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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Mass Spectrometry based Metabolomics in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311289

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Integrative Omics

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

We are seeking an outstanding Post-Doctoral candidate to join our multi-disciplinary team focused on mass spectrometry (MS) based metabolomics within the Agile BioFoundry (ABF).The ABF is a multi-national lab consortium focused on implementation of metabolic engineering strategies and efficient improvement of bioprocess.The PNNL ABF team performs systems biology research on bacterial and fungal strains capable of biological production for industrial needs. The post-doctoral research associate will be responsible for helping meet project requirements: metabolite extraction, metabolomics analysis, data-processing, and interpretation/visualization of global/targeted metabolomics data. Strong communication and writing skills, as well as excellent integration with the project team members, are required. Successful candidates should have hands on experiences with analysis of microbial metabolites using liquid chromatography (LC) and/or gas chromatography (GC) coupled with MS. It is not necessary, but experience on proteomics/peptide analysis from bacterial and fungal strains will be helpful. The candidate will have opportunities to have access to state-of-art analytical capabilities associated with the PNNL and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE national user facility, located on the PNNL campus.

The selected candidate is expected to 1) Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting, 2) Conduct independent research and work on team assignments, lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, 3) Interact, communicate, and problem-solve with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL, 4) Present research work at technical conferences, and 5) Participate in the development of research proposals.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate should have hands-on experience working with LC-MS and/or GC-MS for global metabolomics and targeted metabolite measurement. Experience with microbial samples, metabolic modeling, and utilization of -omics-based datasets (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics) is preferred. A strong publication record and the ability to lead sub-projects as well as contribute to the work of others are strongly desired.

The ideal candidate is safety-oriented, possesses good written and oral communication skills, has demonstrated an ability to collaborate effectively, has a track record of demonstrating initiative, problem-solving, independent execution of routine research tasks, demonstrated ability to publish high impact research, and ability to learn new concepts and research techniques.

PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology or related field.


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: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Biostructure & Function

Opening Date: 2020-10-14

Closing Date: 2020-11-28