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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