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Los Alamos National Laboratory Graduate Research Assistant in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applications for a graduate research assistant position in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group (B-11) of the Bioscience Division.

The graduate research a assistant position is available in the DOE BER Terrestrial Microbial Carbon Science Focus Area. This research program focuses on microbial carbon cycling and climate feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems (https://www.lanl.gov/science-innovation/science-programs/office-of-science-programs/biological-environmental-research/sfa-microbial-carbon.php). The program uses meta-‘omic strategies to investigate how natural variation in microbial composition can drive large, persistent variation in carbon flow from plant litter decomposition. A successful candidate will work on experiments and data analysis linking microbial composition to ecosystem functioning.

Successful candidates will work closely with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, and external collaborators.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Microbiology laboratory skills

  • Prior experience with data analysis, programming in R

  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English language

  • Three strong letters of reference

Education/Experience :Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate program and successfully complete a minimum of 6 graduate credit hour per semester (or equivalent to full time enrollment). All students must remain enrolled in their university while working at the Lab during the academic year.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with analysis of microbial sequencing data (e.g., amplicon, metagenome, metatranscriptome)

Note to Applicants:

This is an internship position. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate program and successfully complete a minimum of 6 graduate credit hour per semester (or equivalent to full time enrollment). All students must remain enrolled in their university while working at the Lab during the academic year.

Interested candidates should e-mail a curriculum vitae and names of references to Dr. Michaeline Albright ( malbright@lanl.gov ).

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.

Where You Will Work

Teams within the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) perform research in a broad array of applications of biotechnology and life sciences, working to solve national bioenergy and biosecurity challenges—from naturally occurring or manmade threats—requiring an in-depth understanding of pathogens, plants, and human disease.

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.

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.

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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 call1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Appointment Type



Vacancy Name: IRC86143
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Req ID: IRC86143
Category: Student - Graduate