Scientist 2/3 (Bio-Analytical Chemist) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientist 2/3 (Bio-Analytical Chemist)

What You Will Do

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world. The B11 Group is looking for a highly motivated, productive, and multi-talented scientist to pursue research within a growing team of scientists working on mass spectrometry analysis of biomolecules. The laboratory focuses on host response, mechanism of action, and biomarker identification due to various chemical, biological, and radiological insults. Specifically the laboratory is seeking to advance the mass spectrometry multi-omics research space developing holistic workflows in proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolomics. Successful candidates should have experience leading and working across multiple programs simultaneously. The candidate should be equally comfortable working independently and leading a team. This includes other scientists, post-doctoral researchers, technicians, and students. You will be expected to publish scientific results in high-impact peer reviewed journals and present your work at conferences including international venues. The candidate will be expected to support current efforts and propose new efforts internally and externally.

Scientist 2 $96,100 - $159,000

The Scientist 2 will support and develop programmatic and R&D efforts on multidisciplinary projects involving biosecurity, bioenergy, biophysical chemistry and structural biology. You will be a key contributor to the growth and productivity of the Division by developing new mission-relevant science programs utilizing your skills to execute in the laboratory and by writing research proposals that successfully compete for internal and external funding. Working with peers, this position will be responsible for the development, implementation and completion of project objectives and will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports, formal presentations and peer reviewed publications.

Scientist 3 $115,500 - $194,900

The Scientist 3 will lead programmatic and research and development efforts on multidisciplinary projects involving biosecurity, bioenergy, biophysical chemistry and structural biology. You will be a key contributor to the growth and productivity of the Division by developing new mission-relevant science programs utilizing your skills to execute in the laboratory and by writing research proposals that successfully compete for internal and external funding with DOE, DOD, DARPA, IARPA, and IC sponsors. Working with peers, this position will be responsible for the development, implementation and completion of project objectives and will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports, formal presentations and peer reviewed publications. You will successfully collaborate with LANL scientists in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, computational chemistry, and engineering.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated expertise in analytical chemistry
  • Broad fundamental knowledge of mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography
  • Expertise in analysis of biomolecules, including proteins, lipids, and metabolites
  • Familiarity with robotic sample preparation for high sample volume throughput
  • Applicants must have experience using, developing, and maintaining portable/miniaturized mass spectrometry systems and translating methods to these platforms from laboratory grade systems.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills which are demonstrated through leading roles (corresponding or first author) in scientific literature.
  • Demonstrated record of interactions with government funding agencies, including funding processes for basic and applied science.
  • Experienced serving as a principle investigator or co-investigator
  • Experience with the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of various mass spectrometers including Thermo Fisher Orbitraps.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Recognized as a technical expert in a relevant chemical/biochemical discipline that aligns with research in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group of the Bioscience Division
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge and experience writing proposals, collaborating with colleagues, and interfacing with customers
  • Ability to independently develop new approaches to solve a diverse range of complex scientific problems
  • Proven skills in delivering technical presentations and reports
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record
  • Proven contributions to Strategic planning activities
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direction, lead programs, and secure funding
  • Ability to obtain a Q-clearance which usually requires US citizenship

Education/Experience at lower level: Positions requires a Bachelor' degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Master's degree in a 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.

At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge/experience in mass spectrometry based multi-omics, data acquisition methods, and interpretation of results.
  • Experience with multiple ambient ionization techniques including MALDI, ESI, Nanospray, DBDI, SESI, and EI is a plus.
  • Experience applying MS-based omics to samples derived from in vitro, in vivo, and organ-on-a-chip systems.
  • Familiarity handling regulated hazardous waste per state and federal guidelines; chemical and biological.
  • PhD. In a STEM field
  • Background in biological materials with a focus on natural product synthesis and synthetic method development
  • Knowledge of physical organic chemistry and forensics techniques
  • Active Q clearance

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine:The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
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 for 1 year.

Note to Applicants: In addition to a resume, please provide a detailed cover letter addressing both the required and desired skills listed for this position.Qualified candidates can email a copy of your CV and cover letter, or any questions to Phillip Mach (mach@lanl.gov) and Trevor Glaros (tglaros@lanl.gov).

Division/ Group Overview

Bioscience Division (B) 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. The mission of the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences (B-11) group includes enhancing biomass growth, oil production and photosynthetic efficiency in biofuel feedstocks. Members of the group work on microbiome characterization, elucidation of biochemical pathways, structural biology, enzyme function discovery and organic synthesis.
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 (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

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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: 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.Employment StatusFull Time