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Los Alamos National Laboratory Bioscience Post-Bachelor's Student Research Assistant in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Bioscience Division is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic post-bachelor’s student interested in performing research in the areas of molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, and epigenetics. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists and postdocs on a project that focuses on understanding how viruses alter the human epigenome during infection. The student will be expected to contribute to maintaining mammalian (human) cell cultures, perform viral infections, and complete molecular biology experiments. Student training will include techniques for assessing epigenetic modifications, including DNA methylation and histone modifications using various methods. The ideal student must be meticulous in their work, self-starting, independent, and able to communicate in a professional manner. The term of the appointment is 1 to 2 years. Depending on the performance of the student and funding availability, there are opportunities to extend the appointment by transitioning to other types of LANL positions.

The student will also act as a representative for the Biomass & Biodiversity Team by attending group and team meetings. Responsibilities include conducting research and reporting results back to the team at weekly meetings. In addition, the student is encouraged to attend seminars and other LANL functions to expand her knowledge base and broaden interests. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in networking and social events.

Interested individuals must first ensure they meet LANL’s Student Program’s eligibility requirements (included below). You may also obtain more information about pay structure, expectations, and other internship opportunities, please visit the LANL website: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/student-internships/index.php

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • General background in biology, molecular biology, microbiology

  • Demonstrated experience with molecular biology techniques

  • Demonstrated experience in collection of data for cellular characteristics (i.e. cell culture)

  • Familiarity with good laboratory practices and biological experiment design

  • Demonstrated competency with computers and software applications for word processing, data processing, and data visualization

  • Ability to maintain and record work performed, data obtained, as well as write and follow detailed protocols

  • Ability to understand and present research results clearly and succinctly in both written and oral formats

  • Ability to comfortably work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week on a consistent schedule

  • Ability to manage time and see tasks to completion

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ideally, the candidate has interest and/or experience in one or more of the following: biomedical research, virology, immunology; techniques: viral infection methods, mass spectrometry, Western blot/immunoblotting, epigenetics analysis (DNA methylation quantification, histone extraction and quantification).

Education : A bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or related technical field obtained at the time of hire or within the past 3 years, but have not yet been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program. Must have completed degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.

Notes to Applicant: Please submit the following through the LANL application system: 1)A brief cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills; 2)A current CV/resume that includes educational background, degree dates, GPA, technical skills, and a list of three references and their contact information.Only complete applications with both a cover letter and CV/resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

Additional Details

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. 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)

Bioscience Division (B) comprises a diverse group of experimentalists and computer scientists who work closely with other interdisciplinary scientists across the Laboratory. Their work serves the Nation by developing science and technology to reduce natural and deliberate threats to human populations, their way of life, and the global environment.

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Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Sutton, Jennifer Anne
Email jsutton@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC82016
Organization Name B-11/Bioenergy and Biome Sciences
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC82016
Category: Student - Post Bachelor