Bioinformatics & Data Analytics Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos, NM4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $100,000 - $130,000 a year
Organization NameB-10/Biosecurity & Public Health
What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2/3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.

The Biosecurity and Public Health group at LANL is seeking a specialist in Bioinformatics and Data Analytics that will support and develop programmatic and R&D efforts in the Bioscience (B) Division. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary projects involving topics such as biosecurity, public health, biosurveillance, bioenergy, and environmental microbiology.

R&D Scientist 2, ($87,800 - $144,800)

Develop web-based GUIs for a variety of bioinformatics workflows
Develop open source software options for source code or docker implementation, on individual computers, servers, clusters, or cloud infrastructures, to optimize data processing
Contribute to new proposals on data analytics that use genomic and other big data types
Develop web based analytics for infectious disease forecasting and prediction
Develop, maintain, and operate bioinformatics pipelines for data mining and analysis
Lead individual tasks on genomic analysis for projects involving clinical and environmental samples and contribute to programmatic milestones
Collaborate closely with experimental biologists for interdisciplinary genomics projects
Mentor postdocs and students
R&D Scientist 3, ($96,600 - $161,300) In addition to the duties outlined for Scientist 2 above, the Scientist 3 will be required to:

Successfully obtain external funding for development of new bioinformatics tools/algorithms and big data analytic platforms that use genomic data and other big data types
Take on a leadership role for a small team and direct their work
Work with peers in the division to explore new avenues of funding and develop strategic goals for future research
What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated expertise in bioinformatics
Demonstrated experience in metagenomics
Proven knowledge of differences in next-generation sequencing technologies and implications for biological interpretation
Demonstrated expertise in data science
Demonstrated skills in software/web development
Broad knowledge of genomics, infectious disease biology, epidemiology

Additional Job Requirements for level 3 Scientist:
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 requires:

Proven ability to write grants and secure funding in the areas of bioinformatics/data science/epidemiological modeling/health analytics
Demonstrated experience in leading the research, design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of cross-disciplinary, or highly and/or narrowly specialized, novel scientific and technological solutions in support of R&D initiatives
Established record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
Demonstrated experience in leading the development of technical products such as journal papers, reports, presentations, and concept papers
Skills in developing intellectual property leading to publications, copyrights, and/or patents

Desired Skills:
Demonstrated effective interactions with program managers at various government funding agencies (e.g. NIH, DoD, DOE)
Demonstrated skills in machine learning
Understanding of software/hardware compatibility and optimization
Database skills
High level/Excellent proposal and report writing skills
Skillful presentation of technical capabilities
Estimable interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team as well as lead a team
Ability to collaborate with scientists from diverse disciplines, including computer science, biological science, and genomics
Knowledge of visual analytics for disease surveillance
Scientist 2 Education Requirements: Typical educational requirement is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in science from an accredited college or university, Ph.D in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Biological Sciences/Bioinformatics/Computational Biology preferred.

Scientist 3 Education Requirements: Ph.D in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Biological Sciences/Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

Notes to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet all of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications

Additional Details:
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

If selected, you would work with a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to developing science and technology to improve pathogen detection, understanding host responses to biological and chemical threats, informing therapeutic development, and anticipating—even preventing—epidemics and pandemics caused by both natural and deliberate biological threats.

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