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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters RA - Micro & Molecular Biology in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311352

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Science and Technology

Group: Chemical and 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 Signatures Group (CBS) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 60 researchers who solve research and development problems related to chemical and biological detection and forensics. Much of the work is directed toward national security missions to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

CBSS is seeking a microbiologist or biomedical scientist with expertise in mammalian cell culture and molecular biology and an interest in solving real-world problems in national security. The successful candidate will be a member of an inter-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and program managers and will be expected to build networks within and external to the CBSS group.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Applying cell culture and molecular biology expertise to various assignments in a research and development laboratory

  • Working in technical teams to complete various project tasks on time and within scope and budget

  • Recommending technical approaches and making technical contributions that may ultimately affect the direction of the research

  • Thoroughly documenting experiments and publishing data analysis methods

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with bacterial and mammalian cell culture

  • Experience in synthetic biology, cloning and gene editing

  • Experience contributing to peer-reviewed publications or technical reports

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Experience simultaneously balancing multiple projects and tasks is preferred

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams is preferred

Preferred Education

  • Masters degree in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering or a related field. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 preferred.

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.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Chem & Biological Signatures

Opening Date: 2020-11-05

Closing Date: 2021-01-04