Senior Research Associate (Synbio Diazotroph and BioRemediation)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internal Number: 100492
Berkeley Lab's (LBNL) Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division has an opening for a Senior Research Associate to collect and process technical and research objectives related to microbial culturing, molecular cloning, and genetic transformations.
This project seeks to address the important and challenging task of developing new microbial hosts in complex environments, such as in bioreactors or in native plant-microbe root communities. In this role, you will directly contribute to bench-level experimental research involved in microbial strain engineering and optimization related to the development of synthetic fertilizers and/or bioremediation of toxic environmental contaminants and their impact on the root microbiome.
This position has an anticipated start date of December 11, 2023.
What You Will Do:
Perform research and technical support to meet project goals and deadlines, including the collection and processing of data along with some preliminary data analysis.
Carry out molecular cloning and microbiology work such as miniprep plasmids, PCR, gel extraction, DNA assembly, transformation, colony screening etc.
Optimize transformation protocols for multiple nitrogen fixing non-model bacteria or other soil microbes.
Clone and express genes such as nitrogenases using plasmids and measure function of gene expression using HPLC and GCMS.
Perform basic lab duties, including maintaining and purchasing consumables, personal lab bench, and common area organization.
Maintain a well-documented laboratory notebook and participate in documenting experimental methods at a technical level sufficient for inclusion in a publication.
Participate in group meetings and prepare reports.
Follow Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) guidelines to ensure safety in the lab and office spaces.
What is Required:
A Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent knowledge/training) in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of demonstrated hands-on lab experience with molecular biology techniques including genomic DNA and plasmid preparation, PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis, restriction digestion, ligation, transformation, colony picking and screening or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated ability to learn and implement new experimentation techniques.
Strong analytical skills including the ability to troubleshoot issues and recommend solutions.
Demonstrated proficiency with software programs including MS Office Suite, Google Apps, etc.
Excellent oral and written communication skills including experience maintaining detailed and accurate record-keeping of daily laboratory operations.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work autonomously and as part of a diverse collaborative team.
For full consideration, please apply by December 1, 2023.
This is a full time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay, 1 year (benefits eligible), Term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
This position is expected to pay $64,056 to $81,600 per year for job code 381.2. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate's qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
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.
This position will be performed onsite at Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) / Emeryville Station East (ESE) -- Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA 94608.
This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.
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