Protein Engineering Postdoc

What You Will Do

The Biochemistry and Technology Group (B-TEK) of the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos

National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral research

associate position in Protein Engineering. The position is available immediately.

The successful candidate will work closely with a team of staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers,

students and technicians as a part of a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary research project that combines

protein engineering, computational protein modeling and design and high-throughput selection

and characterization of protein candidates

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience with molecular biology, protein chemistry
  • Knowledge of protein structures and understanding protein structure-function relationships
  • A strong publication record (e.g. 3 to 4 publications arising from Ph.D.)
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in the English language
  • Ability and eagerness to work in a collaborative team environment

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in a relevant STEM field such as computational Biology, Chemistry or Physics completed within the last 5 years.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Deep knowledge in protein engineering and high-throughput selection methods
  • Experience working with large libraries of protein variants
  • Experience working with phage display and/or yeast display
  • Demonstrate strong experimental skills in molecular biology, protein expression, purification and characterization.
  • Experience with analytical characterization methods such as SEC, HPLC, MS, NMR

Salary: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. Starting salary for a new graduate is currently $94,500. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at .

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.

Note to Applicants:

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

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 and any

of the desired skills, if applicable. In addition to applying online, applicants may email

their CV and cover letter to Hau Nguyen ( Applicants are not required to

have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is

encouraged to apply.
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 childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ 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.

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. 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.

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, 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.