Trainee - Environmental Isotope Systems

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Students & Faculty
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 107630
Job Code: Trainee Exempt (710.0)
Date Posted: October 16 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We are hiring a Trainee to study plant-fungal-bacterial interactions in soil and under sterile conditions.  You will assist in growing and maintaining plant and fungi cultures, assembling experimental microcosms, preparing samples for microscopic analysis, and extracting nucleic acids. This opportunity is in the Environmental Isotope Systems group in the Nuclear and Chemicals Sciences (NACS) Division and will provide the experience to prepare you to successfully pursue advanced graduate studies in microbiology, molecular biology, ecology, sustainable bioenergy, and related fields.
Essential Duties
- Propagate plants and maintain under sterile or co-culture conditions.
- Assemble sterile or soil-based experimental microcosms.
- Prepare samples for microscopic analysis.
- Stain and photograph microorganisms.
- Extract and quantify nucleic acids from pure culture and soils.
- Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook to ensure results are properly annotated and organized for reports.
- Present formal and informal overviews of analytical process flow at group meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science/Studies or related discipline.
- Experience maintaining cultures, plants, or long-term experiments.
- Experience using sterile-technique.
- Experience with working with contamination-prone samples.
- Experience with data record-keeping in a laboratory environment.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment and to document and present research results.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
- Experience extracting nucleic acids.
- Experience preparing samples for microscopy and microscopic visualization.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Note:   This is a one-year Post College Appointee with the possibility of extension to a maximum of two years.    Eligible candidates those who have been awarded a Bachelor's degree at the time of the employment offer.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.