Genomics & Bioinformatics Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

What You Will Do

The Genomics and Bioanalytics Group (B-GEN) within Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)'s Bioscience Division is seeking one or more experienced Scientists to join our Group. B-GEN houses LANL's flagship capabilities in applied genomics, sequencing, and bioinformatics and applies these skills to tackle a variety of energy and national security challenges. Research in B-GEN spans next generation sequencing, metagenomics, digital biosecurity, multi-omics, big data analytics, encapsulation, microbial experimentation, one health, ecology, DNA data storage, and signature discovery.

This position will be filled at the Scientist 2/3 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.

Scientist 2

You will serve as a co-investigator and execute research projects to apply the capabilities within B-GEN. As such, you will perform, conduct, and/or coordinate research projects to meet program/sponsor requirements and customer expectations. The candidate will have demonstrated technical knowledge in genomics, bioinformatics, and/or computational biology (including machine learning, statistics, data visualization), and work with other team members to achieve milestones for several projects on developing standardized (and new) tools for microbiome data analytics, integrating various biological data and ML methods to predict sequence to function from genetic/genomic data and raw sequencing data, advancing experimental and computational methods for pan-pathogen and pathogen-agnostic detection platforms, developing data visualization methods for the above complex data/results. The candidate would further be encouraged to pursue as PI, or as part of a collaborative effort, additional funding for projects that expand upon the current projects or broaden our area or research in an effort to further advance our team's experise, goals and that support LANL mission.

Scientist 3
In addition to what was outlined at the Scientist 2 level, at this level, you will serve as principal investigator or co-PI and will build a research program to extend/enhance the various capabilities within B-GEN. As such, you will help direct, coordinate, and/or execute research projects to meet program/sponsor requirements and customer expectations. The candidate will have demonstrated technical knowledge in genomics, bioinformatics, and/or computational biology (including machine learning, statistics, data visualization). The candidate will be responsible for progress and reporting deliverables to sponsors for several projects that can span: developing standardized (and new) tools for microbiome data analytics, integrating various biological data and ML methods to predict sequence to function from genetic/genomic data and raw sequencing data, advancing experimental and computational methods for pan-pathogen and pathogen-agnostic detection platforms, developing data visualization methods for the above complex data/results. The candidate would further seek funding as PI and in collaboration with the team, for additional projects that further advance our team's expertise, goals and tie in with ongoing LANL mission science.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Develop innovative, microbial experimentation and/or advanced genomics and related molecular biology concepts, theories, NGS methods, techniques and approaches to address specialized problems in national security genome sciences by expanding on existing efforts or establishing novel research directions.
  • Lead technical R&D, including (but not limited to) proposal development, publications, presentations, reports, intellectual property, technical reports, etc
  • Lead technical decision-making and offer recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives.
  • Develop and implement project management plans, including scope, schedule, and budget, for small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks.
  • Participate in professional societies, special assignments, and/or external collaborations.
  • Actively mentor and supervise project staff (research techologists, postdocs, graduate students) and help them pursue career enhancement opportunities
  • Acquire internal/external funding for self and optimally others through leading development of small to moderate proposals.
  • Foster a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate broad scientific/technical knowledge across biological disciplines and/or people to develop specialized, state-of-the-art solutions for an extensive and diverse range of complex biological problems Lead technical decision-making at major project level. Makes decisions and/or recommendations that guide the successful completion of major programs.
  • Develop and implement plans for new and significant project development opportunities and lead the development of large, complex proposals. Acquire internal/external funding for self and others.


Education/Experience at Scientist 2 level: Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology or related STEM field from an accredited college or university and 4 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at Scientist 3 level: Position requires a Master's degree in a Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology or related STEM field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in a Genomics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Molecular Biology, Computer Science or related technical displcine.
  • Extensive experience with bioinformatics tools and the development of custom pipelines for genomics, proteomics, or other omics data analysis.
  • Proficiency in languages such as Python, R, C++, Java, with the ability to write clean, efficient, and well-documented code.
  • Proficiency with cloud platforms for deploying scalable bioinformatics pipelines and managing large datasets. Familiarity with big data technologies (e.g., Hadoop, Spark) is a plus.
  • Advanced skills in database design, management, and query languages for handling complex biological databases.
  • Experience with containerization tools and workflow management systems to ensure reproducibility and scalability of bioinformatics analyses.
  • Understanding of key laboratory techniques, if the position requires bridging computational and experimental work.
  • Ability and desire to obtain a Q clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Experience building multi-institution scientific collaborations

Work Environment: This position will require some domestic travel and may require occasional foreign travel. The work location of this position will be located in Los Alamos, NM. All locations are subject to manager discretion.

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.

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position. 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

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 1-505-665-4444 option 1.