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Group Leader - Systems and Synthetic Biology

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 103410
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Systems and Synthetic Biology Group Leader to provide scientific and administrative leadership for approximately 15 scientific staff, postdocs, students, and interns. You will work with Division and Directorate leadership to coordinate group staffing and recruiting, research directions, and resources to carry out fundamental and applied research in areas related to systems and synthetic biology. This position is in the Biosciences and Biotechnology (BBT) Division and requires the candidate to fund their own time through programmatic and other direct funding sources.

Essential Duties
- Develop a robust and sustainable program in systems/synthetic biology with an emphasis on microbial communities, engineering next generation detection and response systems and biofuels.
- Provide overall technical, scientific, and programmatic guidance and direction to a diverse group of scientists.
- Provide leadership as primary subject matter expert through routine group meetings, strategic planning, effective hiring, performance management and effectively delivering on projects.
- Maintain a close interaction with program managers and other sponsors to ensure effective scientific support and teamwork.
- Develop and obtain funding to support new scientific programs and research proposals.
- Foster interactions that advance strategic goals with colleagues and institutions in both domestic and international science communities, such as academia, industry and government institutions.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for communications between group members, Division and Directorate management.
- Mentor technical staff to promote professional development, conduct staff and performance management activities in collaboration with BBT Division Management, including succession planning.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in Biology, Molecular Biology or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience and subject matter expertise in research and development related to microbial communities, engineering biological systems and advanced technologies.
- Advanced leadership skills and experience providing technical direction to others.
- Expert written and verbal communication skills, specifically the ability to explain and present highly complex ideas, as well as to influence employees and all levels of management.
- Significant experience developing new scientific programs and research proposals for LDRD and external funding.
- Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively delegate, lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams to work towards programmatic and institutional goals.
- Experience working effectively as part of a management team on behalf of the division, directorate, and Laboratory.

Desired Qualifications
- In-depth knowledge of one or more program sponsors.
- Familiarity with BBT Division personnel and projects.
- Experience with multi-disciplinary program building and proposal writing.

Security Clearance:  None required.

Note:  Relisted position. Originally listed on March 8, 2018.  Previous candidates need not reapply.

This is a Career Indefinite or At Will appointment.  Only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite or At Will status may apply for this position.  If final candidate is an At Will employee, At Will status may be maintained based on funding considerations.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.