Los Alamos National Laboratory Biochemist Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
Candidates will perform reactivation experiments on inhibited acetylcholinesterase (AChE) to measure therapeutic potential of a library of candidates. Postdoc candidates will also assist in the development of novel assays to perform the reactivation experiments inside an in vitro human blood brain barrier model. It is expected that candidates are highly knowledgeable in AChE chemistry, detection methods, activity measurements, and organophosphonate chemistry. Candidates will work collaboratively within the Biosciences Division (B-10).
Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.
For general information about the Postdoc Program, including salary guidelines, see:http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.
Solid background in one or more of the following:
AChE reactivation or similar processes
Creative experiment/assay design experience
Experience with cell culturing
Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by writing and/or editing technical journals, papers or proposals
Strong interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated by experience with public speaking, experience presenting technical information and data to a broad audience, and experience working with interdisciplinary teams having diverse technical backgrounds
Ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, goals and requirements, ability to work with minimal supervision
Assay development for kinetic studies of AChE reactivation or similar studies
Use of fluorescence or other methods for quantitation in assay development
Bioconjugation of biotin or other small molecules for detection purposes
Familiarity with blood brain barrier model functionality and end point detection methods
Education: A Ph.D. completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed in chemistry, bioogy, biochemistry, or a related field.
Note to Applicants: Apply online atwww.lanl.gov . Include a cover letter and CV in your application.
Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
Though the hire will be in MST-7, the candidate will be co-mentored by B-10 and will work in B-10 space.
The Engineered Materials Group ( MST-7 ) provides multidisciplinary expertise in materials science ranging from polymers and foams to target fabrication and materials discovery. This expertise is focused on delivering technology solutions for national security missions. In particular, MST-7 applies an extensive knowledge of chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering to study matter under various environmental and extreme conditions relevant to our customers. MST-7 is involved in many research programs, such as inertial confinement fusion, nuclear weapons programs, including core and enhanced surveillance, directed stockpile and lifetime extension programs, global security, homeland defense, and civilian applications of materials technologies. MST-7 personnel include scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, and administrative support personnel, who team within the group and with other organizations to fulfill our various missions.
The Biosecurity and Public Health ( B-10) Group's capabilities are integrated genomics, biochemistry, structural biology, synthetic biology and host pathogen biology. Its focus areas include biofuels, biomaterials, biosynthesis, terrestrial biosystems, environmental impacts, biosurveillance, CB threat science, health effects and countermeasures.
Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid maternity and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Life at the Lab
Northern New Mexico has an abundance of wildlife, culture, and adventures
58 Miles of hiking trails in around and Los Alamos
Los Alamos County rated #3 Best Counties to Live In by USA Today
Six ski resorts located within 100 miles of the lab
Award winning family friendly culture
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Vacancy Name: IRC86294
Organization Name MST-7/Polymers & Coatings
Req ID: IRC86294