Postdoctoral Appointee - Virologist/Molecular Biologist/Immunologist

(Ref#: 693590)

Sandia National Laboratories

  • Post Doctoral Position - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

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*

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*These benefits vary by job classification.

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? Come and join Sandia California’s Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department. We are seeking a highly dedicated and hardworking virologist/molecular biologist/immunologist postdoctoral appointee to develop powerful antiviral therapies against emerging biodefense viruses. The selected applicant will help develop and implement assays to characterize host-pathogen interactions that influence transmission, virulence, and immune evasion.

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

    Participate in the national response to the pandemic and emerging biothreats

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

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

    Mentor technologists and interns

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

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.


Qualifications We Require

    PhD in virology, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biology, or other relevant related field

    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)

Qualifications We Desire

    Ability to obtain and maintain a US Department of Energy security clearance

    Experience with viral rescue from cDNA and reverse genetics

    Familiarity with tasks common to in vivo virology, including knowledge of techniques and basic safety procedures in ABSL2 (or higher) environment

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

    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

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 disciplines 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).

Education Requirement:
PhD in virology, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biology, or other relevant related field
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • arenaviruses
  • vaccines
  • molecular virology
Livermore, California
Biotechnology & Bioengineering
7011 East Avenue
Livermore , CA 94550
Dylan Johnson, PhD