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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Bachelors Degree


As the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, you will have Laboratory wide responsibility for providing leadership and strategic vision for Berkeley Labs Energy Sciences Area. The Associate Laboratory Director Is a key member of the Laboratorys senior leadership team providing strategic advice, counsel, and insight to our Laboratory Director and Deputy Director on the formulation and execution of the Laboratorys strategic direction and goals. Reporting to our Laboratory Director, you will oversee and collaborate with Division Directors of The Advanced Light Source, Chemical Sciences, Materials Sciences, and the Molecular Foundry to ensure the attainment of the Laboratorys multidisciplinary long-term and short-term scientific and operational goals. In particular, you will develop and drive the strategy to enhance synergy among the the Energy Sciences Areas divisions and user facilities, and will support integrated teams between the scientific areas at Berkeley Lab.

As a persuasive communicator, you will act as a liaison to external agencies and other national laboratories, promote partnerships with academia and industry, and guide the development of externally sponsored basic research projects and programs consistent with the Laboratorys overall vision and strategy. You will collaborate with the senior science leaders in the Laboratory to evaluate science and human capabilities, devise strategies to sustain and evolve those capabilities, and identify future mission requirements. You will oversee Energy Sciences strategic planning, budgets, funding, workforce planning, Human Resources, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), property, and facilities management, while ensuring the integrity and ethical conduct of all operational activities and research protocols of Energy Sciences staff.

About Energy Sciences
Researchers under the administrative umbrella of the Energy Sciences Area work in an environment that promotes integrated fundamental research and provides unique tools to achieve transformational breakthroughs in energy science. In keeping with the team science concept that is the hallmark of Berkeley Lab, this research is carried out across multiple scientific disciplines using the most advanced tools and instrumentation available. The Energy Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab is comprised of four divisions that receive the bulk of Berkeley Labs funding (~$175M) from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). BES is the largest office within the Department of Energys Office of Science. The ALD directly oversees the Energy Sciences Area Office Staff, as well as the Areas Division Directors.
As Associate Laboratory Director, you will:
Drive strategic planning initiatives in a joint portfolio of multidisciplinary proposals addressing the strategic priorities of the Energy Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab, which encompasses chemical and materials sciences basic research, as well as two Office of Science User Facilities, the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry. You will develop the strategic plan and new science directions and associated funding channels with federal agencies and other funding sources for science and operational support. In collaborations with Division Directors, you will periodically review organizational structure and programs to ensure they support the short and long-term strategic objectives. Additionally, in close collaboration with Area Division and Facility leaders, you will develop a long-term research vision for the Area along with a plan to execute the vision, including growing the capabilities of the scientific infrastructure, as well as the recruitment and development of an outstanding and diverse workforce

Actively ensure that the Energy Sciences Areas scientific programs and research initiatives correspond with the Laboratorys overall mission. Your vision will include the integration of scientific programs across the Area and you will be responsible for science performance management evaluation plans. As the chief spokesperson for the Energy Sciences Area to the Department of Energy and academic, external agencies, and internal groups, you will designs, articulate and develop long-term and short-term scientific/technical project and program goals. Managing your own team of division directors who are responsible for programmatic activities within their respective divisions, you will lead and build consensus with other Associate Laboratory Directors to develop Laboratory policies and guidelines.

Ensure the Energy Sciences Area programmatic and project operations are cost effective, efficient and optimized within constraints of the Areas budget. Managing operations, you will ensure line managers understand and execute their financial, human resources, safety, and security responsibilities effectively. In collaboration with the division directors, you will develop short-term and long-term financial strategies to ensure proper funding levels and evaluate new funding sources, and oversee the preparation and development of the annual Energy Sciences Area budget plan. You will ensure adherence to appropriate financial, procurement, budget, property, and accounting policies, procedures, and protocols, while ensuring managers fulfill their respective responsibilities for financial management. As leader of the Energy Sciences Area, you will use your influence to oversee the recruitment and retention of national and international talent utilizing suitable search criteria and applying equal employment opportunity principles for a diverse applicant pool and employee workforce. Leading by example, you will proactively promote principles of diversity and ensure compliance with EEO/AA requirements and best practices.

Effectively communicates relevant information to key stakeholders both internal and external to the Laboratory, and develop and maintain strong professional connections with senior DOE officials, including, the leaders of the Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and relevant DOE Technology Offices. You will also lead communications strategies across the Area on multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives.

Essential Requirements:


Advanced degree relevant to fundamental energy sciences research and an internationally recognized record of research accomplishments in that field and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Recognized as a respected expert and leader in respective scientific, engineering, technical, or operational field. As applicable, well regarded by peers at national laboratories, within the DOE complex, in the UC system, and/or other relevant national and international organizations.

Must be published as appropriate and/or recognized by awards and honors.

Substantial knowledge of specific regulatory requirements (DOE, UC, National Labs, Office of Science).

Proven experience translating technical opportunities as well as adapting and creating best practices.


Experience leading and managing a multi-disciplined operational, scientific and/or engineering research program.

Experience in developing a strategic plan, making high-level strategic decisions and representing a multi-disciplined operational or scientific program to both internal and external management.

Experience managing administrative activities for an organization including fiscal responsibilities, Human Resources, property management, EH&S, and facilities management.


Must be a proven manager with extensive understanding of the issues and challenges of running a large organization.

Demonstrated experience in effective people, project, and budget management administrative oversight, creativity in decision making and problem solving, experience in human resource management, and a commitment to mentoring and career development.

Notes: The Associate Laboratory Director is a career