Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Biological Science (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an interdisciplinary scientist to conduct research in nano to microscale biomolecular materials for applications in biological and materials research in areas such as remediating biothreats, tissue engineering, cell signaling and differentiation, detection and control of infection, novel disease treatments, synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, packaging cargo, decorating the nanoparticles for therapeutic efficacy, including peptides, virus like particles, and antibodies or antibody-like molecules.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Design and test the materials, platforms, or analytical reagents and/or devices that derive unique and synergistic functionality from hierarchical scales of structure and collective behavior;
  • Work within a multidisciplinary/multiorganizational team that includes microbiologists, enineers, and chemists to develop materials and systems applicable to diagnostics, infectious disease research, and health care.


  • Bachelor's in STEM;
  • PhD in Biology or Chemistry, Engineering (chemical, mechanical, or bioengineering), or Biochemistry, or relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrate a strong record of technical achievement, as evidenced by publications in high-impact scientific journals and the demonstrated ability to conduct creative, independent research;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • One or more years of postdoctoral research in an area related to rhizosphere environments, complex microbial communities, and/or plant or soil biology;
  • Extensive experience in one or more of the following areas: imaging, molecular biology, plant biology, microbiomes.

Department Description:

The Nanobiology department, located in Albuquerque, NM performs fundamental and applied research at the interface between materials science, biology, and medicine. The emerging thrust is to address problems with strong ties to biodefense, health, and energy-related carbon cycling through advanced technology development and novel research approaches. The department is highly multidisciplinary with research expertise in many disciplines of biology (molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, bio-engineering), chemistry (analytical and physical), nanomaterials synthesis and characterization. Currently we have ongoing projects in areas of molecular modeling interfaced with nanomaterials and membranes, nanomaterials as therapeutic agents, cellular signaling, protein function, lignin degradation, and viral work.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT