Two DOE BER Job Opportunities Available

(1) Associate Director, Office of Biological and Environmental Research

The Office of Science has announced a job opportunity for the Associate Director for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Department of Energy (DOE).

The mission of the BER program is to support transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, Earth, and environmental systems for clean energy and climate innovation. This fundamental research, conducted at universities, DOE national laboratories, and research institutions across the country, explores organisms and ecosystems that can influence the U.S. energy system and advances understanding of the relationships between energy and environment from local to global scales, including a focus on climate change modeling.

The research contributes to a future of stable, reliable, and resilient energy sources and infrastructures that will contribute to evidence-based climate solutions with a focus on environmental justice. Research within BER can be categorized into biological systems and Earth and environmental systems.

Biological systems research seeks to characterize and predictively understand microbial and plant systems using genomic science, computational analyses, and experimental approaches. This foundational knowledge underpins the ability to leverage natural processes for clean energy production, including the sustainable development of biofuels and other bioproducts, as well as natural carbon sequestration capabilities.

Earth and environmental systems research seek to characterize and understand the feedback between Earth and energy systems, including studies on atmospheric physics and chemistry, ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and development and validation of Earth system models extending from local to global scales. These models integrate information on the biosphere, atmosphere, terrestrial land masses, oceans, sea ice, subsurface, and human components.

To promote world-class research in these areas, BER supports user facilities that enable observation and measurement of atmospheric, biological, and biogeochemical processes using the latest technologies.

Please visit the site for more information concerning the duties, qualifications, and application requirements for this position. Please ensure that all required application documents are provided before final submission.

If there are questions regarding the position, please contact Harriet Kung,, or Mariam Elsayed,


(2) DOE BER Program Manager Opening: Physical Scientist

Update 2/2/2023: Due to system issues with USAStaffing, the position announcement had to be removed, updated, and reposted. If you are still interested in applying to this vacancy, please submit your materials to the following link by February 18, 2023.

Please note that due to the system issue, if you have already applied, you will need to re-apply through the new link.

The U.S. Department of Energy is pleased to announce a position opening in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) within DOE’s Office of Science. BER is seeking a candidate with cross-disciplinary research experience in climate resiliency.

DOE is using the broad Direct Hire Physical Scientist recruitment mechanism through to solicit resumes to identify the appropriate (external or internal) candidate. Applications are due February 10, 2023.

Please see the official job opportunity announcement below and share it with your respective communities and networks.


  •      Pay Plan/Series/Grade: GS-1301-13/14/15
  •      Location: Germantown, MD
  •      Opening Date: January 23, 2023
  •      Closing Date: February 10, 2023
  •      Who can Apply: Open to the public
  •      Apply at USAJOBS:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science’s, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Germantown MD, is recruiting a Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13/14/15. Physical Scientist:

This public notice is to collect resumes from interested individuals. All interested candidates must apply through USA Jobs to receive consideration by February 10, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

Individuals appointed using a special hire authority receive a new competitive service appointment. Current DOE employees with career status selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

Candidates who submitted applications before January 16, 2023, must submit an updated application.

This position is within the Office of Science (SC), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division.

The selected individual will:

  • Serve as a Program Manager managing a portfolio of experimental and modeling research, that includes climate resilience, ecological, hydrological, atmospheric, and socioeconomic sciences, and with a particular interest in addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities.
  • Serve as a recognized authority to both DOE and the scientific community and for providing technical advice to the Director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division

When applying to this position, please ensure that your resume demonstrates the knowledge, skills, experiences, and responsibilities identified. 

For more information, please contact Gerald Geernaert, Director, at