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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


The Post\-Doctoral Appointee Program is designed to recruit outstanding Ph\.D\. applicants to assist a line organization in meeting its mission objectives and to provide a professional technical work environment for the employee\. The Ph\.D\. must have been conferred within one to five years prior to employment\. These assignments are for a one\-year period, with the option at management’s discretion to serve no more than five additional one\-year assignments\.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist to work on projects focused on synthetic biology or protein evolution approaches\. Job duties include genetic tool development, bacterial and/or algal cultivation, and physiological characterization\. The position will include active participation in laboratory management, mentoring student interns, and writing publications\.


Requires a recent doctorate in chemical engineering, bioengineering, or related discipline \(e\.g\., molecular biology, biochemistry\)\. Strong preference will be for candidates who are highly skilled in the areas of synthetic biology and protein design\. The candidate must have direct, hands\-on experience in the following areas: synthetic gene/construct design and cloning, common molecular biology techniques \(electrophoresis, PCR, qPCR, Western blot, etc\.\), cell cultivation, and standard analytical techniques \(spectroscopy, microscopy, etc\.\)\.

The candidate must be a strong individual contributor within a multidisciplinary team comprising engineers and biologists within the framework of a milestone\-driven research project\. Strong written and oral communication skills are required\. A demonstrated record of high technical achievement \(e\.g\. as evidenced by publication record\) and the ability to conduct creative, independent research is required\.


Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following:

Cyanobacterial or algal cultivation, genetic modification of photosynthetic microorganisms, application of genome editing technology, development of biological sensors, and protein evolution\.

Department Description:

The Bioenergy and Defense Technologies department, which is part of Sandia's Biological and Engineering Sciences Center, supports mission areas in biodefense, emerging infectious disease, and biofuels\. The department conducts fundamental and applied research in cell biology, immunology, nanomaterials and microbiology\. The focus is on the development and use of advanced enabling technologies such as fluorescence microscopy, vibrational spectroscopies, X\-ray and neutron scattering, and chemometric data analysis tools to study biological systems of interest to biofuels development and biodefense\. Current research projects include developing nanoparticles for drug and vaccine delivery, understanding receptor activation and cell signaling processes, novel pathogen detection approaches, plant physiology, cellulase enzymes, as well as algal biochemistry and cultivation characterization for biofuels applications\. We conduct research for the National Institutes of Health, Basic Energy Sciences, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, U\.S\. Industry, Department of Health and Human Services and Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research & Development program\.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance\. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.