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Plant Microbiome Postdoctoral Scholar

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The Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE-JGI, a division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) has an exciting opportunity available for a Plant Microbiome Postdoctoral Scholar on a multi-institutional collaborative project. The incumbent will work as part of the Microbial Systems Group investigating host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in sorghum-associated microbial communities using sequence-based methods. Your responsibilities include obtaining sequence data, such as amplicon sequences, isolate genomes, and metagenomes, from internal or external sources and analyzing and interpreting the data with a variety of standard or custom tools. The position may also include planning experimental sequencing projects, sample collection, environmental nucleic acid extraction, PCR and other molecular biology work.  You will store and organize results for presentation and viewing by internal and external project team members and the wider scientific community and prepare results for publication in scientific journals. Position reports to Microbial Systems Group lead.

What You Will Do:

  • Work with JGI staff and collaborators to obtain microbial community data including ribosomal and internal transcribed spacer amplicon sequences, shotgun metagenome sequence data, and isolate genome sequences using Illumina, Pacific Biosciences and possibly other sequencing technologies.

  • Employ internal and external software and web-based analysis tools for processing and analyzing collected data.

  • Plan and execute microbial community research projects in collaboration with external partners.

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

  • Interact with internal and external collaborators to ensure efficient communication and completion of analysis projects.

  • Document group analysis procedures and methods for reference.

  • Write results up for publication.

  • Present research at both internal and external forums.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Attend and present technical status reports at group meetings.

What Is Required:

  • Ph.D. in life sciences or computer science with some relevant research experience in both molecular biology and computing.

  • Strong background in bioinformatics, molecular biology and genomics.

  • Experience with: use of computational methods, databases of genomic information, and methods of analysis of biological sequence data especially next-generation sequence data; in particular, familiarity with the Integrated Microbial Genomes database, the R software suite and QIIME amplicon analysis software are valuable.

  • Experience using PC, Mac and/or UNIX operating systems.

  • Experience with basic laboratory techniques, such as nucleic acid isolation, library prep, protocol optimization, bacterial growth assays, and sterile technique.

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

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

  • Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel including Research Associates, Scientists and Software Engineers.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Background in plant biology and/or host-microbe interactions.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes:

  • This is a full time, 2 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 3 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) — 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA.


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