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R&D, Biological Scientist (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550
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We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated R&D, Biological Sciences & Engineering Scientist for the Computational Biology and Biophysics Department.

Are you looking to do creative and worthwhile research? We seek highly motivated individuals to join our research team, to support research at the intersection of climate science, spatial modeling and permafrost biology. The successful candidate will build new capabilities and expand our research portfolio in exciting new directions.

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

+ Perform research as part of a cross-disciplinary team of scientist and engineers;
+ Design experiments and develop an independent research plan;
+ Design innovative climate models to support our Department of Energy efforts;
+ Mentor post-docs, interns and technologists;
+ Analyze, integrate and interpret research results;
+ Identify, propose and apply for new funding opportunities;
+ Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at seminars and conferences.


+ PhD in Geology, Biochemistry, Biology, or Soil Science with a strong emphasis on climate modeling;
+ Minimum of three years relevant post-doctoral research experience;
+ Proven skill in the area of computational modeling;
+ Demonstrated ability to build a research plan, write successful grant proposals and direct large research teams in a PI capacity;
+ Strong record of high technical achievement as evidenced by publication in high-impact scientific journals and proven ability to conduct creative, independent research with a team environment.


+ Five or more years of relevant post-doctoral experience;
+ Direct research experience in the following: spatial representation of soil properties, predicting carbon feedback, and permafrost dynamic predictions;
+ Experience securing funding as Co-PI or PI on large DOE or related government funded projects;
+ Experience mentoring students, post-docs or junior scientists;
+ Experience developing and distributing software and/or models for government customers.

Department Description:

Sandias Computational Biology and Biophysics Department supports biodefense, emerging infectious disease and biofuels mission areas. Thedepartment has core capabilities in bioinformatics, machine learning, bioimaging, molecular modeling and the cybersecurity of biological operations. The focus of the department is in developing innovative research, using advance computational methods, to solve national security problems in biology. We conduct research in advanced RAMAN spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, enzymatic lignin valorization, biomimetic membrane design, the design of synthetic microbial consortia for biological breakdown and conversion of biological materials to valuable chemicals and fuels, and machine learning for the development of algal pond consortia.This research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, Bioenergy Technologies Office, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, the Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DOE Energy I-Corps, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Academia, Industry, Department of Health and Human Services and Sandias Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

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.



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Posted: 2020-05-19 Expires: 2020-06-19

 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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