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Los Alamos National Laboratory Synthetic Biology Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group of the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral research associate position in synthetic biology. The positionis available within the next 1 – 4 months.The postdoc willwork closely with a large team of Ph.D. staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and techniciansas part of amulti-disciplinary research project within the Agile Biofoundry ( https://agilebiofoundry.org ). The Host Onboarding Team focused ondeveloping non-traditional hosts into bioproduction chassis. The primary focus for the position will be to develop transformation methods, genetic manipulation tools, reporters, biosensors and gene regulatory systems for non-traditional hosts.The postdoc will have the option of contributing to another project investigating uranium reduction by cytochromes and flavins.Experience with anaerobic systems is required. The successful candidate should have a strong publication record, open mind to explore boundaries of scientific fields, and ability to effectively communicate with researches with varied backgrounds. The postdoctoral research associate is expected to publish results of the work in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present at well-known conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in a STEM field received within the last 5 years

  • Expertise in synthetic biology/genetic engineering.

  • Demonstrated strong experimental skills in anaerobic microbiology

  • A strong publication record (e.g. 3 to 4 publications arising from Ph.D.)

  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English language

Desired Skills (skills that are nice to have, but not necessary)

  • Experience working with non-traditional host microorganisms, including fungi

  • Experience developing genetic modification tools and/or transformation techniques in microorganisms

  • Experience in biosensors and/or riboswitch platforms

  • Experience with extremophiles

  • Protein purification and characterization

The position is for two years, with a third year possible contingent on excellent performance.

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, go to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php.

Education: Ph.D. in Synthetic biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or closely related discipline completed within the last 5 years.

Additional Details:

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.

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 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.

C-CDE is an applied technology organization focused on resolving national security-related issues in stockpile manufacturing and support, surveillance, applied and basic energy sciences, threat reduction, public health, and the environment. The group's core approach involves the integrated development and application of technologies utilizing underlying scientific expertise inAnalytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Polymers, Bioscience, Chemical Process Development, and Chemical Engineering. C-CDE engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization and development, weapons support, and environmental mitigation. The highly interdisciplinary nature of these activities requires scientists and engineers who can seamlessly operate within, and transition between, traditional academic disciplines.The Group’s research includes both fundamental and applied science. The successful candidate will work as part of this dynamic group developing cutting-edge approaches to tackle pressing national and global challenges, and collaborating closely with researchers from the fields of biology and chemistry.

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