T-Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Position ID:Los Alamos National Laboratory-T-Division-REGULARRESEARCHSTAFF [#12862, IRC69745]
Position Title: Scientist
Position Type:Government or industry
Position Location:Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biology / Advanced Design and Statistical Analysis, Computational biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genomics, Immunology, Mathematical Modeling
Machine Learning / Data Science, Information Theory, Machine Learning
Mathematics / Mathematics, Statistics
Statistics / Statistics
Biostatistics / epidemiology, statistical genomics, statistical modeling/clincal outcomes/biological determinants (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/02/01 (posted 2018/11/26, listed until 2019/05/26)
Position Description:    

What You Will Do

The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking to hire excellent early or mid-career researchers in mathematical/theoretical biology, including mathematical/stochastic disease modeling, theoretical immunology, evolutionary biology/phylodynamics, viral dynamics, and theoretical data science with application to biological problems. The successful applicant will perform do independent research in one or more of these areas, and collaborate with researchers in the group to help develop, characterize and validate mathematical biology models, and develop/implement associated data science methodologies.

The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group (T-6) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s premier research groups in quantitative biology, primarily focused on research problems related to human health and disease. The group integrates an interdisciplinary team of researchers trained in physics, mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry, and epidemiology. The research portfolio ranges from basic to applied science. Current research areas include viral dynamics, immune system modeling, cell signaling, protein structure and dynamics, evolutionary biology, phylodynamics, vaccine design, mathematical modeling of emerging infections, and medical outcomes analysis. The group is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DoE), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and, other government agencies.

Scientist 2 ($87,800-$144,800)

The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking applications for a staff scientist position. While at LANL, the successful candidate will be expected to perform outstanding research, and submit research proposals to: the Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding program, including early career awards, and the DOE Office of Science.

Scientist 3 ($96,600-$161,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 will be required to have a strong record of technical leadership in one or more subfields. Typically individuals at this level will provide technical direction for more than one project and will maintain a publication and report record that has been acknowledged by authorities in the field.

The successful candidate will have a track record of excellent scientific productivity, demonstrated by substantial publications, invited talks, and recognitions by professional societies. Expectations for the mid-career candidate additionally include a history of acquiring external funding through successful grants, and experience in mentoring of students and post-doctoral fellows. Demonstrated ability in interdisciplinary research, strong collegiality and the curiosity to engage in both basic and applied research, are required.

Expectations for the successful candidate include: Perform independent research in theoretical and/or applied research in mathematical/theoretical biology. Build and lead multidisciplinary teams of Ph.D. level researchers, postdoctoral fellows and students. Mentor students and postdoctoral fellows. Interface with various sponsors and organizations, both within and outside of Los Alamos National Laboratory, to develop a sustainable research program to address the nation’s needs in health security. Participate and contribute to the vibrant intellectual community in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, the Theoretical Division, and the entire Los Alamos National Laboratory. Establish internal and external collaborations to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Be engaged in the national and international scientific community in theoretical biology and biophysics.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements: Demonstrated excellence in research by a solid track record of peer-reviewed publications, presentation, and professional recognition Experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems, and developing/applying computational and data science methodologies. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Ability to communicate effectively in English, both in oral presentations and written manuscripts. Ability to seek external funding to support their work through grant applications to federal funding agencies. A comprehensive cover letter along with resume addressing the required and desired skills is required.

Additional Job Requirements for the Scientist 3 Experience mentoring students and postdocs, and enhancing technical and professional expertise of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Record in acquiring internal/external funding for self and others. Record of leading peer review of the work of others within own organization and participation in peer review across organizations or disciplines. Experience with implementing project management plans, including scope, schedule, and budget, for small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks; defining deliverables at project or major task level. Ability to define and implement research programs in mathematical biology at the national and international level. Demonstrated experience leading multidisciplinary teams of students and postdoctoral fellows.

Desired Skills An understanding of the workings of the funding agencies that support mathematical biology research. Demonstrated experience working on large-scale multidisciplinary projects. National and international collaboration network. The ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.


Ph.D. in Mathematics, (Bio) Statistics, (Bio) Physics, Computer Science or equivalent field in which mathematical, statistical, or data science methods were applied to gain insights into biological processes.

Notes to Applicants

Application are submitted through the webportal https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/index.php and will be evaluated starting in mid-January until the position is filled. Applications consist of a cover letter addressing the required and desired skills, with emphasis on how the applicant’s past experiences serve as preparation for the expected duties, and a curriculum vitae. In addition, three letters of recommendations to be sent electronically to Martha Perkins at mperkins@lanl.gov.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov 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.

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Further Info:
+1 505 665 0138
Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group
MS K710
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545

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