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Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
$360,000 to $420,000 annually
Closing date
Apr 8, 2023

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Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies - 98002

Division: AT-Energy Technologies


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking an experienced and visionary leader to serve as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies.


About the position:

Reporting to the Laboratory Director, the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) is accountable for strategic planning, organizational leadership, research excellence and integrity, and communication for the Energy Technologies Area, one of six scientific Areas at Berkeley Lab. As a key member of the Laboratory’s Senior Leadership Team, the ALD works closely with the Laboratory Director and Deputy Laboratory Directors to plan and execute Berkeley Lab’s strategic priorities, initiatives and cross-Area research collaborations.


The ALD will lead the Area’s strategic direction to achieve its vision of sustainable, energy-efficient, resilient and increasingly productive cities and rural communities (see the 2021-2030 Strategic Plan, They will interact with the Department of Energy and other external sponsors, promote partnerships with academia, other National Laboratories, and industry, and guide the development of externally sponsored research projects and programs consistent with the Laboratory’s overall vision and strategy. With overall responsibility for research and operational activities, the ALD will work with their Area staff to develop and execute priorities for facility operations and planning, champion a strong safety culture, and build diverse, interdisciplinary scientific, technical and professional teams.


About the Energy Technologies Area (ETA):

Begun by Art Rosenfeld in the 1970s to establish the field of energy efficiency research, and building on Charles Tobias’s legacy of electrochemical research, ETA translates fundamental scientific discoveries into energy technology innovation and deployment. With annual funding of over $160 million (FY2022), ETA’s research is conducted by approximately 450 staff and 250 affiliates in three Divisions: Building Technology & Urban Systems; Energy Storage & Distributed Resources; and Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts. The Area’s goals are to provide the research necessary to advance solutions to the climate crisis, enable the U.S. transition to more resilient coupled water–energy systems, build a solid and secure electrical grid, and develop clean-energy technologies that will ensure a more stable world for all.


Building on the strong foundation developed over the past 50 years, today ETA researchers have an unprecedented opportunity to bring to market energy-efficient innovations across the buildings, transportation, and industrial sectors. ETA’s scientists are at the forefront of: developing better batteries for electric vehicles; improving the country’s aging electrical grid and innovating distributed energy and storage solutions; developing grid-interactive low-carbon buildings; and providing the most comprehensive market and data analysis available worldwide, for renewable technologies like wind and solar.


ETA is the home of FLEXLAB® (, the world’s most advanced integrated building and grid technologies testbed. ETA scientists have shared in the Nobel Peace Prize ( awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President Al Gore for research helping to lay a basis for mitigation and adaptation of climate change. ETA developed the first-ever national appliance energy efficiency standards ( on behalf of the Department of Energy. Read about recent accomplishments.  (


About Berkeley Lab:

Berkeley Lab is a U.S. DOE national laboratory managed by the University of California (UC) and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a close relationship with UC Berkeley, as well as robust partnerships with other academic institutions and industries, including those in Silicon Valley.


The Laboratory conducts world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet, and solution-inspired discovery science. Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship, which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) to build highly effective teams that produce world-class science and technology and where all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can thrive.


Key Responsibilities:

• As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, contribute to setting the institution’s strategic priorities, initiatives and policies and supporting their implementation. Lead by example to proactively model the Laboratory's principles of stewardship, inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability.

• Guide the Area’s vision and evolve its strategic plan, leading strategies for new and continuing research funding, workforce development, scientific program goals, operational support, and scientific infrastructure needs to maintain world-class research output.

• Provide leadership for strategic talent management to motivate and assure a high-performing, diverse organization through effective recruitment, career development, performance management, retention, and succession planning, and proactively promoting stewardship principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability, to cultivate the next generation researchers and leaders.

• Oversee Area management teams to ensure accountability for operational requirements and priorities, including health and safety, facilities, financial, and human resources. Act as chief spokesperson for the Area to UC, the applied program offices in the DOE, the State of California, other external agencies and internal groups. Develop and maintain strong professional connections with relevant senior DOE officials, in particular with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

• Develop research and strategic collaborations with other Berkeley Lab scientific disciplines, fellow national laboratories, academic institutions, and private-sector entities, and an effective communication strategy to raise awareness about ETA’s research and accomplishments.

• Encourage entrepreneurship involving tech transfer and commercialization of technologies, working with the Lab’s Intellectual Property Office. (


Required Qualifications:

• Advanced degree or equivalent experience in scientific discipline relevant to fundamental Energy Technologies research.

• Recognized record of leadership and research accomplishments in a relevant field.

• Successful track record as a visionary and collaborative leader, managing a large interdisciplinary operational, scientific or engineering research organization or program.

• Successful track record of establishing and articulating scientific vision, identifying research opportunities and building collaborative partnerships with facility users, universities, industrial partners and other research and development institutions both domestically and internationally

• Strong communication and stakeholder management skills, including ability to establish relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and effectively navigate complex organizations.

• Demonstrated experience in effective people, project, and budget management and operational oversight, including with fiscal responsibilities, human resources, EH&S, and property and facilities management.

• Ability to model Berkeley Lab’s Stewardship Values: team science, innovation, trust, respect, and service, including building and maintaining a culture that is committed to the ideals of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.

• Substantial knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements and government funding desired.


Application Guidelines:

• Please submit your CV and letter of interest by April 23, 2023.

• In the cover letter, please highlight (i) your interest and vision for the position, (ii) relevant research and organizational leadership experience, and (iii) relevant accomplishments, including personal contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please limit your letter to 2 pages.



• This is a full-time career appointment, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid).

• This position is expected to pay $360,000 to $420,000 annually; salary will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, as well as aligned with the internal leadership peer group. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position.

• 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.

• The Energy Technologies ALD position is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

• This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

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


Learn About Us:

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 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit for more information.


Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.


Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:

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