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Biology - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 03/16/2023

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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

We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate viral evolution and pathogenesis using in vitro and in vivo assays, deep sequence analysis, and reverse genetics.  You will join an interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of virology, immunology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.  This position is in Microbiology and Immunology Group of the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

In this role you will

  • Design and conduct in vitro and in vivo experiments in virology, molecular biology, and immunology in support of studies aimed at elucidating the mechanisms of viral variant emergence and genotype to phenotype predictions.
  • Perform innovative research in the area of virus evolution, sequence analysis, and genomic/proteomic data mining.
  • Employ cellular and molecular characterization on tissue such as histology, flow cytometry, qPCR, etc.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory
  • Present formal and informal overviews of experimental progress 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.


  • PhD in Virology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or a related field.
  • Expertise in working with in vivo models of infectious disease and/or characterizing in vivo immune responses.
  • Proficiency isolating and processing tissues for cellular and molecular analyses
  • Proficiency working with mammalian cell culture and propagation of viruses
  • Proficiency with one or more cellular/molecular characterization techniques, such as flow cytometry, histology, RT-PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, sequencing, etc.
  • 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 NGS analysis and bioinformatics
  • Experience with reverse genetic methods for manipulation of RNA virus genomes

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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None required.  However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.) 

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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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