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Microbiologist/Molecular Biologist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
1 Oct 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

SES.1: $110,700 - $142,128 Annually

SES.2: $132,810 - $170,556 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 Microbiologist/Molecular Biologist to join ongoing projects developing innovative therapeutics and vaccines against infectious diseases. Candidates should have an interest in learning new skills and techniques and be able to implement them independently, as part of a multidisciplinary team. We value diverse perspectives and strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups. This position is in the Microbiology/Immunology group of the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level, depending on your qualifications. Additional job duties will be assigned at the higher level.

In this role you will:

  • Maintain mammalian cell lines and cell culture equipment for assay developments
  • Express and purify protein to generate reagents for functional and immunological studies
  • Perform standard molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA preparation, DNA/protein quantification, SDS PAGE)
  • Assist in the development and optimization immunoassays and affinity assessment: BLI, ELISA, and fluorescence-based immunoassays, (e.g, MSD, Gyrolab, AlphaLISA)
  • Evaluate large data sets to troubleshoot assays as needed
  • Contribute to maintenance of a BSL2 biology lab including ordering, equipment maintenance, inventory control and ES&H safety guidelines implementation
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook and communicate results with relevant team members
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional duties at the SES.2 level:

  • Develop and optimize immunoassays and affinity assessment: SPR, BLI, ELISA, and fluorescence-based (e.g, MSD, Gyrolab, AlphaLISA)
  • Provide solutions to problems of limited complexity that require creative use of established and/or innovative methods
  • Analyze current process procedures and provide moderately complex feedback for the optimization and improvement of workflow.
  • Provide occasional training on laboratory procedures to other employees.


  • BS degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience
  • Fundamental knowledge of sterile techniques, culturing and maintenance of microbiological and tissue cultures, and media preparation
  • Fundamental knowledge of molecular biology techniques (e.g., ELISA, microscopy, protein purification, SDS PAGE, BLI)
  • Proficient with common Microsoft Office applications and other scientific software
  • Ability to understand new concepts quickly, apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment, and gain proficiency to work independently to meet established guidelines
  • Works effectively in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary environment both independently and as a team with a diverse set of scientists, and other technical and administrative staff
  • Effective problem-solving skills to implement solutions of limited complexity.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level:

  • MS degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related filed, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Substantial experience in molecular biology techniques (e.g., ELISA, microscopy, protein purification, SDS PAGE, BLI)
  • Substantial experience in culture and maintenance of microbiological and tissue cultures

Qualifications we desire

  • Working knowledge of protein purification and characterization techniques and experience with sample preparation and processing
  • Academic and/or industry laboratory research experience
  • Knowledge of applied biostatistics and proficient with statistical software (e.g., GraphPad Prism or R) and experience in fluorescence microscopy, automation, or other high-throughput instrumentation.

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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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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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

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Closing date
All year round


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7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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