Los Alamos National Laboratory Soil Microbial Ecology & Carbon Cycling Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group (B-11) of the Bioscience Division.

A position is available within the next 3-5 months in a research program focused on soil microbial carbon cycling and climate feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems. The program uses metagenomic and transcriptomic strategies to examine how soil fungal and bacterial communities control carbon flow.

Successful candidates will work closely with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, and external collaborators.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in microbial ecology and metagenomics or related discipline completed within the last 5 years;

  • Molecular microbiology/mycology laboratory & strong bioinformatics skills;

  • A demonstrated strong publication record (e.g. 3 to 4 publications arising from Ph.D.);

  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English language;

  • Three strong letters of reference.

The position is for two years, with a third year possible contingent on exemplary performance.

Interested candidates should e-mail a curriculum vitae and names of references to Dr. John Dunbar (dunbar@lanl.gov).


Ph.D. in microbial ecology and metagenomics or related discipline completed within the last 5 years.

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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Dunbar, John Martin

Organization Name: B-11/ Bioenergy and Biome Sciences

Email: dunbar@lanl.gov

Job Title: Soil Microbial Ecology & Carbon Cycling Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69164