Job Overview


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, and the biological cycling of carbon and nutrients in the environment.

The incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of the program consisting of microbial genomics and microbial physiology related to understanding the functional and dynamic analysis of gene expression and metabolic and regulatory networks that control the function of living systems to address important issues such as bioenergy production, and environmental process research. For more information visit:


As a Microbiologist for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Biological Systems Science Division, and at the full performance level, you will:

  • Serve as an internationally recognized technical authority in all aspects of science program management, including program planning, program budget formulation, program implementation, and program evaluation.
  • Plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field on a national and international level.
  • Organize, participate in, or lead committees composed of agency, interagency, and government personnel for the purpose of representing the DOE and programmatic interests.
  • Serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of the microbial genomics and microbial physiology aspects of the research program: preparing calls for proposals, organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing meetings, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the program.
  • Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the microbial genomics, microbial physiology, and bioenergy production and environmental processes programs.
  • Critically evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance via own scientific and technical judgment, 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 on the status of programmatic phases and new developments and opportunities in the area of responsibility.
  • Critically review reports and studies prepared by other office in DOE and other Federal agencies as they impact the microbial genomics and microbial physiology programs.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for this position is up to 10%.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Moving expenses may be paid and will be at the discretion of the office.