Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Metatranscriptome Analysis Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.
In this exciting role, you will work with metatranscriptomic data generated by the JGI. You will develop best practices and pipelines, optimize data model and analysis tools for metatranscriptome data in Integrated Microbial Genomes and Metagenomes (IMG/M) system. You will use JGI-generated metatranscriptome data to analyze patterns of antisense and intergenic expression looking for novel regulatory mechanisms. You will be responsible for the design of the analysis workflows, development and testing of the software, summarizing the results of the analysis in publications and contributing to the development of standards in collaboration with the scientific community and Genomics Standards Consortium.
What You Will Do:
Compare the results of the mapping of metatranscriptomes to different reference datasets in order to inform further development of the JGI processing pipelines and community standards.
Develop a workflow for assessment of the quality of gene models in metagenomes and metatranscriptomes by analyzing the expression data.
Communicate the results of the assessment to pipeline developers, collaborate with IMG pipeline group on the pipeline improvements.
In collaboration with IMG group and NMDC participate in the development of an optimal data model, visualization, and statistical tools to support large-scale metatranscriptome data analysis.
Contribute to the analysis of antisense and intergenic expression patterns looking for novel regulatory mechanisms.
Be substantially (and independently) responsible for the design, development, testing, and documentation of the software necessary to perform the above analyses.
Summarize the results of the analysis in publications and contribute to the development of standards for metatranscriptome data processing, recording, and analysis.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Participate in other bioinformatics projects within the JGI Microbial and Metagenome Programs.
Assist the JGI internal and external customers with metatranscriptome data analysis.
Develop training materials for IMG system users to inform them of the protocols, practices, and tools for metatranscriptome analysis.
What is Required:
Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or a related discipline.
Good understanding of DNA and RNA sequencing methods and molecular biology.
Good knowledge of tools commonly used in bioinformatics, such as short read aligners (bwa, bowtie); software for interaction with sequencing data (samtools); genome annotation tools (GeneMark, hmmsearch, pairwise alignment tools).
Experience writing Unix scripts (python, bash).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience working in a diverse team environment.
Strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Familiar with databases (Oracle, MySQL).
Familiar with design and methods for statistical analysis of expression data.
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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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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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.