Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division is looking for a Senior Research Associate to join their ENIGMA Project (https://enigma.lbl.gov/)!
The ENIGMA Project is a multilevel investigation into how microbial interactions and environmental parameters influence community structure and function. The aim of this project is to develop methods to detect microbial interactions and to develop predictive models of community assembly based on members of the community and growth conditions.
As part of the Arkin Lab (https://arkinlab.bio/), you will isolate and cultivate diverse bacteria from groundwater and sediment, enrich microbial communities under diverse growth conditions using high throughput culturing techniques, construct Illumina sequencing libraries, and perform minimal analysis of amplicon and genome sequencing data. In this exciting role, you will be responsible for the collection of data, describing data with standard vocabularies, and preliminary analysis of data. Additionally, you will perform routine tasks such as media preparations, ordering, and general lab maintenance.
What You Will Do:
Cultivate diverse bacteria in high throughput in anaerobic and aerobic conditions.
Growth media preparation.
Extraction of nucleic acid in low and high throughput.
Illumina sequencing library construction.
Perform some basic quality control analysis of Illumina sequencing results.
Aid in the design and construction of synthetic microbial communities.
Collaborate with a large team of wet-lab and computational scientists.
Perform Phenotypic characterization of bacteria using microplate readers and colorimetric assays.
Conduct preliminary analysis of data.
What is Required:
A minimum of 2 year of relevant experience in Biochemistry, Virology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or a related field.
Hands-on experience growing bacteria in a laboratory environment.
Experience with genomics research, specifically the preparation of Illumina sequencing libraries.
Familiarity with bioinformatics tools for analyzing genomic data (e.g., UNIX platform, FASTQC, genome assemblers).
Good analytical skills including the ability to problem solve, troubleshoot, and make recommendations.
Demonstrated ability to learn and implement new experimentation techniques.
Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to maintain accurate records and keep track of many samples.
Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with scientific and technical members among a variety of disciplines.
What We Prefer:
A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Biochemistry, Virology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, or a related field.
Programming experience using liquid handling robots.
Experience with Anaerobic Microbial Cultivation and a background in Microbial Physiology and/or Biochemistry
Experience with Molecular Biology including DNA cloning and PCR.
Experience making Illumina sequencing libraries.
For full consideration, please apply by August 17, 2022 with the following application materials:
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
This is a full time career appointment, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid).
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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 performed onsite at West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) -- Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.
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