Postdoctoral Appointee-Global Chemical and Biological Security Risk Analyst

Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 23, 2019
Jun 22, 2019
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, General / Technical
Job Type

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security?

Sandia’s Global Chemical and Biological Security Program (GCBS) strengthens our partners’ capacities to safely, securely, and responsibly detect, handle, and control dangerous biological and chemical agents. Our vision is a global community secure from existing and emerging chemical and biological threats. We design and execute numerous technical projects related to chemical and biological security, including but not limited to: global, regional, and country-specific analysis and assessments; chemical and biological risk management and mitigation; chemical and biological security system analysis, design, and implementation; and global training in the areas of chemical and biological security. Projects span analytical research and on-the-ground implementation around the world, including in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join our team and contribute to multiple projects, with a focus on technical risk analysis. In this role, you will be expected to perform technical analyses to advise internal and external stakeholders in addressing strategic international, national, and program-specific problems related to chemical and biological security. This will include conducting analyses of current and emerging threats to global chemical and biological security and utilizing the results of these analyses to shape GCBS strategy. You will be responsible for developing technical recommendations and capturing them in substantive reports for government sponsors. In addition, you are expected to work closely with other GCBS Department members to support broader GCBS initiatives such as promoting and supporting global chemical and biological risk management by contributing technical information and expertise relevant to the chemical and biological risk management field, and related disciplines. Further, independent analysis of departmental systems, objectives and metrics is desired to build upon the technical expertise within the department as well as the ability to discover or synthesize unique tools or approaches to aid in chemical and biological risk management implementation around the world. You should create new understandings and capabilities, using risk analysis approaches to bring disparate information together to solve complex system issues and identify future chemical and biological risk management development activity to support GCBS initiatives. You are expected to interface directly with current and future program sponsors and develop and maintain effective professional relationships with GCBS team members, SMEs within Sandia, and sponsor representatives. You should possess, and be able to continually develop, cooperative/collaborative relationships with US and international partners and contacts. Your role may require some amount of domestic and international travel - primarily to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa - so you must be willing to travel both domestically and internationally.

About Sandia:

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  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


  • You have a PhD in a field related to risk analysis, or a combination of a PhD in a technical field related to the work of the department, such as chemistry, microbiology, or chemical engineering, plus experience in risk analysis.
  • You have demonstrated the ability to design, plan, and execute analytical projects
  • You can obtain a DOE Q clearance


Ideally, your background will also include:

  • You possess multidisciplinary technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position
  • You have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex system issues and ideas to customers and/or stakeholders
  • Experience in the application of risk analysis to address national or international security problems is highly desirable
  • Experience in the utilization of modeling and/or simulation tools to model interfaces and interactions between the components of robust solutions to complex national security problems
  • Knowledge and/or experience in international security issues, including chemical and biological nonproliferation and/or counter-terrorism
  • Candidates with a scientific background or training in disciplines relevant to the work of 6820 including chemistry, chemical safety, chemical engineering, microbiology, bioinformatics, public health, veterinary medicine, etc.
  • Successful candidates will be able to learn quickly and have strong written, analytical, interpersonal, verbal and presentation skills, be able to work productively in a diverse and multidisciplinary team environment
  • Knowledge of, and proven ability to work in/with, foreign cultures and environments
  • Desire to affect global security issues from a technical perspective
  • Broad awareness of Sandia National Labs nonproliferation capabilities and goals
  • Current and active DOE Q clearance

Department Description:

The Global Chemical and Biological Security (GCBS) is multidisciplinary and focuses on advancing international threat reduction goals by promoting safe, secure and responsible use of dangerous biological and chemical agents around the globe. GCBS provides specific technical advice to the US Government on issues related to WMD nonproliferation, counter-chemical and biological weapons terrorism, and has projects in the following areas: security system analysis, design and implementation; agent risk prioritization; outbreak control and management; information control and management; training in the areas of biosafety, chemical safety, security, risk awareness, disease surveillance and diagnostics, and related topics; and global, regional, and country-specific analysis and assessments. These projects involve both US interests as well as those of various foreign countries and international organizations.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.