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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2/3 in Soil Microbial Ecology & Carbon Cycling in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74803


Job Title Scientist 2/3 in Soil Microbial Ecology & Carbon Cycling

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name B-11/Bioenergy & Biome Sciences

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applications for a Scientist 2/3 position in the Bioscience (B) Division at LANL.

A position is available in a research program focused on soil microbial carbon cycling and climate feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems. Successful candidates will work closely with a team of staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, and external collaborators. The Scientist 2/3 will contribute to implementing the current program, expanding the program through writing successful research proposals for internal and external funding, and developing new mission‐relevant science programs.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2/Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

What You Need

Scientist 2 ($89,000 - $148,300)

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • PhD in a biological science (experimental or computational)

  • Research experience related to terrestrial microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling

  • Expertise in applied genomics or meta-‘omics techniques (preferred mix of about 60/40 experimental/computational skills)

  • Demonstrated experience writing proposals, collaborating with colleagues and interfacing with customers

  • Ability to develop new approaches to solve scientific problems

  • Strong record of peer reviewed publications and presentations at prominent scientific meetings

  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English language

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance

Scientist 3 ($98,900 - $165,100)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 position requires:

  • Experience with strategic planning activities

  • Successful track record supervising research students and/or postdocs

  • Record of research support as lead-PI of externally funded grants over a 3-5 year period

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a strategic research program

Education Requirement (minimum):

  • PhD in a biological science (experimental or computational) in a relevant discipline.

  • 2-5 years of postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline.

Interested candidates should apply online to www.lanl.gov/careers .

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards 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 (Santa Fe area), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science in support of our commitment to National Security. LANL ensures the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile while developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns.

Within the Bioscience division, the Biosecurity and Public Health (B‐10) group specializes in methods to understand and prevent the spread of infectious disease, supporting a wide range of sponsors. The group uses advanced genomic technologies and bioinformatics strategies in diverse applications to identify and detect disease. Other areas of focus are molecular mechanisms of host‐pathogen interactions; identification of new disease biomarkers; and analyzing and engineering biomolecules for drug development. The Bioenergy and Biome Sciences (B‐11) group focuses on understanding and harnessing microbes/microbiomes for applications in climate, energy, and food security. Members of the group work on microbiome characterization, elucidation of biochemical pathways, structural biology, enzyme function discovery and organic synthesis,enhancing biomass growth, oil production and photosynthetic efficiency in biofuel feedstocks.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Frary, Suzanne R

Email suzannef@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC74803