Los Alamos National Laboratory Ribosome Assembly Studies Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies in Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA-CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to engage in an exploratory experimental and theoretical research project aimed at an improved understanding of the role of polymerization on the correct folding and assembly with complex biomolecules (starting as early as May 2018).

The project will use single-molecule fluorescence methods and computational molecular dynamics simulations to understand the effects of polymerization. The successful candidate will do this work in collaboration with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists with expertise in the areas of ribosome and RNA biochemistry, computational molecular dynamics simulation, and single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in experimental biochemistry or related field, with the requisite research experience.

  • A strong publication record.

  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

  • Familiarity with general biochemistry/microbiology techniques i.e, protein expression/ purification and bioconjugation.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy workflow and data analysis.

  • Familiarity with Matlab.

Education: A Ph.D. in experimental biochemistry or related field. The candidate must be within 5 years of completion of Ph.D. at time of being proposed for review by the committee, and will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Notes to Applicants: Applicants are expected to submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the required and desired skills and a CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and talks.

Postdoctoral positions are for two years, with a third year possible, contingent on exemplary performance. Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded.

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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

Job Title: Ribosome Assembly Studies Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC62071