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Postdoctoral Fellow
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JG-Joint Genome Institute
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87876 Requisition #

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.


Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a PostDoctoral Scholar.  Under general supervision, will work to perform research on plant-microbe interactions. Responsibilities include developing, testing and implementing methods to study plant-microbe interactions using controlled microbiomes and small chambers that enable non-destructive imaging and sampling (EcoFABs). Techniques used will include 16S community profiling, metabolomics and fluorescence microscopy. Will store and organize results for presentation and viewing by project team members and the wider scientific community and prepare results for publication in scientific journals. 


What You Will Do:

  • Develop methods to study how plants interact with the microbial community in the rhizosphere.

  • Optimize synthetic microbial communities that reproducibly colonize plant roots.

  • Image roots and bacteria over time using fluorescence microcopy.

  • Use 16S community profiling to characterize microbial community composition

  • Use metabolomics to characterize root-microbe interactions.

  • Store and organize results for presentation and viewing by JGI staff, collaborators and the wider scientific community.

  • Interact with the multi-institution project team to ensure efficient communication and completion of analysis projects.

  • Document group analysis procedures and methods for reference.

  • Write results up for publication.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Work with group members and/or outside collaborators on additional plant-microbe projects.

 

What is Required: 

  • Ph.D. in life sciences with relevant research experience.

  • Strong background in molecular biology, plant biology and/or microbiology.

  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills to record experiment results and analyze data.

  •  Laboratory experience in molecular biology, plant biology and/or microbiology

  • Effective oral and written communication skills to present findings at group meetings and conferences and publish results.

  • Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel including

  • Research Associates, Scientists and Software Engineers.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using bioinformatics tools such as ARB, BLAST, IMG, QIIME.

  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy

  • Experience analyzing metabolomic data


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes: 

  • This is a full time 1-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than <number> years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

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

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

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • 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 DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) —  1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.



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 science within a diverse, 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 Institute (JGI)  addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges. This summer, 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 the next ground-breaking discoveries in the public interest?


JGI is comprised of highly-skilled and diverse talent founded on a culture of scientific excellence, trust, curiosity, passion, and collaboration.


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


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