Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) seeks an outstanding Science Deputy to support the Biosciences Area (BSA). Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Biosciences Area, the Science Deputy is responsible for the planning and execution of short and long-term leadership strategy in concert with the overall Laboratory mission. The Science Deputy will participate as a key member of the ALD's leadership team working directly with the ALD, other senior management, and other scientific and operations staff. Additionally, the Science Deputy will serve as the chief spokesperson on behalf of the ALD on BSA's scientific resources, vision, and planning.
Berkeley Lab's Biosciences Area is a leader in the advancement of biological science relevant to national-scale challenges in energy, environment, health, biomanufacturing, and technology development. Enabled by Berkeley Lab's world-class user facilities and complementary research programs, our scientists and engineers contribute groundbreaking discoveries and innovative solutions using biology to solve energy and environmental challenges.
The Biosciences Area is one of six science Areas at Berkeley Lab has a staff of over 1,300, with an annual research budget of approximately $200 million, and is composed of three Divisions and one User Facility: Biological Systems and Engineering (BE), Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB), Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB), and the DOE Office of Science National User Facility Joint Genome Institute ( (JGI). Learn more about the Area here.
Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory managed by the University of California (UC) and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a close relationship with UC Berkeley, as well as robust partnerships with other academic institutions and industries, including those in Silicon Valley. The Laboratory conducts world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet, and solution-inspired discovery science.
Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship, which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) to build highly effective teams that produce world-class science and technology and where all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can thrive.
- Advise and assist the Biosciences' division and User Facility directors in setting scientific and institutional strategies at Berkeley Lab, DOE Office of Science/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and California state levels.
- Serve as the chief scientific spokesperson on behalf of the ALD when needed.
- Establish strong working relationships with program managers in federal and state agencies to help advance mission needs for all three divisions and the DOE User Facility.
- Perform short and long-term strategic planning for the mission, execution of the Biosciences strategic plan, and project management.
- Lead and manage the Biosciences Strategic Programs Development Group (SPDG) to execute and track the Biosciences Strategic Plan-related activities.
- Support and lead sub-activities in support of realizing the Biocampus vision, primarily for a proposed third building (BioGEM) that would house LBNL biomanufacturing research programs.
- Ph.D. (or equivalent knowledge/training) in Basic Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomanufacturing, Ecology, Sustainability, Computer Science, or a related field and demonstrated experience as a Scientist or Scientific Manager or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated experience working with researchers to successfully develop and fund research programs.
- Experience managing strategic planning and program development for team science-based concepts.
- Experience managing direct reports, including managing without authority.
- Experience with financial and budget oversight and development.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with senior-level management within the Lab, UC, DOE, and other external organizations.
- Demonstrated leadership in topics related to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA).
- Excellent oral and written communication skills including proven leadership ability, the ability to build consensus, manage through to execution, and communicate with a broad group of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills including experience working effectively with multidisciplinary teams (e.g., scientists, engineers, operations staff, and management) both internal and external to the organization.
- Substantial experience managing and developing a scientific research program/project.
- Knowledge of LBNL, UC, and DOE policies, procedures, and BSA Research programs.
- Demonstrated experience working with government stakeholders including DOE program managers at the headquarters level.
- For first consideration, please submit your Resume and Cover Letter by May 12, 2023.
- In the cover letter, please highlight (i) your interest and vision for the position, (ii) relevant research and organizational leadership experience, and (iii) relevant accomplishments, including personal contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
- This position is expected to pay $216,060 to $270,000, which fits within the full salary range of $216,000 to $364,596 for the Area Deputy of Science job classification. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the full range for a position. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate's qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, and certifications, as well as aligned with the internal leadership peer group.
- This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
- The Biosciences Area Science Deputy is an at-will position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Associate Laboratory Director.
- Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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