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Genomics Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 05/15/2024

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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.

Pay Range
$159,330.00  - $204,636.00  Annually

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Research Scientist with extensive experience using next-generation sequencing to join our team as a Genomics Specialist. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in NGS-based assay and process development, expertise in molecular biology, and a track record of success in developing NGS-based analysis pipelines for both existing and novel protocols. If you are a self-motivated individual who thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, and who is passionate about using display technologies to discover and optimize new proteins, we encourage you to apply.

In this role you will:

  • Develop an efficient pipeline for automated NGS library preparation (in conjunction with automation engineers).
  • Build and maintain bioinformatics QC and analytical pipelines to support data generation goals.
  • Leverage knowledge of current NGS landscape to inform selection and support strategic acquisition of key infrastructure.
  • Supervise and train junior staff in the daily operation of a high-capacity sequencing facility.
  • Work collaboratively with other scientists and research teams to integrate and apply high-throughput DNA-based technologies to enhance data generation efforts.
  • Work with project team members to establish and maintain rigorous methods for sequence data annotation and documentation.


  • PhD (or M.S. with 5+ years experience) in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, or another relevant field.
  • Strong knowledge of the state of the art in NGS methods, instruments, and data analysis techniques.
  • Significant ability to work collaboratively with researchers from diverse fields, including computational and experimental biologists, and provide scientific guidance, support, and leadership as needed.
  • Significant ability to prioritize and manage multiple concurrent projects and tasks.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and successfully communicate technical information.
  • Familiarity with laboratory operations and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Working knowledge of and experience with modern DNA assembly methods and high-throughput molecular cloning.
  • Significant experience designing and/or building large variant gene libraries.
  • Significant experience with high-throughput methods and automation.
  • Significant experience with LIMS-like systems to support technical operations and documentation.
  • Ability to distill complex, technical concepts for productive communication with vendors, program sponsors, community members, and other stakeholders.
  • Significant experience with antibodies and/or related biomolecules.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and project management skills.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years.  If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained (should funding allow).

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

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.

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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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