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Musculoskeletal - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/15/2023

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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.

Pay Range:

$108,840 Annually

Job Description

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

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in the area of musculoskeletal biology. You will actively study the effect of trauma on bones and joints, with the aim of identifying therapeutic approaches that prevent the development of post traumatic osteoarthritis. This position is in the Human and Health Sciences group in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research in the field of musculoskeletal biology, exploring biomechanics of bone and cartilage, characterizing the molecular changes (transcriptional/proteomic) of the injured joint to understand how post-traumatic osteoarthritis develops.
  • Design, implement, and analyze experiments for the characterization of bone-cartilage interaction, use spatial transcriptomics/proteomics to quantify cartilage and bone metabolism and turnover.
  • Evaluate potential cell based and pharmaceutical therapies for the prevention of post traumatic osteoarthritis.
  • Organize, analyze, and present data from research at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment and other national laboratories and industry to accomplish research goals. 
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Systems Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics or Quantitative Biology or related field, with emphasis in musculoskeletal biology, bone disease or post-traumatic osteoarthritis.
  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: animal models of disease, in vivo imaging and phenotyping animals with genetic modifications. 
  • Experience with histology, molecular biology, delivering drugs and reagents to animal models, isolating tissues, processing tissues.
  • Experience performing bulk and scRNA sequencing and analysis
  • Experience with cell sorting, immunohistochemistry, purifying cell sub-populations from tissues
  • Ability to manage and perform large scale experiments
  • 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 surgical and non-invasive animal models of post-traumatic osteoarthritis.
  • Experience with cellular and tissue culture.
  • Experience with RNA sequencing and analysis and with cell sorting, immunohistochemistry, immune profiling.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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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