Display Technologies - Molecular Biology Research Technician 3

What You Will Do

The Bioscience Division (B) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a motivated and ambitious Research Technician. Join our team in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to developing therapeutics and diagnostics tailored to meet the needs of our soldiers, and work on matters of national security!

The ideal candidate will have protein engineering experience to select affinity reagents (e.g., antibodies, peptides, etc.) for therapeutic and/or diagnostic applications, and for generating machine learning training sets. In this role, the candidate will design and execute experiments independently; develop new protocols; work collaboratively; keep impeccable records of experimental procedures, data, and results; mentor students; present and discuss results; and write reports.

You will collaborate closely with motivated individuals from various scientific disciplines across LANL, including students, post-docs, technicians, scientists, and project managers, and work for sponsors ranging from government agencies to international partners. Not only will you have access to cutting-edge instrumentation, but you'll also benefit from fast-track promotion opportunities, with technicians potentially transitioning to technologists and higher depending of the academic degree.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Strong background in protein engineering.
  • Experience with high throughput protein characterization using a variety of methods: Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), flow cytometry, display technology, etc.
  • High proficiency in cloning, general molecular biology techniques, and microbiology.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in the English language.
  • Excellent record keeping and sample cataloging.
  • Ability and eagerness to work in a collaborative team environment.
Education/Experience: Associate degree in a STEM field and minimum of 3 years of related research experience, or a combination of education and experience.

Desired Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant STEM field.
  • Hands on experience with yeast and/or phage display technologies
  • Knowledge of various deep sequencing platforms (e.g. PacBio, Illumina, Nanopore MinION, etc.)
  • High throughput SPR (e.g. Carterra LSA)
  • Knowledge of the development of machine learning architectures
  • Experience with training machine learning algorithms on biological/chemical datasets

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Notes to Applicants: The position is for one year, with additional years possible based on performance. The application package consists of a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements. In addition to applying online, applicants may email their CV and cover letter to Mietta Lillo (alillo@lanl.gov). While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grown into the full salary band over time.

Where You Will Work

The Bioscience Division (B) at LANL 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.

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 (PTO)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 1-505-664-6947 option 2.