Biologist Research Scientist

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Research/Science
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JG-Joint Genome Institute
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92641 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Biologist Research Scientist to join the Functional Genomics Group. 

 

The successful candidate will lead the development and implementation of new strain engineering capabilities. The Biologist Research Scientist will be expected to design and apply new tools and technologies to expand strain domestication to the majority of bacteria phyla, as well as contribute to managing and coordinating JGI strain engineering user projects. This position will also play a key role in any strain engineering projects under the industrial engagement program. 

 

The Biologist Research Scientist will be expected to work independently, as well as contribute as a member of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of biologists, process automation engineers, and software developers.

 

 

What You Will Do:

  • Apply scientific and technical concepts in molecular biology to develop robust strain engineering technologies that enable successful engineering of a wide range of bacterial and eukaryotic organisms.
  • Perform research and development to improve the efficiency and automate various aspects of strain engineering processes.
  • Coordinate efforts of strain engineering user projects, provide support and guidance to users throughout the project life cycle.
  • Design and assemble synthetic genes or gene clusters into appropriate vectors for conjugation and heterologous expression in a pre-determined set of domesticated bacteria.
  • Remain at the cutting edge of research in the field through studies of the current literature and regular attendance and representation of JGI at relevant seminars, conferences, and meetings; where appropriate adopt new technologies into ongoing projects.
  • Collaborate closely with the Sequencing Technologies and Metabolomics groups to perform high-throughput functional characterization of engineered organisms.
  • Troubleshoot all stages of experimental processes and develop and continue to optimize Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Identify and implement partnerships with key industrial partners and/or academic labs.
  • Publish in peer review journals; contribute to scientific research papers and reports.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Mentor and train technical staff and other group members.
  • Participate in development and preparation of grant proposals for new or extended research directions.
  • Provide assistance and guidance to post-docs.

 

What is Required:

  • 5 years of relevant experience beyond the highest degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience with advanced molecular cloning of large DNA constructs using Gibson assembly, yeast homologous recombination, and Golden Gate methods.
  • Substantial experience in methodology of introducing DNA into a wide range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Experience in the cultivation of a wide range of bacteria and fungi at multiple scales.
  • Extensive experience in synthetic biology design principles and applications of design tools.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in conducting independent research as well as collaborative research in a team environment with diverse skills and expertise.
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills with the ability to troubleshoot experimental processes and provide analysis.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and record-keeping skills with the ability organize and present technical reports to collaborators, JGI staff, management, and sponsors.
  • Proven ability to lead technical teams through design, implementation, and monitoring for completion of project goals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with other functional genomics technologies including CRISPR/Cas9, proteomics, and metabolomics.
  • Experience in or familiarity with automated liquid handling systems.

 

Notes:

  • This is a full time career-track, 2 year appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • 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.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at:Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

 

Learn About Us:

JGI & Berkeley Lab: A View to Fuel Innovative Science in the Public Interest

They say it’s all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next ground-breaking discoveries?

 

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

 

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

 

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.

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

 

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