Student - Post Bachelor

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Los Alamos, NEW MEXICO
Job Title Student - Post Bachelor
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name B-10/Biosecurity and Public Health
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What You Will Do

Applied Genomics Team in Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for a highly motivated and multi-talented post-masters or post-bachelor Bioinformatician or Software engineer. The candidate will work directly with scientist Migun Shakya, PhD to develop novel bioinformatics solutions to next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis, with special emphasis on large scale omics data analysis. This applicant would become part of the Division’s Genome Programs, which include a core sequencing facility specializing in Illumina and PacBio technologies, and a bioinformatics group. The genome program is focused on adapting state-of-the-art methods and devising novel strategies and algorithms to better interpret genomic, metagenomic, and transcriptomics. Our group comprises experimental and computational bioscientists working on projects that span a range of topics, including microbial ecology, genome evolution, host-microbe interactions (e.g. host-pathogen, fungal-bacterial symbioses, etc.), biosurveillance, pathogen diagnostics, algal genomics and bioenergy, and others. The position will initially explore novel methods in metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, whole genome phylogeny, and/or transcriptomic data analysis applied to one or more of these projects. Additional projects or topics of interest will also be explored. For more information about work from the Team, please visit our github site: .

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The ideal candidate will have experience with or possess the following:

·          Must be motivated, willing to learn new skills.

·          Experience working in bioinformatics or data science.

·          Bachelor’s degree in computer science, bioinformatics, or related fields

·         Skilled with Linux commands, installation of new tools, shell script, etc.

·         Proficient at Python programming language.

·          Must exhibit excellent communication skills.

·         Must exhibit excellent writing skills.

·         Ability to multi-task.


Desired Skills:

·         Proficient in multiple programming languages like C++, Java, etc.

·         Experience working in high performance computing environment.



A B.S. degree in biological sciences, completed in the last 3 years but have not been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program, and initially have and maintain a cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA.

Notes to Applicants:

In addition to submitting an electronic application to this vacancy, interested Candidates should email a CV, and a very brief letter of interest to Dr. Migun Shakya,

Additional Details


No Clearance:  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.


For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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 regards 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 northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


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