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Associate Laboratory Director for Earth and Environmental Sciences Area

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California, US
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Aug 12, 2022

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Associate Laboratory Director for Earth and Environmental Sciences Area
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Associate Laboratory Director for our Earth & Environmental Sciences Area , a world leader in climate, environmental and energy geosciences. Reporting to the Laboratory Director, the Associate Laboratory Director is accountable for strategic planning, people and operations leadership, research quality and integrity, and communication for the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area. The Associate Laboratory Director is also responsible for advancing Berkeley Lab's stewardship values of team science, innovation, trust, respect, and service, including building and maintaining a culture that is committed to the ideals of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability.

The Associate Laboratory Director will lead the development of strategies for harnessing Berkeley Lab's innovative, multidisciplinary capabilities to contribute to solving the most pressing energy and environmental challenges of our time. Our next director will have the opportunity to build on the Area's strategic research path set in 2017, and develop new scientific directions and solutions to optimize and sustain the environment, while satisfying growing needs for energy and water resources that will have great impact nationally and globally. The director interacts with external sponsors and other national laboratories, promotes partnerships with academia and industry, and guides the development of externally sponsored research projects and programs consistent with the Laboratory's overall vision and strategy. They also share responsibility for maintaining productive relationships with the Department of Energy (DOE) offices that support Earth science research, notably the Office of Basic Energy Science, Biological and Environmental Research, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Nuclear Energy.

As a key member of the Laboratory's Senior Leadership Team, this position works closely with the Laboratory Director and Deputy Laboratory Directors to formulate and execute Berkeley Lab's strategic priorities and initiatives. Together with the other Associate Laboratory Directors, they will actively participate in institutional research and management initiatives, developing cross-Area research proposals and shepherding these efforts through their life cycle. The Associate Laboratory Director will work with their management teams and Operations staff to develop and execute priorities for facility operations and planning. Lastly, while Associate Lab Directors have often continued active research programs at Berkeley Lab, this is not required of the successful candidate.

About Berkeley Lab and the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area:
When it was founded over 90 years ago in 1931, Berkeley Lab ushered in a new way of doing science based on building large teams of researchers from different fields, along with engineers, mathematicians, machinists, and accountants, to tackle significant scientific challenges together. This approach has led to Berkeley Lab researchers winning 14 Nobel Prizes and a research portfolio that includes significant and often world-leading programs in physics, chemistry, materials sciences, advanced computing, scientific networking, biosciences, energy and energy technologies, and environmental sciences. "Team Science" remains an integral part of Berkeley Lab's DNA, where research is carried out across multiple scientific disciplines.

The Earth & Environmental Sciences Area is a premier Earth sciences research organization where scientists are tackling some of the most pressing environmental and energy challenges of the 21st Century to enable sustainable stewardship and judicious use of the Earth's resources. The Area's 500 employees are distributed across the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences and the Energy Geosciences Divisions. The Area's world-class research programs in climate and environmental sciences, as well as for subsurface energy resource strategies (including fossil, geothermal, carbon sequestration and nuclear waste storage) are supported by DOE's Offices of Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fossil Energy; and Nuclear Energy. Our scientists are using collaborative teamwork to discover the scientific underpinnings important for sustaining healthy soil and clean water, sequestering atmospheric carbon, using subsurface resources responsibly, and developing strategies for resilience in a changing world. These advances are changing our predictive understanding of interactions and feedbacks across Earth's compartments, from atmosphere to ecosystems to deep subsurface. Learn more about the Area here .

Berkeley Lab has a dynamic workforce of over 4,000 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $1.1 billion. The University of California (UC) manages Berkeley Lab for DOE's Office of Science.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Guide the long-term strategic vision, expanding upon the existing strategic plan for the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area; this includes new and continuing research funding, workforce development, scientific program goals, operational support and scientific infrastructure needs.
  • Lead by example to proactively promote principles of stewardship, inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. Contribute as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team to the formulation and execution of Berkeley Lab's strategic priorities and initiatives.
  • Ensure that the Area's scientific programs and research initiatives correspond with the Laboratory's overall mission.
    • Integrate scientific programs across Earth & Environmental Sciences and ensure the Area meets performance expectations set by DOE.
    • In collaboration with the Division Directors, develop short- and long-term financial strategies to ensure proper funding levels and evaluate new funding sources and oversee the preparation and development of the annual Earth & Environmental Sciences Area budget plan.
  • Oversee Area management teams to ensure accountability for operational requirements and priorities, including health and safety, facilities, financial, and human resources management. Ensure Area programmatic and project operations are cost effective, efficient and optimized within constraints of the Earth & Environmental Sciences budget.
  • Act as chief spokesperson for the Area to the University of California, DOE, other external agencies, and internal groups. Develop and maintain strong professional connections with relevant senior DOE officials.
  • Identify critical research and strategic collaborations with other Berkeley Lab scientific disciplines, fellow national laboratories, academic institutions, private-sector entities, and California state agencies.
  • Manage Division Directors responsible for programmatic activities within their respective division; make key decisions regarding the hiring and career development of senior staff, including compensation, evaluation and organizational structure.
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of national and international talent to ensure a diverse applicant pool and employee workforce. Promote science education and work to build a pipeline of next generation researchers through outreach and education programs with other national laboratories and learning institutions.
  • Help develop communications strategies across the Area on multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives. Effectively communicate relevant information to key internal and external stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree relevant to fundamental Earth and Environmental Sciences research and minimum of 15 years of professional experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Internationally recognized record of leadership and research accomplishments in a relevant field.
  • Successful track record as a visionary and collaborative leader, managing a multi-disciplined operational, scientific research program, with extensive understanding of the operations and challenges of running a large, complex organization.
  • Experience developing and implementing a strategic vision and plan, making high-level strategic decisions, gaining consensus toward unified goals.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, including ability to establish relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and effectively navigate complex organizations.
  • Proven ability to effectively and skillfully communicate with individuals as well as small to large teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective people, project, and budget management and operational oversight, including with diversity, equity and inclusion programs/culture, fiscal responsibilities, human resources, EH&S, and property and facilities management.
  • Significant knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements desired (e.g., DOE, DOE Office of Science, University of California, national laboratories).

  • For full consideration, please submit your CV and cover letter by May 15, 2022 .
  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • 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 Earth and Environmental Sciences ALD position is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
  • This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit for more information.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory provides accommodation to otherwise qualified internal and external applicants who are disabled or become disabled and need assistance with the application process. Internal and external applicants that need such assistance may contact the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to request accommodation by telephone at 510-486-7635, by email to or by U.S. mail at EEO/AA Office, One Cyclotron Road, MS90R-2121, Berkeley, CA 94720. These methods of contact have been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants requesting accommodation.
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