Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Bioscience Division is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic post-master's candidate interested in performing research within the facets of mass spectrometry - especially proteomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists, technicians and students on number of different projects ranging from exposure science and biosample analysis, including method development, data acquisition, and data processing. The student will be expected to contribute to different projects as need arises. The ideal student must be meticulous in their work, self-starting, independent, and able to communicate in a professional manner. The term of the appointment is 2 years. Depending on the performance of the student and funding availability, there are opportunities to extend the appointment by transitioning to other types of LANL positions or continuing education.

The student will also act as a member of the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group by attending group, and as a member of the mass spectrometry team. Responsibilities include conducting research and reporting results back to the team at weekly meetings. Furthermore, on the job training and opportunities will arise to craft peer-review publications and grant proposals. In addition, the student is encouraged to attend seminars and other LANL functions to expand her knowledge base and broaden interests. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in networking and social events.

Interested individuals must first ensure they meet LANL's Student Program's eligibility requirements (included below). You may also obtain more information about pay structure, expectations, and other internship opportunities, please visit the LANL website: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/student-internships/index.php

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • General background in biology, chemistry, or analytical sciences
  • Demonstrated experience with mass spectrometry and methods of sample preparation, quantitative/qualitative results.
  • Familiarity with good laboratory practices and experiment design
  • Demonstrated competency with computers and software applications for word processing, data processing, and data visualization
  • Ability to maintain and record work performed, data obtained, as well as write and follow detailed protocols
  • Ability to understand and present research results clearly and succinctly in both written and oral formats
  • Ability to comfortably work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week on a consistent schedule
  • Ability to manage time and see tasks to completion

Education/Experience: A master's degree in biology, chemistry, analytical science, or related technical field obtained within the past 3 years, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and have not yet been accepted into another master's program or Ph.D. program.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated expertise in analytical science
  • Broad fundamental knowledge of mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography
  • Expertise in analysis of biomolecules, including proteins, lipids, and metabolites
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Desire to report work in peer-reviewed publications and assist in the grant proposal process.
  • Experience with the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of various mass spectrometers including Thermo Fisher Orbitrap platforms.
  • Experience with synthetic chemistry, especially synthetic routes, preferably with endpoint analytical analysis for physical characteristics.
  • Knowledge of any coding languages (e.g. R or Python), other statistical data processing packages, or mass spectrometry data packages.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Note to Applicants:
Please submit the following through the LANL application system: 1) A brief cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills; 2) A current CV/resume that includes educational background, degree dates, GPA, technical skills, and a list of three references and their contact information. Only complete applications with both a cover letter and CV/resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.
Where You Will Work

Bioscience Division (B) comprises a diverse group of experimentalists and computer scientists who work closely with other interdisciplinary scientists across the Laboratory. Their work serves the Nation by developing science and technology to reduce natural and deliberate threats to human populations, their way of life, and the global environment. The mission of the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences (B-11) group includes enhancing biomass growth, oil production and photosynthetic efficiency in biofuel feedstocks. Members of the group work on microbiome characterization, elucidation of biochemical pathways, structural biology, enzyme function discovery and organic synthesis.

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.

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.

No Clearance: 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.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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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Los Alamos, New Mexico

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