Synthetic Biology, Protein, and Genome Engineering Postdoc

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What You Will Do

A position is available (starting in October 2020) for a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to engage in a synthetic biology research project. The first is directed at the engineering of organisms for the direct real-time observation of gene expression. The effort involves further development of tools and techniques for genome engineering of strains bearing unnatural nucleotides and the engineering of proteins with novel capacities to accept and maintain them. The successful candidate will do this work in collaboration with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists with expertise in the areas of organic synthesis, RNA/protein biochemistry, bioinformatics and protein engineering.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills to present and summarize research results.

  • Strong background in DNA techniques including cloning and genome manipulations.

  • Ability to manage time and see tasks to completion.

  • Experience with protein expression and purification.

  • Understanding of microbial metabolism and enzyme catalysis.

  • Experience with analytical techniques, such as, HPLC, mass-spectrometry and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Independence and drive to assimilate the state-of the-art and synthesize novel research directions, techniques or ideas.

  • Special consideration will be given to those with experience working with RNA and/or experience in protein engineering.


Ph.D. in experimental biochemistry/molecular biology or related field, with the requisite research experience and a strong publication record.

Note to Applicants:

Postdoctoral positions are for two years, with a third year possible, contingent on exemplary performance. More information about the postdoctoral research program at Los Alamos National Laboratory is available at ( ). Salary is commensurate with experience. Outstanding candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship, or a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellowship.

Additional Details

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

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