Senior Research Scientist – Molecular Entomologist

Posted 1 month ago

Location: Los Alamos, NM

 Compensation: $90K – $130K + plus bonus/incentives and benefits


About this opportunity:

Pebble Labs is a cutting-edge biotechnology company dedicated to using science to improve human conditions, by developing novel strategies to address real life problems in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. We are rapidly growing and are looking for enthusiastic and driven contributors to join a multicultural and diverse scientific team.

In this role you will have the opportunity to join an early stage, highly funded biotechnology research company. The role will support research and development in novel microbial systems pursued through the analysis of biological communities and modification of microbial strains to address insect vector borne plant disease and/or human diseases. This position will be hired at Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist level depending on experience.

Pebble Labs is located in the scientific hub of Los Alamos, New Mexico and draws upon the synergy of one of the top laboratories in the United States. Neighboring Santa Fé and Taos communities with its diverse cultural, artistic and music scene, together with outdoors activities including skiing, hiking and fishing in the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez ranges, offers a unique living and family friendly environment.

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What is required in this role:

  • Ph.D. in Molecular Entomology, Insect Physiology or related discipline.
  • Strong entomological foundation with knowledge and background in insect vector biology, plant and/or human pathogens, vector/pathogen/host interactions including innate immunity.
  • Experience in using diverse approaches such as molecular biology, multi -omics,  population genetics and microbiology to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with insect vectors, their microbiome and pathogens.
  • Demonstrable proficiency in bench/field work and cutting edge techniques, including but not limited to skills in molecular biology, next generation sequencing, comparative genomics and bioinformatics, genetic manipulations (CRISPR and RNAi), statistical analyses, confocal microscopy and microbiology.


Ideal Qualifications:

  • Communication Impact – strong written and verbal communication skills with project teams
  • Collaboration – team player who can work in a high activity, fast-paced environment
  • Problem Solving – ability to utilize the scientific method for critical thinking
  • Quality and Procedures – responsible for understanding experimental procedures performed to assure the accuracy and quality of results
  • Self-Starter – Can work independently and able to collaborate with scientists to make appropriate and timely decisions to meet deadlines on experiments and projects.

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