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Research Scientist - Virology/Immunology (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories
Livermore, California
Depends on experience
Closing date
Jun 12, 2022

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you looking to do creative and worthwhile research? Do you want to increase your engagement with research that protects the population from emerging infectious diseases and prepares us to respond to future threats? Sandia/California’s Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department is seeking a highly dedicated virologist/molecular biologist/immunologist to join a hardworking, professional, and multidisciplinary team using immunotherapy, computational biology/chemistry, high-throughput screening, and gene editing to develop medical countermeasures for infectious disease. The successful candidate will help generate, screen, engineer, and optimize therapeutic antibodies using animal models, molecular biology, immunoassays, cell-based assays, and structure based computational design.

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

  • Participate in the national response to pandemics and emerging bio threats

  • Develop assays to characterize host-pathogen interactions to test against multiple virus models

  • Use reverse genetics to engineer infectious recombinant viruses

  • Perform experiments to design, engineer, produce and characterize next-generation antibodies and other engineered protein constructs

  • Mentor postdocs, technologists and interns

  • Plan and write research grants and proposals as Principal Investigator or Team Member

  • Work to implement, monitor, and refine project plans with an integrated multidisciplinary team that may include members from national labs, universities and industry

  • Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at seminars and conferences

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in virology, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biology, or a related field with at least three years of relevant post-doctoral research experience.

  • Familiarity with tasks common in a virology laboratory, including knowledge of techniques and basic safety procedures in BSL2 (or higher) environment and proper storage and handling of viruses.

  • Experience with molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR, primer design, molecular cloning, and gene synth) and immunoassays.

  • Proven record of high technical accomplishment and written communication (e.g. as evidenced by publication in high-impact scientific journals) and strong verbal communication and data presentation skills (e.g., as demonstrated through scientific conference presentations).

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with reverse genetics and genome engineering technologies (e.g. CRISPR)

  • Experience with protein display, phage display or directed evolution methods

  • Experience in high-throughput assay development, mass spectrometry, or next generation sequencing

  • Experience in animal models of disease and basic animal handling, to include dose refinement, measurement of host response, protection against challenge

  • Bioinformatics or computational biology skills and familiarity with related software tools, (e.g., next-generation sequencing analysis, antibody and protein design)

About Our Team:

The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department, located in Livermore, CA, performs both basic and applied biological and bioengineering research with broad applications in national security, biodefense, health security, climate, and energy security. Our research in virology, microbiology, immunology and bioinformatics, is addressed by advanced technology development including CRISPR/Cas technologies, antibody engineering, advanced omics, synthetic biology, and advanced materials and nanotechnology. Our department is integrated into the highly multidisciplinary Applied Biosciences and Engineering Group, comprised of researchers with expertise in many fields of biology (molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology and biochemistry), chemistry (analytical, organic and physical), computational science (bioinformatics, machine learning, computational chemistry), and engineering (chemical, mechanical and biomedical).

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:*These benefits vary by job classification.

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


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.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

Job ID: 683206


Sandia employs about 8,500 people and manages about $2.3 billion of work annually. We are funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of Energy with other major funding by the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support our national security. Today, the nearly 300 million Americans depend on Sandia's technology solutions to solve national and global threats to peace and freedom. Sandia has two main sites; our headquarters are located in Albuquerque, NM. We also have about 900 employees located at Livermore, CA. Both sites conduct leading-edge research to support national defense, homeland security, and our energy infrastructure.

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