Biologist Research Associate

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Research Support
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EB-Environ Genomics & Systems Bio
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87255 Requisition #

Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for a Research Associate.  The Research Associate (RA) position will be part of the ENIGMA (http://enigma.lbl.gov/) scientific focus area, a multilevel investigation into how microbial interactions and environmental parameters influence community structure and function.  The aim of this project is to develop methods to detect microbial interactions and to develop predictive models of community assembly based on members of the community and growth conditions The RA will work in the Arkin lab to isolate and cultivate diverse bacteria from groundwater and sediment, enrich microbial communities under diverse growth conditions using high throughput culturing techniques, construct Illumina sequencing libraries, and perform preliminary analysis of amplicon and genome sequencing data.   The RA will perform some routine laboratory tasks such as media preparations, ordering, and general lab maintenance.


What You Will Do:

  • Cultivating diverse bacteria in high-throughput in anaerobic and aerobic conditions

  • Growth media preparation

  • Extraction of nucleic acid in low and high-throughput

  • Illumina sequencing library construction

  • Perform some basic quality control analysis of Illumina sequencing results.

  • Aid in the design and construction of synthetic microbial communities

  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with a large team of wet-lab and computational scientists


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Keep a detailed laboratory notebook and upload data in relevant databases.

  • Keep abreast of current scientific literature

  • Prepare reports and standard operating procedures as requested.

  • Participation and reporting in research group meetings.


What is Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Virology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Microbiology preferred or equivalent experience.

  • At least one year of work experience in relevant field

  • Hands-on experience growing bacteria

  • Specific experience with genomics research, especially the preparation of Illumina sequencing libraries.  

  • Familiar with bioinformatic tools for analyzing genomic data (i.e. UNIX platform, FastQC, genome assemblers)

  • Good analytical, organizational and multi-tasking skills.

  • Proficiency in maintaining laboratory notes, reports and operating procedures.

  • Good problem-solving skills and a clear understanding of methods development processes.

  • Able and willing to learn and implement new experimentation techniques.

  • Good interpersonal and verbal and written communications skills are essential.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records and keep track of many samples.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Programming and using liquid handling robots


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, 1-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be determined based on range by the collective bargaining agreement.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.


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Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

 

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