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Postdoctoral Researcher - Molecular Biology

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/18/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in the field of synthetic biology by conducting research for containment of genetically engineered bacteria. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers who are passionate about achieving success while solving some of nation’s greatest challenges. This position is in the Systems and Synthetic Biology group in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

In this role you will 

  • Conduct research in biophysics, microbiology, molecular biology, or related fields.
  • Conduct work with proteins, bacteria, and eukaryotic cells for structure/function studies and live cell imaging experiments.
  • Design and develop research projects focused on addressing defined problems.
  • Present formal and informal overviews of progress in experimental work at regular meetings.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols, an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook including complete records of experiments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Microbiology or related field.
  • Experience with recombinant protein expression and purification.
  • Experience with biophysical characterization of proteins.
  • Experience with bacterial cell culture.
  • Experience working on basic research projects and the ability to understand and analyze experimental results.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with tissue culture and protein crystallization.
  • Experience with preparing samples for electron microscopy and preparing cell samples for fluorescence microscopy
  • Experience with computer programming

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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