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JBEI Postdoctoral Apointee - Microfluidics for Synthetic Biology
Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Job Description


This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years\. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment\.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance\.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist to perform research in application of microfluidics for biochemical analysis and synthetic biology at the Joint BioEnergy Institute \(www\.jbei\.org\)\. The person will work closely with a team of engineers and biologists to develop droplet microfluidic devices for assembly of genes, screening of bacterial mutants for evolution of enzymes, high throughput enzyme and metabolite assays, and analysis of biomass constituents such as lignins and glycans\.

Specific responsibilities will include:

+ Microfluidic device design and fabrication;
+ Control hardware and software development for automating operation of droplet microfluidic chip;
+ Integration of microfluidic chip with electronic and optical components;
+ Implement molecular biology steps in the integrated chip;
+ Collaborate with molecular biologists, biochemists and other engineers\.


+ PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering;
+ Hands\-on experience in automation and electrical/electronic control \(e\.g\. programmable microcontrollers, LabVIEW, Arduino\);
+ Experience in design and fabrication of microelectronic/microfluidic/MEMS devices;
+ A strong record of high technical achievement as evidenced by publication in high\-impact scientific journals\.


+ Basic understanding of one or more of the following:

- Biochemistry
- Synthetic biology
- High\-throughput screening

Department Description:

Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department, located in Livermore, California and Emeryville, CA, performs biological and bioengineering research with applications in national security, healthcare and alternative energy\. 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 and advanced technology development including microfluidics and nanofluidics\. 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\. This work is carried out in partnership with the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute \(JBEI\)\. Our department is highly multidisciplinary, comprised of researchers with expertise in many disciplines of biology \(molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology and biochemistry\), chemistry \(analytical, organic and physical\) and engineering \(chemical, mechanical and biomedical\)\.

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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