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Research Support
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JG-Joint Genome Institute
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87525 Requisition #

Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Research Associate.  Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. The Biosciences Area of LBNL forges multidisciplinary teams to solve national challenges in energy, environment, and health issues, as well as advance the engineering of biological systems for sustainable manufacturing. As part of the Biosciences Research Division at LBNL the Singer Group in the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) and JGI Divisions seeks to develop state-of-the-art plant growth chambers (“EcoPODs”: https://sites.google.com/lbl.gov/ecopods/) that allow direct and intensive monitoring and manipulation of replicated plant-soil-microbe-atmosphere interactions.


What You Will Do:

  • Support the development and maintenance of a state-of-the-art growth chamber (“EcoPOD”) to study plant-microbiome-ecosystem dynamics under conditions relevant to the real world

    • Work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, technicians, plant biologists, microbiologists, and soil scientists to develop an EcoPOD prototype and associated technical components

    • Support benchmarking the growth chamber for a number of metrics related to plant performance, microbial community dynamics, and environmental characteristics

    • Support the conduct of drought experiments with Panicum grassesHelp coordinate and conduct field experiment testing drought stress on biofuel crops

  • Help prepare DNA, RNA and metabolomics samples

  • Support analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic and environmental (meta-)data to further develop EcoPOD design and test equipment parts

  • Summarize experimental results and present them at group meetings

  • Keep precise and detailed laboratory notebooks


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • May publish or contribute to publications of research results


What is Required: 

  • B.Sc. degree in the relevant fields in Microbiology, Plant Biology, or Molecular Biology

  • Strong motivation to contribute to develop the areas of research under the DOE mission

  • Extended knowledge in plant-microbe or other host-microbe interactions and microbial ecology

  • Preferred experience in plant maintenance in greenhouses or other types of growth chambers

  • Preferred experience in metabolomics and soil nutrient analysis

  • Motivation to work independently

  • Ability to successfully work in a dynamic team environment

  • Strong written and oral communication skills


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related field and two to five years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferably three to five years’ experience in molecular biology or plant microbiome experimental design, greenhouse and/or growth chamber maintenance, plant cultivation, soil characteristic measurements

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related field or equivalent experience preferred


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 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 DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) — 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, 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?


The 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, 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.



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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