Opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the Rempe lab at Sandia National Labs

POSITION: Postdoctoral Appointee – Computational Biophysics & Nanoscale Materials

Manager: E. Ackerman

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, postdocs, and visiting researchers—all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, visit

The Nanobiology Department, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is part of Sandia’s Biological and Material Sciences Center. The group develops and applies new experimental and computational capabilities to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying cellular and biomolecular processes and phenomena. These capabilities are also used to integrate biomolecular processes, biological principles, biomimetic materials, and biomolecular functions into nano- and microscale systems, thereby deriving innovative solutions to national-security problems involving biodefense, public health, and energy. Current capabilities include state-of-the-art imaging of whole cells and single proteins; protein engineering; spectroscopic techniques to characterize cellular and molecular modifications; electrophysiology coupled with imaging; materials synthesis;
and computational expertise in state-of-the-art density-functional and molecular-dynamics simulation techniques for investigating complex biological and synthetic systems. To learn more, visit

The Nanobiology Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will conduct research on topics of interest including, but not limited to, biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function. The chosen candidate will join a multidisciplinary team that includes staff members, postdoctoral associates, and students. The candidate will primarily apply a variety of computational techniques, such as classical Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics (MC/MD), ab initio molecular dynamics, and quantum chemistry simulations, to probe how molecular structure and interfacial behavior relate to function. The postdoctoral appointee will be expected to work closely with Sandia scientists, including staff member Susan Rempe, to conduct a forefront program in biophysics and nanoscale materials research. In addition, the postdoctoral appointee will be expected to publish research, assist in writing grant proposals, and present research at national society conferences.

The annual salary for this position is ~$85K.

This position requires a recent PhD (conferred within the past five years) in physics, chemistry, biophysics, chemical engineering or a closely related field. Published evidence of outstanding scientific contributions from theoretical/computational research is also expected, as is the ability to work in teams and establish strong collaborations. U.S. citizenship is required.