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Computational Biology Postdoctoral Researcher
Los Alamos National Security in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 01/28/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Computational Biology Postdoctoral Researcher

What You Will Do

The Steadman Lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral candidate in the area of computational biology. We investigate how the the environment influences the genome through epigenetic processes in a variety of systems including algae, bacteria, plants, and mammalian cell lines. The epigenomics team collectively develops and performs both wet-bench experiments and computational analyses: we are looking for a new team member to develop novel software pipelines for analyses of ‘omics data (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics). The successful candidate will develop a comprehensive, novel computational toolkit to identify epigenetic machinery and predict epigenetic processes that govern important phenotypes. In addition to being motivated, versatile, and independent, we are seeking a candidate who will collaboratively contribute to a positive, diverse, and inclusive environment in the lab. This position is supported for two years (with a possible third year extension) with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • PhD in a STEM-related field with a focus in computational biology

  • Fluency in one or more coding languages (Python, R, mySQL, BASH, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience utilizing and building computational workflows for NGS data

  • Familiarity with statistics and statistical learning

  • A strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals

  • Excellent written, graphical, and oral communication skills

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively in a team

Education: All candidates must have completed their Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment or must be within five years of Ph.D. completion. Candidates may also have previous experience, including postdoctoral experience. Previous experience in epigenetics and wet-bench techniques will be considered an advantage but is not essential.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with designing sequence analysis techniques

  • Experience analyzing RNA-seq and epigenomics data

  • Proficiency with popular data science libraries and package managers

  • Proficiency with NGS repositories

  • Understanding of molecular biology, genomics, or gene regulatory processes

  • Understanding of phylogenetics and evolution

  • Willingness and desire to learn wet-bench techniques and conduct, design, and oversee experiments

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:

We encourage applications from underrepresented job seekers; please let us know if you require special accommodation to fully participate in our recruitment experience. Please provide a CV and a comprehensive cover letter that includes a list of references and their contact information. Your cover letter should explain your interest in the position and highlight how your experience and skills will contribute to the epigenomics team and fulfill the minimum job requirements and desired qualifications. In addition to applying online, applicants may email questions and/or their application package to Dr. Steadman: crt@lanl.gov . Selected candidates will be contacted for telephone interviews starting in the spring of 2022.

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 childbirth 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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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