Environmental Microbiome Postdoctoral Scholar

Joint Genome Institute

United States

August 18, 2021


Berkeley Lab's (LBNL) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Environmental Microbiome Postdoctoral Scholar.

You will work in Berkeley Lab's JGI Division in the New Lineages of Life Team which is part of the Microbial Program at the JGI. You will lead research efforts toward the discovery of novel microbial eukaryotes and analyze their genomes to reveal mechanisms that may impact microbiome structure and function in terrestrial ecosystems.

What You Will Do:

  • Comparative genomic analysis of large-scale biological sequence data sets using single cell genomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics.
  • Assembly, annotation, and analysis of genomes of microeukaryotes.
  • Phylogenomics of microeukaryotes.
  • Publish in peer review journals; contribute to scientific research papers and reports.
  • Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Applying machine learning, pattern recognition, and other innovative approaches to enable exciting discoveries across large data sets.
  • Metabolic modeling.
  • Work in a high-performance computing environment.
  • Attend and present at key scientific meetings and workshops.
  • What is Required:

  • Recent Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Biology, Microbiology, Life Sciences, or a related field with a strong research interest in Microbial Eukaryotes.
  • Proficiency in Python and/or R in a Unix environment.
  • Expertise in any of the following: comparative genomic analyses of large-scale biological sequence data sets, metagenomics and transcriptomics, phylogenomics, and best practices with (meta)genomic standards.
  • Experience in assembly, annotation, phylogenomics, and/or analysis of genomes of microeukaryotes.
  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills, experience with Jupyter notebooks or similar.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to present findings at group meetings and conferences, and to publish results.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a diverse team.
  • Desired Qualifications:

  • Workflow management with snakemake or nextflow.
  • Experience with database structure and management.
  • Experience applying machine learning, pattern recognition, or modeling to scientific problems.
  • 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 0 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • 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.
  • Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives who share these same values and commitments.
  • 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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