Project Manager

New Jersey, United States
26 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   PPPL Project Management
Category   Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.

PPPL invites applications for the position of Project Manager for a variety of Construction and Science Projects in support of the Lab Mission.


  1. In conjunction with the Project Director (if applicable), collaborates with PPPL and customer stakeholders to define project objectives, requirements and key performance parameters.
  2. Safely achieves project requirements on time and on budget including DOE Notable Outcomes, milestones, performance and technical requirements, and key performance parameters.
  3. Identifies PPPL staff and other resource and service requirements and takes action to secure their timely acquisition/procurement in concert with project needs.
  4. Engages PPPL stakeholders and subject matter experts to identify hazards, potential environmental impacts and coordinates the development of plans and controls for their mitigation throughout the project life cycle.
  5. Communicates project requirements to members of the project team and holds the team accountable for performance.
  6. Provides project direction, oversight and feedback to assigned project staff.
  7. Oversees and manages all aspects of project execution including safety, risk, scope, cost and schedule and change control.
  8. Identifies project issues and adverse trends and implements timely and effective recovery plan(s), when needed.
  9. Issues timely and accurate project reports and communicates project performance to PPPL and DOE stakeholders.
  10. Oversees and manages project closeout including turnover to end user/operations and disposition of documents and records.
  11. Conducts critiques and documents lessons learned that can be applied to future PPPL projects.


Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent (Major Engineering, Architecture, or Project Management) required
  • 10 years of relevant past experience managing complex construction projects.
  • Advanced Degree in related field preferred
  • Past experience at DOE labs and/or managing DOE 413.3b projects preferred
  • Past experience as an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Control Account Manager is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Required: 
    • Strong leadership and supervisory skills.
    • Demonstrated team building skills, including the ability to work effectively with peers, other organizations, project sponsors and stakeholders and suppliers.
    • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to conduct risk analysis and to make timely, risk informed decisions.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage a broad range of work activities and technical disciplines involving a diverse spectrum of professional and non-professional personnel.
    • Superior communication and presentation skills to provide adequate levels of transparency to all members of the project team and stakeholders.
    • Excellent Computer skills (PC/Mac)
      • Proficient knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite including: Word, Powerpoint, Excel using advanced excel functions.
      • Proficient with the Google Suite including: Google Slides, Google Docs/Google Sheets.
      • Experience with Primavera scheduling software, or equivalent.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of work breakdown structure (WBS), sequencing, resource loading and other cost/schedule control.
    • Ability to adapt to external project impacts.
  • Preferred: 
    • Experience with DOE project management system requirements and practices.

Certificates and Licenses: 

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification desired.
  • Professional Engineer Certification or Architectural Licensure desired.
  • LEED Accredited Professional desired.

Working Conditions: 

  • Work is primarily remote during Pandemic conditions, but will transition to full time on-site (both office and in the field) as health conditions improve.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.