Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Associate

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Job Location
Los Alamos, NM
Highly competitive

Excellent benefits

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated, productive, and multi-talented postdoctoral candidate to pursue research within a team of scientists working on novel bioinformatics solutions to next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis, with special emphasis in the field of metagenomics. This applicant would become part of the Division’s Genome Programs, which include both a core sequencing facility specializing in Illumina and PacBio (along with Ion) technologies, and a bioinformatic data analysis group adapting state-of-the-art methods and devising novel strategies and algorithms to better interpret genomic, metagenomic and transcriptomic NGS data. Our group comprises experimental and computational bioscientists working on projects that span a range of topics, including microbial ecology, bacterial/viral/genome evolution, host-microbe interactions (e.g. host-pathogen, fungal-bacterial symbioses, etc.), cancer biology, biosurveillance, pathogen diagnostics, algal genomics and bioenergy, and others. The position will initially explore novel methods in metagenomic and/or transcriptomic data analysis applied to one or more of these projects. Additional projects or topics of interest will also be explored.


The specific subject of the applicant's PhD degree is not restricted to any one domain, but experience in handling metagenomic NGS data, and familiarity with one or more programming languages (e.g. C++, Python, Perl, Java), are strongly desired. The candidate should be equally comfortable working independently as well as part of a team, be familiar with good laboratory practices and biological experiment design, have experience working with Illumina and/or PacBio sequencing data in either DNAseq or RNAseq contexts, be proficient with one or more database management systems, have experience working in a UNIX/Linux cluster environment, and must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants should also have a good publication record.

The candidate must be within 5 years of receiving their PhD. Los Alamos National Laboratory offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package. We are highly interested in hearing from excellent candidates who may be considered for special Laboratory Fellowships. For more information about the postdoctoral program at Los Alamos, please visit the Postdoctoral Program site at

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their application via the LANL website ( Selected candidates will be contacted for telephone interviews beginning in late summer 2014.

There may be more than one position available, that will remain open until filled, subject to funding availability and eligibility for employment. Start date is negotiable. Only the Laboratory’s Human Resources Department can make an offer of employment. Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer, and all interested parties are encouraged to apply.

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