🔍Bay Area, California, United States

📁Postdoctoral Fellow

💼CE-Climate & Ecosystems87030

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Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for an Environmental Microbiology Postdoctoral Scholar. You will conduct research focused on genomic /biochemical characterization of diverse microbes from subsurface groundwater and sediment using both genomic and cultivation-based tools. The incumbent will work with a larger team focused on understanding the diverse metabolisms of active subsurface microbial communities. You should have relevant experience in molecular biology, microbial ecology, microbial physiology and analytical chemistry.

What You Will Do:

  • Work with aerobic and anaerobic microbes and samples.
  • Handle environmental sediment and groundwater samples
  • Routinely culture, enrich and isolate diverse bacteria under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, and in different growth formats including columns, flasks and bottles and in microplates.
  • Sequence and assemble bacterial genomes and add these data to public repositories.
  • Conduct genetic manipulation of bacteria, including transposon mutagenesis, and targeted gene deletion.
  • Sequence and assemble bacterial genomes and add these data to public repositories.
  • Analyze sequencing datasets to molecularly dissect conserved and novel pathways of interest in enrichments and isolates.
  • Work collaboratively with a larger team of postdocs and scientists.
  • Write up research results and seek to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Present results in group meetings, workshops and/or conferences.

What Is Required:

  • Recent Ph.D. in environmental microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field.
  • Strong background in working with aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.
  • Experience in working with environmental samples.
  • Ability to conceptualize, design, and execute novel experiments using environmental microbiology, molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques.
  • Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists on a large project at all stages and specifically for linking diverse datasets.
  • Experience analyzing large datasets.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to write peer reviewed articles with limited supervision.
  • Facilitate in preparing results for publication in scientific journals and for oral/poster presentations.
  • Capability to enhance LBNL’s reputation in the use of cutting-edge biology applications in environmental microbiology by forming strategic collaborations with other National Lab researchers and/or University PIs.
  • Readiness to participate and present in group meetings, larger team meetings and seminars.
  • Ability to maintain an accurate and detailed scientific notebook and electronic documentation of all experiments performed, to ensure that others could duplicate results.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of R.
  • Analysis of next-generation sequencing data.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


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