Thursday, September 10, 2015

Biosciences Reorganization Creates Leadership Opportunities

Citing the changing nature of the Department of Energy’s biology mission, concerns about non-DOE funding, and the benefits of a refreshed divisional structure, Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, has announced an extensive reorganization of the Biosciences Area, effective October 1.

Always ready for a challenge, “Our goal is to better align our divisions with current and future research focused on energy and the environment,” Keasling explained. “Business as usual is not an option for us moving forward.”

The centerpiece of the reorganization is a new division structure that will ensure the kind of teamwork and research synergies for which Berkeley Lab is famed. The realignment will further Berkeley Lab’s reputation as the National-Laboratory-system leader in exploring and exploiting biological solutions to the world’s most daunting energy and environmental challenges.

The new Divisions are provisionally named: Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology; Biological Systems & Engineering; and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. The new divisions encompass existing programs and emerging capabilities. As a consequence the current Divisional structure that includes Life Sciences, Genomics and Physical Biosciences will be melded and replaced at the close of the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30.

“The easiest way to think of this is to imagine a matrix: the four areas of research articulated in the Biosciences Strategic Plan [energy, environment, biomanufacturing, health] as applications that cut across the three new Divisions,” Keasling remarked. “The pieces fit together in a way that allows flexibility and strength as we pursue new opportunities to build programs and our funding base at Berkeley Lab."

As a result of this exciting change, we are now conducting an exhaustive search for three new Division Directors to join Berkeley Lab's Sr. Management team.  You may find more information here:

Environmental, Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division Director, Job #81349

Biological Systems & Engineering (BSE) Division Director, Job #81350

Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division Director, Job #81351

If you, or someone you know is a dynamic and acclaimed leader in the Biosciences arena, we want to hear from you!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Berkeley Lab @ National Society Of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) 41st Annual Convention

Picture L to R: Bill Singh, Colette Flood, Steven Wilson
  talk to NSBE attendees about opportunities at the Lab
Berkeley Lab's Workforce Development & Education, Human Resources, and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) attended the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) 41st Annual Convention on March 25-29, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.  Steven Wilson, Shared Components Team Lead (Software Team Lead) at JGI, served as a “science ambassador” and partnered with Bill Singh, Senior Recruiter; Colette Flood, Internship Manager; and Susan Brady Wells, Manager of Workforce Development & Education to represent.  The team discussed internship opportunities, careers, groundbreaking research at Berkeley Lab, and what it’s like to work at a DOE national laboratory.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Berkeley Lab Creates a New ‘Earth and Environmental Sciences Area'

Some LBNL participants in the 2007 Nobel Peace
Prize award to the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, with former Lab Director &
DOE Secretary, Steven Chu 
Berkeley Lab programs in environmental sciences, climate sciences and subsurface energy resources are flourishing. Examples of new and significant efforts include the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment, the Advanced Climate Model for Energy, and advanced fossil energy production projects. Our scientists play intellectual leadership roles in emerging national initiatives related to microbes and their interaction with the environment, as well as in subsurface energy science initiatives.
Due to the importance of these activities to the future of the Nation and the world, we are positioning the laboratory strategically for the future by creating an Earth and Environmental Sciences Area led by a new Associate Laboratory Director (ALD). At first, this Area will steward the Earth Sciences Division, and the new ALD will be charged with developing a new organizational structure that reflects the strategic plan they will create by working closely with the Area’s science community.
“Many aspects of the Nation’s future energy and environmental security are closely tied to the work we do today in subsurface energy science,” said DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr. “We welcome this step Berkeley Lab is taking to continue to contribute significantly to DOE’s mission-driven fundamental research and applied technology development.”
Don DePaolo, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences will serve as the acting ALD for this Area during a search. The position has been posted here and a global search is actively underway.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Berkeley Lab Recognizes Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women. This year the Lab profiled Elizabeth Bautista of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Maram Kassis of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), and Mary Sidney of Energy Technologies Area (ETA).  

Visit their profiles HERE

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Reorganization of Energy Technologies Creates New Division Director Opportunity

Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos announced the formation of four Divisions in the Energy Technologies (ET) area. The Area is designed to take advantage of opportunities to address scientific and technological problems of climate change and sustainable energy development, and to align more closely with the Department of Energy’s research thrusts. It is also intended to accelerate the deployment of new technologies into the marketplace, and encourage entrepreneurship.

Associate Lab Director (ALD) for the Energy Technologies area, Ramamoorthy Ramesh said that the research in the now former Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) is strong in the areas of applied science and engineering, technology, finance and policy—areas which are all central to developing and deploying solutions to the great energy and environmental changes facing society. He intends to move ET research forcefully towards the deployment of solutions that address these challenges.

With any change, new opportunities are created. We are currently conducting an international search for an Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division Director. This new division will perform research and develop technologies and strategies that enable a shift toward carbon-free transportation and the penetration of renewables on the electric grid.  

The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division Director will be a key member of Berkeley Lab’s scientific leadership. Provide strategic leadership of the Division’s research programs with $25 million in annual funding and 108 employees. Ensure the quality of the research in the division, enhancing existing research programs and developing new programs. Collaborate and coordinate with the leadership of ETA research divisions. Establish and sustain other partnerships within the Lab, with academia with the broader ecosystem that includes industry partners, other national laboratories, and state and federal agencies. Act as spokesperson for the Division in interactions with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies. Working within the Energy Technologies Area leadership framework, have accountability for Division budgets, funding, workforce planning, human resources management, environmental health and safety, property and facilities management. Work as a member of Laboratory senior management to ensure smooth operations and long-term prospects of the Division and Laboratory as a whole.

For more information, or to apply - CLICK HERE.  
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