Science Policy Postdoc – Security Focus Area

UC Berkeley & EBRC | Academic | Emeryville, CA

Preferred Start Date: Summer 2019

The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and UC Berkeley are seeking a postdoctoral scholar at the interface of synthetic biology and national security. Science policy postdocs in EBRC will leverage their technical backgrounds to support EBRC programs at the interface of science and public policy.

EBRC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to bringing together an inclusive community committed to advancing engineering biology to address national and global needs. We showcase cutting-edge research in engineering biology, identify pressing challenges and opportunities in research and application, and articulate compelling research roadmaps and programs to address these challenges and opportunities. Our four focus areas, driven by member-led working groups, are Technical Research Roadmapping, Education, Security, and Policy & International Engagement.

This postdoc will work directly with the Director of Security Engagements to develop and deliver papers, briefings, and courses on the security considerations of engineering biology in academia and industry. The targets of these materials will range from undergraduates to government policy makers, so a strong ability to tailor communications to a specific audience is necessary for success. Roughly 75% time will be focused on this project.

All EBRC postdocs will spend 25% of their time on a science policy research project. Postdocs will work with the Executive Director to develop a science policy project of interest to the incumbent and consistent with EBRC’s mission and strategic goals. Strong projects will leverage the postdocs technical background, their policy area of interest, and EBRC’s access in the synthetic biology research community and in the US government. Applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate their areas of interest in their cover letter.

Postdoc appointments will be made through UC Berkeley and supervised by the EBRC Executive Director, working closely with EBRC’s professional staff. In addition to the projects outlined above, postdocs will participate in EBRC core activities (annual meetings and retreats); have opportunities for relevant training in science policy; and meet government officials and policy makers through EBRC events and periodic trips to Washington DC.

General requirements include a Ph.D. in a discipline related to engineering biology, ability to travel up to 25% time, strong interest in national security and science policy, and strong written and oral communication skills.

Positions are for an initial term of one year, renewable for a second year dependent on mutual agreement and funding. To apply, send a CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to Doug Friedman ( and copy .