Metabolomics Project Scientist

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Research/Science
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EB-Environ Genomics & Systems Bio
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95854 Requisition #

Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division is looking for a Project Scientist to join their Metabolomics Research Group!

 

In this exciting role, you will join a team of experts that study molecular mechanisms driving beneficial plant-microbial interactions. You will leverage their deep expertise in computational biology, environmental microbiology, and metabolomics analysis to study soil-plant-microbiomes to discover causal mechanisms by which beneficial plant-microbe interactions can positively impact the flow of nutrients within marginal soils.

 

Genomics and chemistry of plant-microbe interactions are examined to gain insight into how symbiotic and associative microbes improve plant performance and carbon stabilization in marginal soils. We are integrating focused (single plant-microbe pairing) and 'community' systems biology approaches to examine the complex interplay among plants, microbes, and their physico-chemical environment.

 

What You Will Do:

  • Computational analysis of metabolomic data.
  • Perform metabolomics analyses to investigate metabolite exchange between community members and identify plant exudates that sustain rhizosphere communities. 
  • Design and execute experiments to determine factors that mediate carbon and nutrient exchange between plants and bacteria.
  • Use stable isotopes and computational analyses to gain insights into how bacteria alter plant nutritional requirements. 
  • Perform statistical analyses.
  • Provide implementation plans that include timeline, procedures, expected outcomes, and risks.
  • Participate in cross-team and cross-group collaborative projects.
  • Present research at international conferences and publish in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Create periodic reports to the management and principal investigators of the program.
  • Maintain appropriate records and manage data to ensure accessibility and replication of work.
  • Lead group meetings.
  • Drive projects to completion and publication.
  • Direct the work of undergrad students or research assistants.

 

What is Required:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience studying plant-microbe interactions beyond the highest customary degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience analyzing metabolomic data using GNPS.
  • Expertise in plant nutrition including extensive experience working with stable isotopes, microbial isolations from diverse environments including soils, and culturing and characterization of achaea.
  • Experience using omics approaches to study compex plant and soil microbiomes research including in situ metatbolomics.
  • Experience with fieldwork including large-scale agricultural experiments and growing switchgrass in mesocosms.
  • Experience with LC-MS based metabolomic analysis and TOC analyzers.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including experience successfully publishing high-impact work in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including experience managing multiple projects in parallel and in corresponding with scientific collaborators.

 

What We Prefer:

  • PhD in Plant Science, Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology, or a related field.
  • Training in Biostatistics using R.

 

For full consideration, please apply by June 2, 2022 with the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.

 

Notes:

  • This is a full time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 3 year Term appointment with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 5 years total based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • 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.
  • This position will be performed on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

 

Learn About Us:

 

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.

 

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Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

 

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Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
Know your rights, click here for the supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law." and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.

 

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