Plant Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
September 16 2020
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Plant Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow - 90976

Organization: JG-Joint Genome Institute


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, Joint Genome Institute (JGI, Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the team. The postdoctoral opportunity will participate in research directed at understanding complex plant-microbial interactions at their most fundamental level. 


JGI has been instrumental in driving collaborative science towards a better understanding of plant microbial communities. In coordination with a group including Benjamin Cole, Henrik Scheller, Axel Visel, Diane Dickel, Ronan O’Malley, the Postdoc will utilize spatially resolved, single-cell characterization strategies to better understand how colonizing microorganisms impact plant tissues and cell types. The Postdoc will use established model species (e.g. Arabidopsis thaliana, Brachypodium distachyon, Medicago truncatula) and known plant-colonizing microbial species to study various facets of plant-microbial interaction, including colonization, growth promotion, and the impact on carbon sequestration. These efforts will ultimately inspire bioengineering strategies for bioenergy crop improvement. This project will leverage the varied sequence-based science and computational capabilities at JGI, as well as new or existing collaborations with scientists at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Joint Bioenergy Institute, and external groups. This position will be located at the Integrated Genomics Building, a brand-new research facility on the Lawrence Berkeley Lab campus.


What You Will Do:

• Develop and utilize multiple single cell-based methods for studying plant/microbial interactions.

• Develop computational analysis strategies for analyzing multifaceted plant/microbial single-cell datasets.

• Work with other JGI/LBL scientists and external collaborators on functional genomics analyses on bioenergy-relevant crops.

• Analyze and summarize data and present findings at internal lab meetings and scientific conferences.

• Publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to scientific research papers and reports.


What is Required: 

• Ph.D. in biology, microbiology, botany, genetics, genomics, computational biology, or a related field.

• Solid understanding of general plant biology, plant cell and/or developmental biology, and plant/microbe interactions.

• Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as DNA/RNA extraction, and analysis methods.

• Strong interest in genomic and functional genomic questions and in the use of computational strategies to derive biological insights from sequence data.

• Demonstrated scientific productivity through publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Experience with microscopy, histology and/or cell fractionation.

• Experience in computational data analysis.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• This is a full time, 1-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 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.    

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

• 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.


How To Apply

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Learn About Us:

JGI & Berkeley Lab: A View to Fuel Innovative Science in the Public Interest

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?


Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


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