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National University Relations Specialist

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education: Doctorate Degree
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: February 1, 2023
Reference Code: 19112
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) seeks a University Relations Specialist who can continue to grow, develop and hone meaningful relationships with university researchers.
This is an exciting opportunity for those who are passionate about making connections between university students and faculty with INL researchers that lead to long-term collaborations and relationships. This organization has programmatic responsibility for interns, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral appointments, faculty appointments and academic visitors - all critical elements for building a robust research portfolio. The diverse team members excel at creating a safe and inclusive work environment. This position will help continue to grow, develop and hone meaningful relationships between INL researchers and university staff, faculty and students.
This position has a variety of tasks and allows for creativity, collaboration and building of high impact programs and relationships. You will be a point of connection/liaison between INL and other research institutions to provide new and diverse opportunities for student interns and graduate fellows to expand their knowledge and impact. You are instrumental in ensuring that the student interns and graduate fellows have a meaningful learning experience at INL by being actively involved in their professional development and fostering a sense of community and inclusion while at INL.
Develop and implement critical initiatives related to national and regional universities to support and enhance INL capabilities. Monitor and report lab and university performance against strategic objectives. Build networks at local, regional and national levels and effectively team with others to optimize contribution to INL. Support INL activities to develop meaningful relationships with national and regional universities, including collaborative research and employee pipeline (student interns, graduate fellowships, postdocs and research employees) and faculty engagement.
This position will be working a hybrid schedule out of our Idaho Falls offices with a comprehensive relocation package provided (if applicable). Our team works a 9x80 schedule with every other Friday off and occasional travel.
Responsibilities Include:
This position has a variety of tasks and allows for creativity, collaboration and building of high impact programs and relationships. If you have a desire to administer fairness and foster trust within our organization, and you've got excellent negotiation skills, we'd love to hear from you!
  • Manage all aspects of assigned program including reviewing and interpreting requirements, selecting appropriate partnership model; understand and articulate terms to all relevant parties; advise and provide consultation for all parties and collaborative departments; provide mediation for discussions and remedial actions; and ability to develop solutions for a wide variety of problems ranging from mundane to highly complex.
  • Create and implement professional development seminars and workshops, including leading cohort development activities such as group meetings and individual check-in meetings.
  • The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the identification and creation of program design improvements. Encouraged to develop solutions to problems as they arise. Develop and maintain subject matter expertise and be cognizant of the best industry practice. Develop and implement strategies for the development, management, implementation, and continued improvement of the assigned programs including educational and professional development seminars. Develop and maintain relationships across DOE complex with counterparts. Benchmark programs against industry and DOE complex. Develop and implement competitive advantage for INL programs. Responsible for partnering with colleagues to develop and implement programs, events and educational opportunities for the participants.
  • Represent INL and National University Programs in a professional and collegial manner with key collaborators both within the laboratory and with university personnel.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing meaningful metrics and assessments to ensure that appropriate investments are being made. Responsible for monitoring and providing deliverables as required. Responsible for ensuring programs maintain the highest standards and meet all changing requirements.


  • Master's degree plus 3-6+ years relevant experience OR
  • Doctorate degree plus 2-4+ years relevant experience
Experience highly desired in the following areas:
  • Prior experience working in Higher Education or a Highly Technical organization
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative, team environment.
  • Working with personnel from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Program/project development and management.
  • Experience in developing internal and external communication materials desirable.
  • Experience in mentoring researchers and/or university students in any capacity also desirable.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 190 ($70,680 - $116,616) / 210 ($93,492 - $154,212)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
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INL Mission
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements
To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information
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Benefits, Salary, and Relocation
We have an extremely competitive salary structure and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.