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Postdoctoral Appointee
Sandia National Laboratories | Livermore, California
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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 microbiology/infectious disease/bioinformatics researcher in a project involving bacterial and bacteriophage genomics\. This project uses molecular biology, sequencing, and microbiological technologies to develop therapeutic phage cocktails, including phage engineering through reassembly in yeast\. It further involves bioinformatic analysis of a large database of prophages\. 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 bioinformatics, next generation sequencing, gene editing, and other cutting\-edge technologies, and their applications to infectious diseases research, both within Sandia and with outside university collaborators\. The successful postdoctoral candidate will be responsible for the effective communication of research results through publications and conference presentations\.


This position requires a PhD in bioinformatics, microbiology, molecular biology or a related scientific discipline\. A demonstrated record of high technical achievement \(e\.g\. as evidenced by a strong publication record\) and demonstrated ability to conduct creative, independent research are also required\. Other required qualifications include \(1\) proficiency with molecular biology and microbiology methods; \(2\) experience in the bioinformatics algorithms and software tools used to manipulate sequencing data sets and genomic data, \(3\) ability to develop software through scripting \(e\.g\., Perl or Python\) and other programming; \(4\) ability to work with a diverse multidisciplinary team to solve complex problems\. Strong written and oral communication skills are required\.


Desired qualifications include one or more of the following: deep familiarity of techniques of molecular genetics and phage biology, and/or experience with applications of phage biology to infectious disease research\. Familiarity with experimental design and analysis of high throughput screens \(e\.g\., using Next Generation Sequencing\)\. Experience with synthetic biology techniques \(e\.g\., gene or genome synthesis\) and with modern genome editing technologies \(e\.g\., CRISPR\-Cas9\)\.

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:

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

Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications\. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U\.S\. Air Force background screen for access to the work site\. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE\-granted security clearance, a pre\-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for DOE\-granted security clearances must be U\.S\. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position\.

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.

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