Job Overview


Here is your opportunity to perform important work in a challenging environment. The Office of Science is involved in a variety of sciences, science education, and funding of science research. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at For more information about the Department of Energy, please visit our website at

The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees - and is the principal federal funding agency of - the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences. The Office of Science manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computational science. In addition, the Office of Science is the Federal Government's largest single funder of materials and chemical sciences, and it supports unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences, and science education. The Office of Science manages this research portfolio through six interdisciplinary program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. In addition, the Office of Science sponsors a range of science education initiatives through its Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program. The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geoscience, and Bioscience Division  is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as an Interdisciplinary Chemist/Biologist.


As a Interdisciplinary Chemist/Biologist, you will:

  • Direct a research program in natural photosynthetic systems.
  • Determine scientific focus and direction of the research program in photosynthetic systems.
  • Examine and ascertain research needs and opportunities of the research program against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the DOE.
  • Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to photosynthetic systems.
  • Critically evaluate research proposals and awardee performance via own scientific and technical judgement, merit review, site visits and reviews, and panel reviews.
  • Develop and prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of government.