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Biomaterials - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 10/28/2021

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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

NOTE: This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.

We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research at the interface between biology and materials science.  You will actively participate in research to develop biomaterials for critical metal recovery from a range of source materials and across a range of scales. This position is in the systems and synthetic biology group in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research at the interface of biological and materials science.
  • Design and characterize cell and protein-based biomaterials.
  • Develop scalable biomaterial-based methods for separation of critical metals from feed solutions
  • Develop research plans, generate results, and publish peer-reviewed papers.
  • Work with other scientists to write proposals and expand our program into new areas aligned with your expertise and interests.
  • Write reports to funding agencies and participate in scientific conferences.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meeting.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Synthetic Biology, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a relevant field with a strong emphasis in biomaterials.
  • Interdisciplinary training that spans biology, chemistry, and engineering (OR Broad training that spans the biological sciences and engineering).
  • Experience using materials science to enhance biological function. This might include immobilization of cells or proteins in hydrogel/polymer matrices.
  • 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 in culturing bacteria and/or protein purification
  • Experience with column chromatography and analytical techniques.
  • Experience in bioinorganic chemistry
  • Experience using synthetic biology for bio-derived material production
  • Knowledge in microscopy, electron microscopy, and mass spectroscopy techniques.

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

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