Date Posted: Jan 29, 2018
We are seeking a uniquely qualified interdisciplinary scientist to conduct research in the area of synthetic biology as applied to a variety of engineering systems for chemical and biological defense applications. On any given day, you may be called on to do the following: + Genetic tool development, cell cultivation and manipulation, and physiological characterization; + Active participation in laboratory management, mentoring student interns, and writing publications; + Have a focus on design, construction and analysis of synthetic biology and gene editing technologies; + Work within multidisciplinary team that includes capabilities in high resolution biological imaging, protein chemistry, immunology, material science and microbiology to develop innovative solutions in bioenergy and chemical and biological defense.
+ PhD in a relevant scientific discipline (such as chemical or biomedical engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology or chemistry) with relevant postdoctoral experience in an area related to synthetic biology; + Highly skilled in the areas of gene editing and synthetic biology; + Direct, hands-on experience in the following areas: synthetic gene/construct design, delivery and analysis of gene editing constructs; + Skill required in common molecular biology techniques including recombinant DNA manipulation and protein production and characterization as well as standard analytical techniques (spectroscopy, microscopy, etc.). + Demonstrate a strong record of technical achievement as evidenced by a consistent track record of quality publications in high-impact scientific journals as well as a demonstrated ability to conduct creative independent research.
+ Extensive experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Ggenomics (to include genome and transcriptome characterization);
- Nnucleic acid biochemistry;
- Synthetic compartmentalization and nanomaterials.
The Bioenergy and Defense Technologies department, which is part of Sandia's Biological and Engineering Sciences Center, supports mission areas in biodefense, emerging infectious disease, and biofuels. The department conducts fundamental and applied research in cell biology, immunology, nanomaterials and microbiology. The focus is on the development and use of advanced enabling technologies such as fluorescence microscopy, vibrational spectroscopies, X-ray and neutron scattering, and chemometric data analysis tools to study biological systems of interest to biofuels development and biodefense. Current research projects include developing nanoparticles for drug and vaccine delivery, understanding receptor activation and cell signaling processes, novel pathogen detection approaches, plant physiology, cellulase enzymes, as well as algal biochemistry and cultivation characterization for biofuels applications. We conduct research for the National Institutes of Health, Basic Energy Sciences, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, U.S. Industry, Department of Health and Human Services and Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research & Development program.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance. Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
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