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R&D Manager, Biosecurity and Bioassurance

Sandia National Laboratories
Livermore, California
Depending on Experience
Closing date
Sep 21, 2023

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, Materials
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dynamic R&D Manager (job title: Manager, R&D Science and E MG) to lead and manage Sandia National Laboratories’ Biosecurity and Bioassurance Department. The Department is a diverse research group with work encompassing both basic and applied biological research. We seek to address biological problems with strong ties to national security, including biodefense and health security, and climate and energy security. The department manager plays a leadership role in staff recruiting and development, performance management and personnel supervision, and creation and maintenance of research capabilities including physical laboratories and their safe operation. The manager will also work with staff, managers of peer departments and senior management to create strategic plans and develop new programs aligning with key government sponsors in the Biosecurity and Bioassurance space.

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

  • Promote and support the professional development of staff, assessing their performance, coordinating work assignments, providing recognition, and resolving issues

  • Promote a culture that values diversity and inclusion

  • Coordinate recruitment, selection, hiring, and training of new staff

  • Manage projects and lab-work within Sandia and with external partners in particular other NNSA labs

  • Maintain a safe, secure, creative, and productive work environment and be responsible for the safe operation of biology laboratories

  • Establish strategies to apply the latest biological advances to mission needs in national security, public health, energy security and environmental security

  • Participate with leadership to plan and evaluate strategy and operations

  • Work with staff and management to develop new programs and identify new internal and external sponsors whilst maintaining the existing sponsor base

  • Develop and sustain partnerships with within Sandia and with universities, other laboratories, and industry

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Biological Sciences, Chemical or Physical Sciences, or Engineering with at least 5 years’ post-PhD research experience in a relevant field; or Master’s in Biological Sciences, Chemical or Physical Sciences, or Engineering with at least 9 years of research experience in relevant field

  • Record of strong technical contributions and excellent verbal and written communication skills, as proven by peer-reviewed publications and/or conference presentations

  • Demonstrated ability to build and support strong interdisciplinary teams and partnerships across organizational boundaries

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Two years of demonstrated leadership experience

  • Experience with personnel management, hiring and retaining talented staff, and building diverse multidisciplinary teams and passion for motivating, coaching, and mentoring staff

  • Expertise in cutting-edge biotechnology

  • Experience with designing, maintaining, or operating modern biological laboratories including working with facilities personnel for upgrades and experience with capital equipment planning and acquisition

  • Familiarity with the DOE Integrated Safety Management System or similar safety systems, and experience managing or providing oversight for members of the workforce who perform safety-critical work e.g. operation or oversight of BSL-2 or BSL-3 laboratories

  • Biology program development experience and previous sponsor interactions with DOE, DHS, DHHS, and/or DOD

About Our Team:

The Sandia Biosecurity and Bioassurance Department, located in Livermore, California, develops solutions for national security problems using innovative research approaches in predictive biology, bioinformatics, synthetic biology and incorporating advanced technology development in ‘omics. We seek to develop the knowledge and technologies needed to assure biosecurity, and safe and secure biomanufacturing to produce clean, efficient, and cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts on a commercial scale. Our department is part of the highly multidisciplinary Applied Biosciences and Engineering Group, comprised of researchers with expertise in many disciplines of biology (molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, and biochemistry), chemistry (analytical, organic, and physical), computational science (bioinformatics, machine learning, and computational chemistry), and engineering (chemical, mechanical, and biomedical).

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 690772


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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