Computational Biology Program Developer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
United States Ca Berkeley


Computational Biology Program Developer - 92232
Organization: BS-BioSciences Area Office

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL,, Biosciences Area Office ( has an opening for Program Developer for Computational Biology. In this role the successful candidate will be a co-member of the Biosciences Strategic Programs Development Group (SPDG) and the Computing Sciences Area Office. This position will help to establish new research programs at the intersection of Biosciences and Computing, and identify strategic opportunities where both Areas can collaborate to increase scientific impact.

This successful candidate will primarily support program development activities like projects that combine some of the following elements: imaging, biomanufacturing, environmental biology, sensors and controls for automated experimentation, machine learning, data management, and HPC) and other related topics. The Program Developer will be responsible for a variety of activities, including idea generation and visioning, planning and facilitation of workshops, drafting and editing white papers, and developing ongoing relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be building new research capabilities at Berkeley Lab in a growing area of research for the Department of Energy.

What You Will Do:
• Manage a portfolio of program development projects based at the intersection of biosciences and computing sciences core capabilities, particularly in partnership with the Computational Biology Group and other interested researchers and managers across the Biosciences and Computing Sciences Areas.
• Work to identify new strategic opportunities to increase the Areas’ scientific impact.
• Assist researchers in drafting, editing, and revising white papers to articulate clear and compelling national-scale program concepts.
• Assist in the planning, execution, and facilitation of workshops with internal and external stakeholders.
• Assist researchers in drafting, editing, and revising workshop reports resulting from strategic workshops.
• Network and arrange meetings with possible sponsors and collaborators.
• Identify and secure additional funds for the execution of program development activities.
• Utilize and improve tracking tools to measure progress and to provide analysis on successes, gaps, and new strategic directions for the Biosciences and Computing Sciences partnership.
• Serve as the main point of contact for Area Management Leads for tracking progress towards meeting goals on a regular schedule.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Learn About Us:
Biosciences Area (
Enabled by Berkeley Lab’s world-class user facilities and complementary research programs, our scientists and engineers contribute groundbreaking discoveries and innovative solutions to complex scientific and societal challenges.

The Computational Research Division ( conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. We collaborate directly with scientists across LBNL, the Department of Energy and industry to solve some of the world’s most challenging computational and data management and analysis problems in a broad range of scientific and engineering fields, including materials science, biology, climate modeling, astrophysics, fusion science, and many others.

Berkeley Lab
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 (


What is Required:
• 4-8 years of experience in a biology, computational biology, or computational field.
• Experience working with scientists at all levels on collaborative, multidisciplinary projects.
• Strong project management, coordination, and tracking experience.
• Demonstrated experience developing and executing complex projects.
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills; ability to resolve diverse range of complex technical problems and issues using good judgment and decision-making.
• Ability to multitask and prioritize complex competing problems.
• Effective interpersonal skills necessary for working in a diverse and distributed team environment.
• Ability to work independently as well as with groups of scientists and managers.
• Demonstrated research and analysis skills.

Desired Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in a biology, computational biology, or computational field.
• Experience with computational biology or computational research.
• Experience with philanthropic organizations.
• Federal or state government experience.
• Demonstrated experience leading stakeholder engagement activities, including workshops or other scientific meetings.
• Experience in strategic planning, program management, and/or program development.
• Experience interacting with sponsors.

• 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.
• 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.
• This position will be remote initially, but limited to individuals residing in the United States tentatively until 2021 due to COVID-19. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work will be primarily performed at: West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.