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ABF Postdoctoral Bio/Chem (at ESE)

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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 hardworking and creative Postdoctoral Scientist to work within the Agile Biofoundry to conduct metabolic engineering in fungi and other microbes to produce biofuels and bioproducts. You will join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team of scientists and experts to work on engaging research projects using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

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

+ Implement a Design Build Test Learn cycle to conduct metabolic engineering in non-model organisms;
+ Develop genetic tools for non-model organisms, such as CRISPR;
+ Collaborate with the team to conduct transcription, proteomic, or and meatbolomic analysis;
+ Optimize cultivation of non-model organisms on renewable carbon, such as lignocellulose;
+ Develop and optimize analytical methods to characterize biofuel-producing strains;
+ Participate in laboratory management and mentoring of student interns;
+ Write publications;
+ Present results at project meetings and conferences.


+ PhD in Bioengineering, Molecular and Cell Biology or related discipline (e.g., chemical engineering, biology, biochemistry);
+ Direct, hands-on experience in one or more the following areas: genetic or metabolic engineering, omic analysis, common molecular biology techniques, microbial cultivation, and standard analytical techniques (HPLC, GC/MS, etc.);
+ Demonstrated record of high technical achievement, as evidenced by publication record.


+ Strong work ethic;
+ Experience with RNAi, CRISPR tools, and other genetic modification techniques;
+ Experience with omics techniques;
+ Experience with genetic circuit design and protein engineering;
+ Ability to conduct creative, independent research;
+ Experience in milestone-driven research, especially with the DOE;
+ Strong written and oral communication skills.

Department Description:

The Biomass Science and Conversion Technology department is dedicated to developing and advancing innovative technologies for producing the next generation of biofuels. Our multidisciplinary staff represents a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets: molecular biology, chemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, biophysics, computational science, and biochemistry. We partner broadly with other Sandia departments as well as other national laboratories, industry, and universities to develop practical, science-based solutions to national energy goals. We play an essential role in the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), one of three Bioenergy Research Centers in the Nation advancing the next generation of biofuel technologies. We also play an essential role in the Agile BioFoundry, a Bioenergy Technologies Office-funded project focused on developing advanced biomanufacturing capabilities to accelerate industrial production of biofuels and bioproducts.

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.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


Posted: 2019-08-07 Expires: 2019-09-07

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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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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