R&D, Manager - Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

Job posting number: #7088911 (Ref:679336)

Posted: November 12, 2021

Job Description

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede the Laboratories’ collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees. : This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : We are seeking an innovative R&D Manager to lead and manage Sandia’s Biotechnology and Bioengineering department which is dedicated to tackling exciting national security challenges at the interface between biology and technology. You will work with a team that is highly multidisciplinary with expertise spanning virology, micro- and molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, as well as bio-, biomedical, chemical and mechanical engineering. The team performs both basic and applied research related to biodefense, health and energy security, developing advanced technology for pathogen detection and medical diagnostics, new research approaches using synthetic biology for biomass conversion as well as gene-editing and novel nanomaterials for therapeutics and countermeasures development. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Establish strategies to apply the latest biological advances to mission needs in national security and environmental security; + Promote and support the professional development of a staff, assessing their performance, coordinating work assignments, providing recognition, and resolving issues; + Develop a safe, secure, creative, and productive work environment and be responsible for the operation of biology laboratories; + Manage projects and lab-work with external partners in particular other NNSA labs; + Promote a culture that values diversity and inclusion; + Coordinate recruitment, selection, hiring, and training of new staff; + Participate on the Center leadership team to evaluate strategy and operations; + Develop and sustain partnerships with other Sandia organizations and with universities, other laboratories, and industry; + Develop new programs and identify new internal and external sponsors while maintaining the existing sponsor base.

Required:
+ PhD in Biological Sciences with at least 8 years’ research experience in a relevant field; + Record of strong technical contributions and excellent verbal and written communication skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations; + Strong grant-writing skills with record of developing and leading funded programs with DHS, DoD, NIH, or DOE; + Demonstrated ability to build and develop strong interdisciplinary teams and partnerships across organizational boundaries; + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Desired:
+ Ability to develop and implement strategic and business plans; + Minimum of five years of demonstrated leadership and/or managerial experience; + Biology program development experience with DOE, DHHS, and/or DOD; + Proven ability to motivate, coach, and mentor staff; + Expertise in one or more of the following fields: + Synthetic biology, molecular biology or gene-editing + Microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip systems, diagnostic or biosensor technology development + Microbiology, immunology or host response + Biomass conversion or bioeconomy + Bioanalytical or biochemical methods development + Experience with operation of BSL-2 laboratories; + Prior technical management experience; + Ability to collaborate and team with researchers over a wide range of expertise; + Experience managing projects and lab-work with external partners in particular other NNSA labs.

Department Description:

The Sandia Biotechnology and Bioengineering Department, located in Livermore, and Emeryville, CA, performs both basic and applied biological and bioengineering research with broad applications in national security. We address problems such as biodefense and health security, developing advanced technology including micro- and nanofluidics and engineered automated systems, and new research approaches which include gene-editing and novel nanomaterials. We also address energy security by developing the science and engineering required to be able to produce clean, efficient, and cost-effective biofuels, specialty chemicals and polymers on a commercial scale. This work is carried out in partnership with the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) as well as other external academic and commercial partners. The department is a highly multidisciplinary of approximately 20 staff, postdocs and technologists with expertise in many fields of biology, chemistry and engineering. Key sponsors include the DOE Office of Science, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense (DTRA and DARPA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Sandia LDRD Program.

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical 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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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. 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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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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