Biological and Environmental Research Associate Director, DOE Office of Science

US Department of Energy
Germantown, Maryland
$178,063 - $203,700 per year
Closing date
Aug 24, 2022



The Office of Science is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding in this area. It oversees and is the principal federal funding agency of the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, fusion energy sciences, materials and chemical sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computing sciences.

The mission of the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program is to support transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, Earth, and environmental systems for clean energy and climate innovation. This fundamental research, conducted at universities, DOE national laboratories, and research institutions across the country, explores organisms and ecosystems that can influence the U.S. energy system and advances understanding of the relationships between energy and environment from local to global scales, including a focus on climate change modeling. The research contributes to a future of stable, reliable, and resilient energy sources and infrastructures that will contribute to evidence-based climate solutions with a focus on environmental justice. Research within BER can be categorized into biological systems and Earth and environmental systems. Biological systems research seeks to characterize and predictively understand microbial and plant systems using genomic science, computational analyses, and experimental approaches. This foundational knowledge underpins the ability to leverage natural processes for clean energy production, including the sustainable development of biofuels and other bioproducts, as well as natural carbon sequestration capabilities. Earth and environmental systems research seek to characterize and understand the feedback between Earth and energy systems, including studies on atmospheric physics and chemistry, ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and development and validation of Earth system models extending from local to global scales. These models integrate information on the biosphere, atmosphere, terrestrial land masses, oceans, sea ice, subsurface, and human components. To promote world-class research in these areas, BER supports user facilities that enable observation and measurement of atmospheric, biological, and biogeochemical processes using the latest technologies.  



As the Associate Director, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, you will:


  • Serve as an international expert in the areas of research and the scientific user facilities supported by the Office's program. Formulate program goals, strategic directions, priorities, and plans for the Office, factoring in advice provided by the scientific advisory committee, as appropriate. Develop the budget requirements for activities at national laboratories, universities, and other research institutions. Assist the head of the organization in formulating budget requests and defending budget requests through DOE, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Congressional committees. Formulate, direct, implement, administer, evaluate, and defend programs and policies necessary for the efficient implementation of a complex, comprehensive program in the biological and environmental sciences research. Prepare complex reports, papers, and policies on subjects covering areas of research and the scientific user facilities to be used by a variety of individuals and groups. Provide advice to the head of the organization regarding issues that affect the capabilities, institutional health, and well-being of the DOE laboratories. Integrate the efforts of the program elements, particularly the elements that support research with those that support the design, construction, and operations of instrumentation and the scientific user facilities. Integrate the program with other organizational programs; other DOE programs; and other Federal research programs such as those of the National Science Foundation. Assure effective interagency planning, coordination, and evaluation of programs that cut across agencies.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application via USAJobs at to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the announcement closing date to receive consideration.



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