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Dr. Jens Dilling to become Director of Institutional Strategic Planning at ORNL

02 July 2021

After 20 years of service to TRIUMF, including nearly six years as the Associate Lab Director (ALD) - Physical Sciences Division, Jens Dilling will be departing the laboratory on July 31, 2021 to take on a new challenge as the Director of Institutional Strategic Planning at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

In his new role, Jens will guide the development of laboratory strategies, strategic investments, and annual planning, as well as manage the laboratory’s discretionary investment portfolio. As the US Department of Energy’s largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is engaged in a wide range of activities related to addressing energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

With Jens’ departure, Petr Navratil, Deputy ALD for Physical Sciences Division, will step in to serve as Interim ALD beginning on August 1, 2021. Further details about recruitment for the vacant ALD position will be made in the weeks to come.

“TRIUMF is a fantastic organisation, and I truly appreciate the science opportunities that Canada and TRIUMF have given me over the years, allowing me to pursue some of the most challenging experiments in nuclear physics,” said Dr. Dilling.

Speaking about his appreciation of the culture at TRIUMF, Dr. Dilling remarked, “all of my success was only possible with the TRIUMF family: the great interactions and get-done attitude of the researchers, engineers, technical and administrative staff. Moreover, I very much enjoyed my time as the ALD and working with the great people here, exploiting current science opportunities and planning together with the TRIUMF partners for the future. As both a student and staff member, I have been part of the TRIUMF family for more than 25 years, and over that time I have seen great transformation and developments, and we continue to punch way above our weight due to our people.”

“Jens has been an invaluable member of our community, making indelible impacts that have helped position TRIUMF for an exciting and dynamic future,” said TRIUMF Director and CEO, Dr. Nigel Smith in his announcement of Dr. Dilling’s departure. “I wish Jens all the best as he embarks on a new adventure with this leadership role in the United States.”

Although taking on a new role outside of Canada, Dr. Dilling notes, “I very much hope to stay connected to TRIUMF and I look forward to many fruitful interactions and opportunities for collaboration.”


Today's announcement was also shared in a press release from Oak Ridge National Lab.