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Genomic Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
California, US
Posting live until
27 May 2024

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$159,330.00 - $204,636.00 Annually

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Research Scientist in microbial genomics and bioinformatics. Opportunities exist to develop scientific capabilities to improve bio surveillance and detection of pathogens from complex environments. You will develop new methods, tools, and workflows for analysis of complex samples to identify emerging and unknown pathogens and determine their functional impacts. The selected candidate will also work with multiomics datasets for integrated data analysis and prediction of results. This position is in the Genomics group in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

This position will be filled at the SES.3 Level

In this role you will:

  • Apply molecular, bioinformatic and statistical methods on a diverse range of environmental and clinical samples to understand background microbial profiles and anomalies.
  • Research, design, and implement analysis techniques and computing approaches for analyzing novel and unknown sequences and predict phenotypic outcomes.
  • Perform quality analysis, quality control, and other independent tests of third-party algorithms, analysis methods, and data collection procedures and verify validity of results.
  • Lead and manage diverse multidisciplinary teams to solve complex problems and deliver results to stakeholders
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Organize, analyze, and present data from research at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, or a related field, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge and relevant experience.
  • Significant experience with collection and processing of complex clinical and environment samples.
  • Advanced knowledge in bioinformatic analysis of environmental and clinical metagenomic datasets including sequence pre-processing, alignment, genome assembly, genomic feature identification and functional characterization.
  • Ability to develop and apply novel analytical techniques for multiomic data integration.
  • Significant experience in applying data analysis tools with Python, R, C++.
  • Significant experience with statistical analysis and data visualization.
  • Significant experience leading, managing and mentoring teams for success.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects in microbial genomics, as demonstrated through prior funding awards and publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Significant experience with containerization toolkits such as Docker or Singularity and familiarity with high performance computing environments, including experience with workload managers such as Slurm, PBS/Torque, or Kubernetes.
  • Significant experience with systems biology and multi-omics data analysis including proteomics, metabolomics, epigenetics and transcriptomics.
  • Significant experience with wet lab techniques for sample processing such as DNA and RNA extraction, DNA sequencing, PCR and microarray.
  • Significant experience with a variety of DNA sequencing technology platforms.
  • Significant experience with Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and applications to biological data.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained (should funding allow).

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Why work for us
LLNL is a recognized Glassdoor Best Places to Work where we stress work–life balance, an excellent 401K, medical, dental and vision benefits, paid leave and flexible work schedules.

Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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