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.
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.
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.
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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?
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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.