Postdoctoral Appointee - Biophysics/Biomolecular Materials

Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Salary
DoE
Posted
Mar 11, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Ref
675508
Field of specialization
Biological, Biotechnical, Materials, Physical
Job Type
Temporary

Posting Duration

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

What Your Job Will Be Like

Our team is searching for a Postdoctoral Appointee to perform research in biomolecular synthesis and assembly of living and composite (biotic/abiotic) nanomaterials. You will work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists in the areas of engineered living and composite materials. Research will be primarily experimental and involve the design, engineering, and integration of natural processes and biological materials within engineered materials and/or composites.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Genetically engineer, express, purify, and characterize active proteins (e.g., enzymes) for use in functional composite materials.
  • Fabricate enzyme/polymer composites that are embedded in synthetic materials and capable of programmed release and transformation of the surrounding matrix
  • Biosynthesize metallic and ceramic oxide nanoparticles using filamentous fungi
  • Characterize biological, synthetic, and composite nanomaterials using optical and electron microscopy

About Our Team

The Nanosystems Synthesis and Analysis Department consists of Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) scientific research staff assigned to the Physical, Chemical, & Nanosciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. CINT is a DOE/Office of Science National User Facility operated jointly by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories with facilities at both Laboratories. The CINT Science Department is dedicated to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials into microscale and macroscale systems and devices.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

Position Information

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.

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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

• 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.

EEO

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.

Qualifications We Require

  • Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in biophysics, bioengineering, biomaterials, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field
  • Experience in high-resolution optical imaging techniques and data analysis
  • Experience in microbiology including bacterial and fungal cell culture and identification
  • Experience in recombinant protein purification and genetic molecular engineering techniques
  • A proven track record of technical prowess, as evidenced by publications in scientific journals. A publication list should be included as part of the CV

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with NexGen sequencing and metagenomic characterization
  • Proven track record to conduct innovative, independent research
  • Experience with materials characterization (e.g., DLS, FTIR, NMR)
  • Experience with nanoparticle synthesis
  • Experience with scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy (e.g., cryoCLEM

Security Clearance

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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.

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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.