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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\.

The Systems Biology Department of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA has a post\-doctoral opening for an outstanding bioinformatics researcher in a project involving analysis of genome editing\. This project uses bioinformatics to annotate bacterial CRISPR/Cas systems and to analyze next\-generation sequencing data to detect and characterize editing events\. The postdoctoral appointee will be working in a rich collaborative environment and have opportunities to interact with staff and postdocs working on a variety of projects involving gene edting technology and its applications, both within Sandia and with outside university collaborators\. The successful postdoctoral candidate will also be responsible for the effective communication of research results through publications and conference presentations\.


This position requires a recent PhD in bioinformatics or a related scientific discipline\. Required technical skills and qualifications include experience in the bioinformatics algorithms and software tools used to manipulate sequencing data sets and genomic data, proficiency in developing software through scripting \(e\.g\., perl, python\) and other programming\. The candidate should be familiar with modern genome editing technologies \(e\.g\., CRISPR\-Cas9\)\. The candidate must be a strong individual contributor within a multidisciplinary team comprising experimental biologists and programmers, within the framework of a milestone\-driven research project\. Strong written and oral communication skills are required\. A demonstrated record of high technical achievement \(e\.g\. as evidenced by a strong publication record\) and the demonstrated ability to conduct creative, independent research is required\.


Other desired qualifications include familiarity with one or more of the following: laboratory molecular genetics, genome sequencing and annotation, and phage biology\. Familiarity with experimental design and analysis of high throughput screens \(e\.g\., CRISPR library or other genomic screens using Next Generation Sequencing\)\.

Department Description:

The Systems Biology Department performs biological and bioengineering research with applications in national security, healthcare, and alternative energy\. The department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of staff, postdocs, technologists, and students with expertise in microbiology, virology, molecular biology, computational biology, and analytical chemistry\. The basic research activities in the department are focused on the identification and characterization of clinical and environmental pathogens, developing a systems\-level understanding of host\-pathogen interactions, and microbiomes relevant to human health and the environment\. Applied research activities are focused on enzyme and microbial engineering for biofuels development, biological detection, and medical diagnostics\.\.

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.