Proteomics and Microbiology Researcher
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302439

National Security

Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences

Chemical and Biological Signature Science
Job Description
What if you could discover dark matter... curb U.S. dependence on foreign fuel... clean up an oil spill... or save the world from acts of violence before they happenall by making a vital scientific discovery today? Better yet, what if you could improve humanity for generations to come by finding and nurturing the scientists who will discover a myriad of ways to improve the world around us? Would you? We are.
At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, our mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. Our vision: PNNL science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely. Our values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact and courage provide the foundation for all we do.
Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems.
The successful candidate will join a research team that is conducting research in the areas of environmental microbiology, bioforensics, and pathogen characterization. The researcher will work with innovative multi-disciplinary teams to develop new approaches for non-genomic characterization of microorganisms for biological sample characterization and forensics. The research entails microbiological culturing, sampling preparation and extraction, hands-on mass spectrometry, and proteomic data extraction and interpretation for our applied research. The work will also include working in multi-disciplinary teams to use genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analyses to understand microbial systems.

The selected candidate will be involved in all phases of the scientific process with the project team and apply a disciplined approach to experimental planning, execution, and reporting. The candidate will interpret data, generate useful graphs and figures, and prepare high quality technical reports and publications that communicate the objective, experimental process, results, and conclusions.

The selected candidate will be able to present the research results at scientific meetings and give presentations to clients. The candidate must have the ability to lead tasks, manage small projects and help develop new proposals. The researcher will also be responsible for laboratory management activities to ensure safe operations.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing sample preparation protocols, performing analyses, handling data, and producing interpretable data graphs. The research will also provide technical input and support to projects in the areas of microbial forensics, mass spectrometry, and/or pathogen biology.

The generation of high quality reports, presentations and scientific papers is expected.

  • The successful candidate will have experience in several of the following: bacterial culturing, sample preparation protocol development, protein digestion and sample cleanup, protein mass spectrometry, mass spectrometry instrument operation and data analysis, the generation of high quality data output, and mass spectrometry data interpretation.
  • The researcher is expected to be fully competent in laboratory and data analysis and interpretation related to non-genomic characterization of microorganisms.
  • The selected individual will also be responsible for supporting peers and mentoring student interns. The candidate is also expected to continue developing technical expertise and new skills in the areas of pathogen biology and non- genomic characterization.
  • The candidate is also expected to read technical literature and stay abreast of scientific developments related to project taskings and maintain skills consistent with state of the art.
  • BS & 2-3 years experience, MS & 0-2 years experience, PhD & 0 years experience.
Degree should be in chemistry, microbiology or a related discipline.

An advanced degree in chemistry,

microbiology or a related field is preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise analyzing proteomic data is required.
  • Experience in protein extraction, preparation and analysis and/or computer programming lanquages is highly desired.
  • The demonstrated ability to write data reports concisely and clearly is also required.
  • Past experience marketing/networking to help secure project funding, working with or leading technical teams and the ability to manage research projects
Minimum Requirements
A Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree with 0-2 years experience or a Ph.D. is required.

Degree should be in chemistry, microbiology or a related discipline.

An advanced degree in chemistry,

microbiology or a related field is preferred.

Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise.

Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Other Information
This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner.

Which requires:
  • US 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 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 for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated