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Postdoctoral Appointee in Molecular Biology

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the posting date. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Scientist to study the interaction of bacteria with noble gases, to use phage-assisted continuous evolution to evolve proteins for biosensing applications, and to engineer and characterize algal strains for biofuel applications. The selected candidate will work in a multidisciplinary department with a team of scientists and researchers who are passionate about attaining success while solving some of societies greatest challenges.

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

+ Design genetic constructs for biosensors, CRISPR gene editing, or CRISPR interference
+ Genetically modify bacteriophage and E. coli
+ Genetically modify algae
+ Characterize physiological changes in E. coli
+ Characterize algal strains for biomass production and composition
+ Analyze next-gen sequencing data from phage-assisted continuous evolution studies
+ Participate in laboratory management and mentoring of student interns
+ Write publications and
+ Present results at project meetings and conferences


+ PhD in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related field;
+ Direct, hands-on experience in the following areas: common molecular biology techniques, cloning, microbial cultivation, and standard analytical techniques (spectroscopy, microscopy, etc.);
+ Proven record of high technical accomplishment, as evidenced by publication record;
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.


+ Experience with bacteriophage engineering;
+ Experience with CRISPR-Cas9 technology;
+ Experience with analysis of next-gen sequencing data;
+ Experience with cultivation of photosynthetic organisms;
+ The ability to conduct creative, independent research;
+ Strong work ethic;
+ Experience in milestone-driven research;
+ Strong written and oral communication skills.

Department Description:

The Molecular and Microbiology Department sits within the Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear Defense and Energy Technologies Center. The Center performs exploratory science and develops technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security, and national defense. Through extensive partnerships inside and outside Sandia, the Center is focused on understanding and countering natural, traditional and engineered biological threats, as well as on developing alternative lignocellulosic and algal-derived transportation biofuels. The Molecular and Microbiology Department conducts fundamental and applied research in cell biology, immunology, genomics, and microbiology, with a focus on the development and use of innovative bioanalytical technologies such as synthetic biology, nanotechnology, multi-omics, advanced optical imaging, and data analysis tools to advance the understanding of biological systems. Key sponsors include the DOE Office of Science (BER and BES), the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, ARPA-E, DoD, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DHS, and the NIH.

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:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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.

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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-11-02 Expires: 2020-12-03

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

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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