Postdoctoral Researcher in Microfluidics (Emeryville)

Location
Emeryville, California
Salary
DoE
Posted
Oct 27, 2020
Closes
Nov 18, 2020
Ref
673350
Field of specialization
Engineering, Green Chemistry, Physical
Job Type
Temporary

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

:

We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Scientist to join a diverse research team involving analytical chemists, physical chemists, engineers and biologists working to apply microfluidics in support of bioenergy and biomass conversion research at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (www.jbei.org). We are developing ground breaking microfluidics for assembly of genes, screening of bacterial mutants for evolution of enzymes, high throughput enzyme and metabolite assays, and analysis of biomass constituents such as lignins. The research will involve work with lab-on-a-chip techniques, microfabrication, and adapting assays to microfluidic format

On any given day, may be called on to do the following:

  • Microfluidic device design and fabrication
  • Implement biology protocols in a microfluidic platform (synthetic biology, molecular biology, biochemistry)
  • Interface the chip with electrochemical or fluorescence detectors
  • Collaborate with molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists and engineers

Required:

  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a related field;
  • Hands-on experience in performing assays in microfluidic devices;
  • Experience in design and fabrication of microfluidic/MEMS devices;
  • A strong record of high technical achievement as evidenced by publication in high-impact scientific journals and national conferences.

Desired:

  • Experience/expertise with any of the following:
  • Biomass/biomass conversion
  • Molecular biology techniques
  • Polymer or synthetic chemistry
  • Surface modification and characterization methods
  • Fluid dynamics theory and modeling
  • Automation and control (e.g. MATLAB, Arduino)

Department Description:

Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department, located in Livermore, and Emeryville, CA, performs both basic and applied biological and bioengineering research with broad applications in national security. We address problems such as biodefense and health security, developing advanced technology including micro- and nanofluidics and engineered automated systems, and new research approaches which include gene-editing and novel nanomaterials. We also address national energy security by developing the science and engineering required to be able to produce clean, efficient, and cost-effective biofuels, specialty chemicals and polymers on a commercial scale. This work is carried out in partnership with the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) as well as other external academic and commercial partners. The department is highly multidisciplinary and is comprised of researchers with expertise in many disciplines of biology, chemistry and engineering.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • 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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.