Current Job Openings as of April 30, 2021:

Operations Roles:

Bioinformatics Computer Systems Engineer (92472):

The successful candidate is responsible for the administration, management, and maintenance of Bioinformatics systems (hardware, software, documentation, monitoring, and data), and for deploying and monitoring releases of Bioinformatics tools. This position supports all levels of the design, configuration, implementation, operation, and maintenance of computer-oriented systems and networks, including real-time and event-driven systems, databases and database management systems, application systems, operating systems, and data communications related to ESE’s shared computing and instrument controller infrastructure.

This position requires proven experience working with computer hardware, and System Administration with both the Microsoft and Linux platforms. This position will also require some coding skills to build and maintain tools for improving service levels. This position will demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions while networking with key contacts outside their own area of expertise. This includes aligning systems, processes, and procedures to conform to industry best practices.  This position will report to the Site Reliability Engineer for IT Operations (SRE for iOps) at ESE. Apply Here

Manager of Laboratory Safety and Facility Operations (92431):

In this exciting role, you will be responsible for the short- and long-term planning, organization, coordination, management, and day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Laboratory Operations, Safety, and Facility Teams. The successful candidate will work closely with management, project managers, principal investigators, post-docs, staff research associates, graduate students, undergraduates, and administrators to help attain the goals and objectives of all funded projects in the operations center.

This is a critical leadership position for the Emery Station Operations Center and will manage the infrastructure required to support the scientific needs of the researchers involved in all scientific programs on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Emery Station East (ESE) building.  Apply Here

Research Roles:

Computational Biologist Research Scientist (91996):

In this exciting role, you will develop multiple biotechnology relevant hosts including Pseudomonas putida to produce biofuels and bioproducts. You are part of the Host Engineering group led by Dr. Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, and part of the Biofuel and Bioproducts Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, CA. Specifically, the project has two main goals. 1. Generating strains that have been engineered to scale in a reliable or predictable manner. For this, background, engineered, and modified strains will be examined under a variety of cultivation modes and scales using multi-omics methods. The resulting systems biology data will be used to develop Biodesign approaches to build host chassis that can maintain production phenotype in a stable and reliable manner for longer periods of time in cultivation regimes required for industrial scale-up and production 2. Generating strains that show high productivity in industrial conditions – such as low oxygen, high gravity, and mixed carbon source regimes. Apply Here

Postdoctoral Researcher: JBEI Postdoctoral Bio/chem (Emeryville)(675980):

Sandia/California’s Biomaterials and Biomanufacturing Department is seeking a creative, dedicated, and hardworking Postdoctoral Scientist to work within the Joint BioEnergy Institue (JBEI) to engineer non-model fungi to produce biofuels and biochemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. This position is specifically within the Fungal Biotechnology group within JBEI, which is currently focused on devoloping fungal systems to produce both lignocellulose-deconstructing enzymes and a range of biofuels and bioproducts. The selected candidate will develop methods to convert lignin to a range of useful bioproducts using non-model fungi and leverage advanced tools in synthetic biology and bioinformatics. Apply Here

Postdoctoral Researcher: Chemistry/Chemical Engineering  at JBEI (676243):

Sandia/California’s Biomaterials and Biomanufacturing Department is seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Scientist with expertise in chemistry and chemical engineering to join the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Biomass Pretreatment and Process Development team to develop novel technologies for the efficient feedstock-agnostic deconstruction of lignocellulose into fermentable carbon. We are currently developing lignin deconstruction technologies using novel solvents (ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents and molecular solvents). The selected candidate will continue these efforts and develop technologies to efficiently extract and depolymerize lignin from lignocellulose into molecules that can be further upgraded chemically and/or biochemically into valuable products. We are seeking an individual with proficiency in chemical catalysis, especially one with previous experience with lignin, and who can work with biochemists and microbiologists to explore development of hybrid lignin depolymerization technologies. This will be a multi-disciplinary effort, with opportunities to work with a wide range of experts in national labs and industry to conduct state-of-the-art R&D in lignocellulosic biofuels. Apply Here

Postdoctoral Researcher: Synthetic Biology for Biomass Conversion (Emeryville) (675888):

Are you looking for an innovative and creative research environment?We seek dedicated individuals to join a diverse team that specializes in developing innovative high-throughput screening and optimization of metabolic pathways for biofuels and bioproducts. We are developing cutting-edge microfluidic devices for synthetic biology applications specifically for operations including assembly of genes, transformation, CRISPR-based engineering, cell culture, and phenotypic assays. The research will involve work with lab-on-a-chip techniques, molecular biology, and adapting molecular biology techniques to microfluidic format. Apply Here

We hire through many of our partner organizations to work for JBEI.  Positions may be based in Emeryville or at a partner facility in other cities and states.

LBNL – Key words to search for: JBEI, ESE, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Emeryville




When you choose a career at Berkeley Lab you become a part of a thriving national laboratory renowned for performing cutting-edge scientific research in a variety of fields.

You also join a collaborative community.

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has recruited a multi-disciplinary team of the best and brightest researchers who combine their expertise, skills and exchange ideas to accelerate the process of discovery.

JBEI’s culture represents a departure from traditional research institutions. Here you’ll find:

  • An entrepreneurial environment that acts as bioscience incubator
  • A dynamic culture that maximizes collaboration to accelerate research
  • Motivated people who work together to optimize opportunities for success

JBEI is a Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to workforce diversity.