Postdoctoral Appointee - Advanced Algae Systems

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

ID: 7057417 (Ref.No. 667546)
Posted: May 23, 2019

Job Description

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : We are seeking a dynamic and creative Postdoctoral Appointee to develop solutions to significant national security problems, particularly in the arena of coupling algae biomass production with environmental remediation. You will help with our objective which is to optimize and deploy attached algae systems for variety of potential source waters guided by an underlying understanding of the key phenomena, to create game-changing solutions. In particular, we are developing advanced substrates and fluidic designs for coupling cultivation of native periphyton with introduced algae species to provide high productivity designer consortia. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Be responsible for development and implementation of scalable means of attached algae cultivation, including harvesting and characterization; + Interact and be part of an interdisciplinary team that includes biochemists, and chemical and bioprocess engineers at both the staff and postdoctoral level, conducting fundamental and applied research using both experimental and computational tools.

+ PhD in Chemical, Biosystems, or Bioprocess Engineering or related discipline with a strong algae emphasis during the thesis work; + Proven experience in R&D related to water treatment, geographic information systems for resource assessment, or hydrodynamic phenomena; + A record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences.

+ Demonstrated ability to identify and implement material solutions at the intersections of fields such as materials science and biology; + Expertise in any of the following areas:
- Computational fluid dynamics;
- Systems integration;
- Life-cycle assessment;
- Technoeconomic analysis; + Excellent verbal and written communications skills; + Strong ability to develop new research concepts.

Department Description:

The Biomass Science and Conversion Technology department is dedicated to developing and advancing innovative technologies for producing the next generation of biofuels. Our multidisciplinary staff represents a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets: molecular biology, chemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, biophysics, computational science, and biochemistry. We partner broadly with other Sandia departments as well as other national laboratories, industry, and universities to develop practical, science-based solutions to national energy goals. We also play an essential role in the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), one of three Bioenergy Research Centers in the Nation advancing the next generation of biofuel technologies.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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