Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Joint Genome Institute Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Biological Sciences) to join the Vogel lab.
In this exciting role, you will perform research on plant-microbe interactions with an emphasis on developing and using novel high-resolution ultra-sensitive label-free nonlinear optical microscopy imaging techniques to characterize interactions at cellular and subcellular resolution. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the Ji lab at UC Berkeley which is developing the microscopy techniques. Responsibilities include identifying applications for these new techniques that will inform our understanding of the interaction between plants and their microbiomes. The main experimental platform will consist of small, enclosed ecosystems (EcoFABs, https://eco-fab.org/) that allow for complete control of the microbiome, non-destructive imaging, and media sampling. This position will store and organize results for presentation and viewing by project team members and the wider scientific community and prepare results for publication in scientific journals. For more information contact John Vogel firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Will Do:
Identify use cases that use the new microscopy techniques.
Perform experiments that provide insight into the interaction between plants and the root microbiome and/or beneficial microorganisms.
Work with members of the Ji lab to image the interaction to provide insight into mechanisms.
Use other techniques (e.g. 16S community profiling, metabolomics, transcriptomics, modeling) as necessary to provide a more complete picture of the interactions.
Store and organize results for presentation and viewing by JGI staff, collaborators, and the wider scientific community.
Interact with a multi-institution project team to ensure efficient communication and completion of analysis projects.
Write results up for publication.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Work with group members and/or outside collaborators on additional plant-microbe projects.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in life sciences with relevant research experience.
Strong background in microscopy, molecular biology, plant biology and/or microbiology.
Strong organizational and record keeping skills to record experimental results and analyze data.
Laboratory experience in microscopy, molecular biology, plant biology and/or microbiology.
Effective oral and written communication skills to present findings at group meetings and conferences and publish results.
Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel including Research Associates, Scientists and Software Engineers.
Experience using bioinformatics tools.
Experience with beneficial plant-microbe interactions.
This is a full-time 3 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 2 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.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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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?
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