Postdoctoral Research Associate in Simulating Host-Virus Interactions - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Come join the brightest minds at the most innovative R&D facility supporting our national security! We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with experience in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of biological systems as part of a new Laboratory Directed Research and Development project. The project has a few different thrusts, and experience in any of these would be useful: 1) simulation of large macromolecular systems; 2) simulation of smaller protein systems, including the modeling of cell membranes, and the usage of enhanced sampling techniques.

Our team has leaders in the field of large-scale biological simulations and virology, and includes a good mix of experimental and computational-focused team members. We will aim to gain biophysical insights into large marcromolecular complexes and viruses.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Experience

A strong record of research publications in the field of molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems.


Excellent English language communication skills (written and oral) are important.

Education/Experience: A PhD in a related field of study, typically obtained within the last five years.

Desired Qualifications:

- A strong record of peer-reviewed publications in the field

- Experience with both all-atom and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation scales

- Experience with enhanced sampling techniques

- Experience with free energy/binding techniques

- Skills in a programming language

- Experience in the analysis of molecular dynamics simulations

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:

For initial consideration and informal queries, please send a CV and brief statement of interest to either Karissa Sanbonmatsu ( or Tyler Reddy ( The position will normally require relocation to within a 2-hour commute of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The position is 2 years (with possible 3rd year extension) with competitive starting salary ($92,000 USD) plus benefits.
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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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.
Employment StatusFull Time

Los Alamos, New Mexico

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