Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

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.

This position is located in the Biological Systems Science Division, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, Department of Energy. The Office supports basic research in the natural sciences to advance environmental and biological knowledge that promotes national security through improved energy production, development, and use. The Division is responsible for a broad multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research portfolio to develop fundamental biological information and to advance technology in support of DOE’s missions in biology, climate change, and the environment. This includes research focused on the role of plants and microbes in processes related to energy, environmental remediation, and the biological cycling of carbon and nutrients in the environment.

The incumbent will serve as scientific and technical authority in computational biology, bioinformatics, metabolic engineering, systems biology modeling and simulation with emphasis on data management and computing infrastructure and has the responsibility to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in these fields on a national and international level.

For more information visit: http://science.energy.gov/ber/

Duties

As a Computational Biologist, you will:
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  • Conceive, justify, plan, initiate, and manage all aspects of a broad range of fundamental research focusing on developing and advancing computational biology and bioinformatics.
  • Manage, plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field.
  • Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel on sensitive issues and complex areas of importance.
  • Review new policies, plans, and procedures relating to program planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation across the organization.
  • Evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance.
  • Develop, coordinate, and organize funding allocations for assigned programs and ensure recommendations on program operations and direction are considered in budget requests
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  • Manage the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase activity (Kbase) within a genomic science research program. 
  • Plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs on a national and international level.
  • Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel, both nationally and internationally.
  • Determine scientific focus and direction of the computational biology aspects of the research program.
  • Secure essential information in all aspects of a broad range of computational biology and bioinformatics and lead the development of computational biology research.
  • Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to computational biology, bioinformatics, metabolic engineering, and systems biology modeling.
  • Critically evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance.
  • Critically review reports and studies prepared by other offices in DOE and other federal agencies as they impact computational biology, bioinformatics, and the system biology portfolio.

 
 

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No