Barbara McClintock Bioscience Fellowship

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7174137 (Ref:691119)

Posted: August 25, 2023

Job Description

Bidder Eligibility: Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification. What Your Job Will Be Like: Are you interested in research at the forefront of biological sciences? Are you interested in research that will lead to transformative breakthroughs in fundamental science and technologies from a national security perspective? If so, you could join our dynamic team as Sandia's inaugural McClintock Fellow! The Sandia Barbara McClintock Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship has been established in honor of Nobel-Prize winner, Barbara McClintock. McClintock’s pioneering work in maize demonstrated that genes are responsible for turning physical characteristics on and off and her theories explained the suppression and expression of genetic information from one generation to the next. As a Sandia McClintock Postdoctoral Fellow, you will spend half of your time on your own original, self-directed research and half of your time on your choice of an established Sandia research project. The established project could include: + Testing novel phage platforms for the purpose of developing new vaccines or gene therapy delivery systems + Developing phages and other techniques for altering microbiomes, removing pathogens, or safely altering microbiome genetics in situ with a focus on sustainable fuels production + Designing and developing novel tools to employ anti-CRISPR CRISPR to harden bioeconomy organisms against tampering, inadvertent alteration, and unintended consequences + Using advanced microfluidics systems capable of mimicking both the blood brain barrier and the central nervous system to study alphavirus pathogenesis + Comprehensive discovery and characterization of prokaryotic mobile elements and horizontal gene transfer, and applications of discoveries to synthetic biology and microbiome engineering This position is a temporary position for one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion for up to two additional years. The selected Fellow will receive a highly competitive salary, moving expenses, an equipment budget, and a generous professional travel allowance. You are expected to publish the results of your work in leading journals and present it at top-tier conferences. Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations and considered for this and other postdoctoral positions at Sandia National Laboratories. The selected candidate must be able to work onsite at either the Livermore, CA or Albuquerque, NM campus location. To apply for the McClintock Fellowship: + Click "Apply for Job" on this page and submit a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and a 3 to 5 page research proposal. + Have three letters of recommendation submitted to [email protected] with "2023 McClintock Fellowship" as the subject line. + You may email [email protected] with any questions or for help identifying a staff member to provide a Sandia perspective on your proposed research. + Complete applications received no later than 5 pm Pacific Time, October 16, 2023, will receive full consideration. For more information on the McClintock Fellowship, please visit: Barbara McClintock Bioscience Fellowship ( Qualifications We Require: + Ph.D. in a field relevant to biological sciences, conferred within the past three years, or anticipated completion of PhD requirements by commencement of appointment + A background that includes appropriate research experience as evidenced by a strong record of research publications and/or presentations Qualifications We Desire: + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship + Proven ability to advance the state-of-the-art in biological sciences or bioengineering and/or related fields of study + Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills + Proven research community leadership through activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, outreach activities, etc. + Related professional experience such as internships in industry or at other national labs, participation in visiting research programs, etc. + Ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment alongside specialists in other domains + A commitment to encourage an inclusive culture, as proven through your application materials About Our Team: The Bioscience Research Foundation (RF), an investment area under Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, performs R&D required to anticipate, detect, and counter the risks of natural and human-made bio-threats (biodefense) and to identify and mitigate the impacts of climate change by advancing scientific understanding and developing technological solutions (environmental security). In biodefense, we address both natural and human-made biological agents, digital biosecurity, and materials, which can be either enabling or a target for manipulation. In environmental security, we address the impacts of global climate change, bioresource security, and the need to drive the circular bioeconomy. The team is composed of expert scientists, researchers, and engineers performing exploratory science and developing technologies to address pressing national needs in energy security, and national defense. Through extensive partnerships inside and outside Sandia, the Center is focused on understanding and countering natural, traditional and engineered biological threats, as well as on developing alternative lignocellulosic and algal-derived transportation biofuels. We continually work with experts and world class researchers along with our key sponsors which include the DOE Office of Science (BER and BES), the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, NNSA, ARPA-E, DoD, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DHS, and the NIH. Posting Duration: This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date. EEO: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Job ID: 691119

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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