - Assemble team and tools - Monitor and maintain working conditions - Conduct research - Facilitate assurance activities - Communicate results - Solve problems, resolve issues - Knowledge of current Requirements/Drivers - Formal Responsibility - Day to Day ActivitiesAwareness of scientific mission allows research to progress efficiently! 12 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Defining Responsibilities*Responsibilities for safety, performance, fiscal and ethicalbehavior belong to individuals… Support facilitatesperformanceResearch Support Independent of Performed with Performed with Independent of Support limited Support limited research Research involvement involvement Project Materials Waste Conduct Management Procurement Disposition Exposure AssessmentsAbility to separate roles depends on resources/cost models, efficiency, other drivers13 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Develop the Team See Kim’s talk! - Provide Expertise at all levels - Consider your depth chart! Organization Support Local Support (Subject Matter Experts) (“Jack of all trades”) - Serve broad populations - Serve individual facilities and groups - Define/Implement Org Policy - Tune/ Apply Policies at lab level - Awareness of changing developments, regulations and - Awareness of Research best practices on subject (looks Programs (looking inward) outward)14 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
  • Get it Done- in an organized,thoughtful mannerKeep research going Improving operations(Treading water) (Soaring to new heights)• Procuring, accepting and Implementing RFID technology controlling new inventory for advance controls• Maintaining compliance with Apply techniques to improve regulatory (Fire Protection) and compliance while avoiding impact security (nuclear materials, drug on research precursors) directives Development of cost efficient and• Timely and compliant removal of uniform waste paths waste15 Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy Presentation_name
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