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JGI Division Deputy for Operations

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location
1 Cyclotron Road,
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Job Description

JGI Division Deputy for Operations - 89937

Organization: JG-Joint Genome Institute


Berkeley Lab's Joint Genome Institute (JGI, has an opening for a Division Deputy for Operations. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) User Facility, the JGI exists to serve the broad scientific community by enabling access to state-of-the-art genomics technologies to address the most pressing challenges in energy and environment. The successful candidate will provide leadership to JGI operations, infrastructure and administrative functions. The position is responsible for facilities, EH&S, finance, procurement, lab automation, policies and agreements, lab support and business process improvement. The Operations Department is comprised of approximately 25 staff with a budget of approximately $8M. The Division Deputy for Operations manages and directs the work performed by the JGI Operations Department and supports and acts on behalf of the JGI Director in day-to-day direction, management and planning related to the JGI’s infrastructure and business functions. The Division Deputy for Operations participates as an active member of the JGI Leadership Team that leads the strategic planning, formulation, direction, and implementation of programs and projects. 


What You Will Do:

• Manage and direct the work performed by the JGI Operations Department, including Administrative Services, Finance and Procurement, Lab Automation, Lab Support, Facilities, Business Process Improvement, Policies and Agreements and Environmental Health & Safety.

• Support the JGI Director in day-to-day management of the Institute and in short- and long-term planning. Contribute to the development of JGI policies, systems and procedures, processes or protocols.

• Make decisions or final recommendations on all operational issues, which significantly affect the ability of the organization to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.

• Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology/methodology/systems into the workplace to improve JGI’s processes, organizational effectiveness and decision making.

• Develops networks and builds alliances, engages in cross-functional activities; collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with a widening range of internal and external stakeholders. 

• Supports and sustains an organizational culture which permits others to provide the quality of service essential to high performance.

• Serve as a member of the JGI Senior Leadership Team (JLT) to continue to shape the organization as a national resource.

• Participate in DOE, LBNL and other reviews of Joint Genome Institute activities and programs and prepare and give presentations as required.

• Serve as a primary contact and external spokesperson for the organization representing JGI to DOE, external agencies, industrial contacts, and National Laboratories and other organizations with regard to JGI administrative and financial management, facilities, EH&S, and business issues.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on April 10, 2020.



• This is a full time career appointment.

• Full-time, M-F, 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.

• Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Learn About Us:

JGI & Berkeley Lab: A View to Fuel Innovative Science in the Public Interest

They say it’s all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next ground-breaking discoveries?


Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here (


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4 (  Click here ( to view the poster: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law".


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.



What is Required: 

• Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or relevant field, or equivalent education, training, and experience.

• Substantial senior level program, project, and financial management experience to successfully integrate diverse resources and projects that achieve strategic objectives and goals.

• Exceptional internal and external relationship and teambuilding skills as well as adept leadership skills to effectively interact with senior level Laboratory, University of CaliforniaC, DOE and other high-level staff.

• Demonstrated high-level experience in planning, organizing, and leading business, administrative, operations, and/or facilities-related activities in large programs or projects.

• Demonstrated experience in developing best practices and managing major process reengineering initiatives in a rapidly changing and technological environment.

• Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills to determine priorities and identify and resolve highly complex problems that impact the organization’s operations.

• Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, direct and lead effectively among a diverse group of scientific, technical, and administrative personnel.

• Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.

• Demonstrated experience in implementation and oversight of environment, health and safety functions, including familiarity with major federal and state environmental and workplace safety mandates and regulations.

• Significant and demonstrated experience in space and facilities planning.

• Interpersonal skills necessary for working in an inclusive and diverse team environment.

• Superb oral and written communication skills.

• Strong organizational development, change management and interpersonal skills--recognized use of discretion, tact, and diplomacy of a senior manager


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working in UC, DOE, or national laboratory operations areas strongly preferred.


How to Apply

How To Apply

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