Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability.
Application Window Open date: March 10, 2023
Next review date: Sunday, Apr 9, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Sunday, Apr 9, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Jennifer Doudna and Benjamin Rubin are jointly recruiting postdocs to work on in situ DNA editing of microbiomes at UC Berkeley. They will join a highly collaborative team of researchers in the two labs, who are tightly integrated with the broader Innovative Genomics Institute's Precision Microbiome Editing Initiative. Projects will build on proof-of-principle community editing experiments to enact precise and efficient modification of microbiome members. This work relies on developing and using novel CRISPR-Cas editing systems, sequence-based tracking of edits, and next-generation tools for in situ control of edited organisms. The postdoc will collaborate with a multidisciplinary group from UCSF, LBNL, JBEI, and Cedar-Sinai to apply microbiome editing to understand and control impactful microbial communities such as those in the human gut, cow rumen, and the rhizosphere. Specific projects range from identifying and modifying microbes with causal roles in inflammatory bowel disease and asthma to mitigating methane emissions from livestock.
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application) PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start) PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.
The candidate should have no more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date.
Preferred qualifications Doctoral degree in Biology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, or related discipline.
Publication record in the area of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Bioengineering, or related fields.
Demonstrated experience in the following areas: Experience with standard and anaerobic cultivation of non-model microorganisms and microbial communities. Experience with genetic editing of non-model microorganisms. Experience with the development of model microbial communities. Experience with next-generation sequencing and functional genomics assay development. Experience with bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing data. Experience writing grants and securing own funding. Experience training and mentoring junior scientists
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