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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Biomedical Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310901

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group:Chemical & Biological Signatures

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multi-program laboratory operated by Battelle for the US DOE. The Chemical and Biological Signature Science Group (CBSS) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 50 biologists, chemists, and engineers that solve research and development problems related to chemical and biological detection and forensics. Much of the work involves trace detection in complex samples including environmental, food, or biological samples, and is directed toward national security missions to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Key challenges include: identifying the appropriate signatures, sample collection/preservation and preparation, development of detection and analysis technologies, and development of approaches and analytical methods for high confidence measurements.

CBSS is seeking a biological or biomedical scientist to contribute to research focused broadly on the identification and characterization of chemicals, bacteria, viruses and/or biological toxins that are problematic for human health and/or of concern to national security sponsors. The successful candidate will be a member of an inter-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and program managers, and will conduct experiments on chemicals of concern, as well as cells, tissues or model organisms to help identify causes and solutions to threatening diseases.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

U.S. citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with bacterial and mammalian cell culture

  • Experience applying cloning and cell line engineering techniques to research problems in microbiology

  • Previous experience in a biosafety level 2 laboratory

  • Experience thoroughly documenting experiments, including methods and results

  • Experience contributing to peer-reviewed publications or technical reports

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Education

PhD in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering or a related field.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment

This position will require experimental work involving exposure to risk group 1 and 2 biological agents, biological toxins, typical laboratory chemicals, and equipment that are appropriately assessed and managed to prevent exposing staff to hazards.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Chem & Biological Signatures

Opening Date: 2020-05-26

Closing Date: 2020-08-23