Computational Biology Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos County, New Mexico, US
Jun 05, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
Biology, Energy
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What You Will Do
Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group (B-11) of the Bioscience Division.
A postdoctoral position is available in the DOE BER Terrestrial Microbial Carbon Science Focus Area. This research program focuses on microbial carbon cycling and climate feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems ( The program uses meta-'omic strategies to investigate how natural variation in microbial composition can drive large, persistent variation in carbon flow from plant litter decomposition. The successful candidate will create and apply bioinformatic tools that link microbial composition (amplicon, metagenomic, metatranscriptomic) and ecosystem function.
Successful candidates will work closely with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, and external collaborators.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
- Prior experience coding in Python, R, Perl, or other computing language
- A demonstrated strong publication record
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English language
- Three strong letters of reference
Education/Experience :PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, or related field within 4 years or will have completed all PhD requirements by commencement of appointment.
Desired Qualifications:
- Prior experience working with microbial sequencing data preferred
- Prior experience with machine learning preferred
- Prior experience with network analyses preferred
Note to Applicants:
The position is for two years, with a third year possible contingent on exemplary performance. Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.
For general information of the Postdoc Program, including salary guidelines, go to
Interested candidates should e-mail a curriculum vitae and names of references to Dr. Michaeline Albright ( ).
Where You Will Work
Teams within the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) perform research in a broad array of applications of biotechnology and life sciences, working to solve national bioenergy and biosecurity challenges-from naturally occurring or manmade threats-requiring an in-depth understanding of pathogens, plants, and human disease.
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)
Additional Details
Directive 206.2 -_ _Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 ._ _Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
- for access to classified matter.
- Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
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. Appointment Type
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Vacancy Name: IRC85859
Organization Name B-11/Bioenergy and Biome Sciences
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Req ID: IRC85859
Category: Postdoc