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Biophysicist Staff Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

Science and Technology on a Mission!
For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.  

We have an opening for a highly motivated Staff Scientist to conduct research in multiscale modeling and simulation, specifically with expertise in software development, molecular dynamics simulations, and analysis. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team working with other national laboratories.  You will be responsible for developing new software algorithms, writing code, understanding the requirements for each simulation scale, and creating innovative analysis tools.  You will work with a team of computational biologists, physicists, and material scientists and  experimental biologist and computer scientists to create a novel machine-learned multiscale capability to understand protein function on cellular membranes.  This position is in the Biochemical and Biophysical Systems group of the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

In this role you will:

  • Conduct advanced independent research to create a novel high performance computing multiscale capability.
  • Contribute to the software development of the multiscale capability.
  • Perform and automate high throughput molecular dynamics simulations to predict protein function.
  • Develop new analytics to analyze results from complex simulations.
  • Develop collaborations with external partners (Universities, Industry, other National Laboratories) to advance computational biology simulation efforts.
  • Prepare complex and detailed weekly progress reports to support project needs and deadlines. Prepare complex written analyses and verbal briefings, and present research results at corporate meetings.
  • Develop new and innovative research methods relevant to the needs of Laboratory programs and/or external funding agencies and Interact with senior project staff and management to influence programmatic decisions.
  • Write proposals, secure funding, and establish independent research projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Computational Physics or Computational Chemistry or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience in a broad spectrum of R&D in multiscale simulations and machine learning .
  • Significant experience at the postdoctoral or higher level in the field of molecular dynamics simulations, machine learning, and statistical mechanics.
  • Ability to work independently on defined research projects, as well as a member of a team.  
  • Advanced computer skills including programming experience with perl, python, or C++, preferably in a UNIX environment.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field of molecular modeling and simulations.
  • Ability to travel, as necessary, to interact with sponsors, customers and collaborators.
  • Advanced written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deliver presentations, prepare written reports and to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience collaborating with experimental biologists.

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

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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.

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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.

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