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Research Staff in Systems Biology (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550

Are you looking to do creative and worthwhile research? We seek dedicated and hardworking individuals to join our research team, to support research at the intersection of synthetic biology, microbiology, environmental biology and biomedicine. The selected applicant will build new capabilities to complement and expand our research portfolio in exciting new directions.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Perform research as part of a cross-disciplinary team of experts;
+ Design experiments and develop an independent research plan;
+ Conduct cutting edge discovery research in microbiology, bacteriophage biology and microbial communities;
+ Develop innovative biotechnology tools to support our national security and bioenergy missions;
+ Mentor technologists, postdocs or interns;
+ Develop and document practices to enable work to be carried out safely;
+ Analyze, integrate and interpret research results;
+ Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at seminars and conferences.


+ PhD in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry/Chemical Engineering or related disciplines with a strong biology emphasis;
+ Minimum of two years relevant post-doctoral research experience;
+ Highly skilled in microbiology and molecular biology;
+ Strong record of high technical accomplishments as evidenced by publication in high-impact scientific journals and the proven ability to conduct creative, independent research within a team environment;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


+ Direct research experience in at least one of the following: bacteriophage biology; synthetic biology and synthetic genomes; microbial-host and community interactions; microbial-materials interactions; bioinformatics including transcriptomics and genome assembly and annotation;
+ Proven ability to build a research plan and write successful grant proposals;
+ Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following: CRISPR biology and use of CRISPR-derived tools; protein design, display and directed evolution; in vitro/in vivo animal models; eukaryotic genetics and functional genomics; virology; design of high-through put screens; next generation sequencing; robotic systems for automated molecular biology; materials science; imaging techniques and microscopy;
+ Strong written and communication skills.

Department Description:

The Systems Biology Department, located in Livermore, California performs biological research with applications in national security, healthcare, and energy and the environment. We are a diverse research group with a focus on both basic and applied biological research. We seek to address problems with strong ties to national security, such as biodefense and health security, through new research approaches in virology, microbiology, immunology and bioinformatics, and through advanced technology development including CRISPR/Cas technologies, advanced omics, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. We also seek to develop the science base required by industry to produce clean, efficient, and cost-effective biofuels and other bioproducts on a commercial scale. Our department is integrated into the highly multidisciplinary Applied Biosciences and Engineering Group, comprised of researchers with expertise in many disciplines of biology (molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology and biochemistry), chemistry (analytical, organic and physical), computational science (bioinformatics, machine learning, computational chemistry), and engineering (chemical, mechanical and biomedical).

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

_World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.



  • Information Technology
Posted: 2020-03-19 Expires: 2020-05-03

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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