Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Nanofluidics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104105
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: August 07 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member to work in the area of nanofluidics working with a team that is studying molecular transport in carbon nanotube porins; a novel class of biomimetic nanofluidic channels that mimic the structure of biological ion channels and have exceptional transport characteristics. You will conduct experiments aimed at determining and controlling the transport mechanism of functionalized nanotube porins incorporated in lipid vesicles, solid-state nanopores, and other complex artificial structures. This position is in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research in biophysics, bioengineering, surface science, or related fields.
- Conduct work with nanomaterial analogs of biological molecules and integrate them into synthetic membrane systems.
- Design and develop research projects focused on addressing defined problems.
- Present formal and informal overviews of progress in experimental work at weekly meetings.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols, an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook including complete records of experiments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in BioPhysics, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science or related field.
- Experience with transport measurements in biological or synthetic nanopores.
- Experience with molecular transport kinetics measurements.
- Experience working on basic research projects and the ability to understand and analyze experimental results.
- Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with characterization of membrane processes and electrokinetic phenomena.
- Experience with lipid and polymer vesicle preparation and characterization.
- Experience with preparation and characterization of carbon nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and related materials.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Security Clearance:  None required.


Note:   This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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