Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Scholar (Joint Genome Institute)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Walnut Creak, California
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
April 05 2018
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Full Time
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Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Scholar (Joint Genome Institute) - 84499

Department: JG-Joint Genome Institute


The Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) (a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) has an exciting opportunity available for a Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in ongoing research in the Viral Dark Matter project.  JGI has been instrumental in driving the characterization of Earth’s Virome towards a better understanding of its role in regulating microbial communities. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated candidate with a strong background in microbiology, virology, host-virus interactions, metagenomics. computational biology and bioinformatics to join our team. You will be expected to perform viral genomics research, with a strong emphasis on systems level characterization, analysis and understanding of soil virome from metagenomics & metatranscriptomic data. This role will work as part of the Prokaryotic Super Program and is expected to work independently, as well as contribute as a member of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and software developers. You will report to the Prokaryotic Program head.


What You Will Do:

• Perform large scale analysis of viral genome sequence data, analyze metagenomics sequences, and perform comparative analyses.

• Contribute to research in the Viral Dark Matter project as part of a large multidisciplinary team.

• Interrogation and interpretation of soil microbial and viral metagenome and metatranscriptome datasets.

• Utilize scripting language(s) and apply standard bioinformatics tools and pipelines for the analysis of genomic and metagenomic data.

• Work in a high-performance computing environment and interact with a team of computer scientists, software developers and postdoctoral researchers to develop new methods and tools for large-scale metagenome data analysis.

• Perform comparative analysis across hundreds of metagenomic data and billions of genes.

• Develop statistical methods to compare different samples/communities.

• Prepare research results for publication and for presentations at scientific meetings.

• Application of standard bioinformatics tools for the analysis of genomic/metagenomic data.

• Design and implementation of new approaches for soil virome analysis.

• Publish in peer review journals and deliver scientific presentations at scientific meetings.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

• Development of software for organization and handling of metagenomic data and automation of analytical procedures.

• Develop and present updates and reports at group meetings.

• Support the development of user interface for navigation and data comparisons across thousands of genomic/metagenomic samples.


What Is Required:

• Recent Ph.D. (within the last 4 years) in Bioinformatics, microbiology, virology, or a related discipline with training/experience in bioinformatics.

• Experience in any of the following areas: viral genomics, metagenomics, microbial ecology.

• Strong experience in analysis of microbial/viral genomes and metagenomes is essential with a proven track record in this area reflected in recent or pending publications.

• Strong experience with UNIX utilities and filesystems.

• Familiar with command line sequence analysis tools e.g. Last, Hmmer, Megahit, MetaSpades, etc.

• Strong experience in scripting tools in order to mine data files.

• Good experience with processing and analysis of genomic/metagenomic data.

• Good experience with using standard bioinformatics tools and databases.

• Knowledge of Biology/Biochemistry and understanding of key and complex biological concepts (genes, pathways, microbial phylogeny).

• Ability to independently carry out creative research with tenacity and of the highest quality standards.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues with tact and diplomacy.

• Excellent organizational, analytical, and record-keeping skills with the ability to organize and present technical reports to collaborators, JGI staff, management, and sponsors.

• Demonstrated ability to accurately and eloquently represent and promote scientific projects to audiences of diverse technical backgrounds.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Experience programming in Python, Bash scripting and familiarity with Linux/Unix.

• Experience with the R statistical analysis platform.

• Experience with machine learning.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on May 4, 2018. 



• 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 paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• 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: DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) — 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA.


How To Apply

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