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JGI Policy and Agreements Officer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Job Description

JGI Policy and Agreements Officer - 89847

Organization: JG-Joint Genome Institute


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Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI,, has an opening for a Policy and Agreements Officer. 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. Reporting to the JGI Deputy of Operations, the successful candidate is responsible for developing and updating JGI’s policies, conducting research on policy practices across institutions, funding agencies and industry, managing industrial and other institutional agreements and ensuring JGI’s scientific interests are best represented externally. 


The selected candidate will work closely with JGI senior leadership, JGI Project Management Office (PMO) and JGI scientists to develop and edit policies, procedures, and forms to develop and recommend appropriate courses of action to resolve complex problems. Using operational acumen, the position will foster collaborative working relationships with and serve as a primary liaison between JGI (working closely with PMO) and LBNL’s Technology Transfer office, Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO), Intellectual Property Office (IPO), LBNL Office of Laboratory Counsel (OLC), industry representatives, external stakeholders, all levels of management and staff at JGI partner institutions, DOE, and others. 


What You Will Do:

• Update and develop JGI’s policies to accommodate diverse user needs and interests and build in mechanisms to ensure compliance with JGI’s policies.

• Through researching policies at other DOE User Facilities, institutions, funding agencies and industry, refine existing and establish new policies in accordance with JGI’s strategy.

• Perform research to understand current and emerging sponsor needs and requirements and assesses competitor capabilities.

• Build knowledge and serve as JGI’s subject matter expert and point of contact for access-benefit sharing agreements (e.g. Nagoya Protocol, US National Parks) to inform on JGI policies.

• Develop working knowledge of ethical, legal and social implications to support JGI’s DNA synthesis platform and program.

• Work with scientists across JGI to lead the development and evaluation of the technical and management content of sponsored research agreements and contractual compliance in partnership with LBNL’s Strategic Partnerships and Intellectual Property Offices.

• In partnership with JGI’s Project Management Office and User Programs, conduct user screening and assess export control requirements for projects and technologies.

• Serve as a member of JGI’s Partnerships Development Team and JGI Management Team.

• Serve as JGI’s primary interface with Berkeley Lab’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) and Office of Laboratory Counsel (OLC) for all policy/contracts/agreements as it relates to science, working to streamline and standardize processes and requirements to ensure acceptable turn-around times

• Represent the JGI Industry engagement team at internal and external meetings and conferences.

• Emphasize teamwork, continuous improvement, and best practices in all activities.



The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• This is a full time, 2-year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

• Exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• 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".



What Is Required:

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or computational biology) and a minimum of 4 years related experience and/or business or equivalent training and experience, 

• Expertise in scientific workflows and processes developed through participating in multi-disciplinary scientific teams.

• Experience in decision making, problem-solving and analytical skills to solve moderately complex issues with the ability to recognize and evaluate facts, to objectively analyze situations, and to synthesize and organize data/information.

• Experience in written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, professional demeanor, and the proven ability to influence, communicate and work diplomatically with colleagues, external stakeholders, and senior staff.

• Demonstrated experience writing policy, procedural or reporting documents.

• Demonstrated ability to work independently on multiple assignments, establish priorities with limited direction, use judgment to determine appropriate action and to select methods and techniques to obtain solutions and make decisions within the scope of work.

• Ability to present information to large groups in an understandable and convincing manner.

• Ability to edit a variety of documents for grammar, syntax, style, and clarity.  Proofread and submit high-quality final documents.

• Ability to think beyond accepted ideas and methods; recognize new ideas, opportunities and advances. Flexibility to adapt to changing work environments.

• Must be organized, resourceful, detail-oriented, a quick learner and a self-starter


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Master’s level degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or computational biology) is strongly preferred.

• At least three years of experience in genomics or synthetic biology.

• Experience in developing resource models based on scientific tasks.

• Experience in shaping data sharing policies.


How to Apply

How To Apply

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