Project Research Scientist- Microbial Systems Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA

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The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA (a
division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) has an exciting research
opportunity available for an experienced Researcher. Will serve as a Project Research Scientist in
the Microbial Systems Group and Metagenome program and perform research on
wetlands microbial ecology, with a strong emphasis on metagenomics,
metatranscriptomics and complementary technologies. Tasks will include in-depth
genomic data analysis as well as field sample collection, environmental DNA and
RNA extraction and other lab tasks as needed.
Will report to the Microbial Systems Group Lead.

Specific Job Duties


Lead wetlands
16S tag, metagenome and metatranscriptome sequencing efforts.

detailed analysis of ribosomal DNA sequence data, metagenomic shotgun sequence
data and metatranscriptome data: build phylogenetic trees, analyze annotated metagenomes,
and perform comparative analyses.

Design and carry out experiments aimed at recovering
microbial genome sequence from environmental samples.

design, and execute experiments to obtain metagenomic, metatranscriptomic
and/or single cell genomic data from target functional and phylogenetic groups
of interest.

Perform follow-up experiments to confirm
findings, such as qPCR and fluorescence microscopy.

Perform Research & Development experiments
to improve and automate various aspects of metagenomic sequencing, assembly,
annotation, and binning.

Identify areas of improvement and efficiency and
offer feedback.

Troubleshoot all stages of experimental
process and optimize Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Interface with collaborators, JGI staff,
management, and sponsors at other national laboratories.

Summarize research results and publish in
peer-reviewed journals; contribute to scientific research papers and reports.


mentor and train postdoctoral fellows, technical staff and other group members
as necessary.


Attend group meetings and present status reports
and scientific findings.

Keep an accurate and detailed record of laboratory
and analytical work.

Key Success Factors


PhD in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology,
Biochemistry, Genetics, or related field.

Experience with environmental nucleic acid
extraction and next generation sequencing technologies.

Familiarity with Molecular Biology Techniques
such as: PCR, qPCR, Cloning, Multiple Displacement Amplification.

Familiar with basic sequence analysis tools and
databases, ie. ARB, BLAST, CLUSTALW, IMG.

Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform
collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of
colleagues with tact and diplomacy.

Demonstrated ability to independently carry out creative
research with a proven record of publications and achievement.

Effective problem-solving and decision-making
skills with the ability to troubleshoot experimental processes and provide

Excellent organizational, analytical, and
record-keeping skills with the ability to organize and present technical reports
to collaborators, JGI staff, management, and sponsors.

Demonstrated ability to accurately and
eloquently represent and promote scientific projects to audiences of diverse
technical backgrounds.

Effective interpersonal skills with experience
establishing effective collaborations and interacting with members of the scientific,
instrumentation and informatics communities.

Excellent written communication skills with
demonstrated experience preparing funding proposals and research publications.


Experience in genome annotation.

Familiar with fluorescent-activated cell sorting
and micromanipulation, fluorescence microscopy and FISH.

Notes: This is a 2-year Project Scientist appointment that
may be extended to a maximum of five years dependent on performance, continuing
availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. Work will be performed at the DOE Joint Genome Institute
(JGI), Production Genomics Facility located in Walnut Creek, CA.

January 1, 2011, all National Laboratory employees will be subject to a two
year pay freeze. This position falls under this provision for Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab's fiscal years: 2012-2013 (October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2013).

How to Apply

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the development of a diverse workforce.

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