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Microbial Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Dec 16, 2022

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Microbial Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow

Division:  Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology


Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division is looking for a  talented Postdoctoral Fellow to join their Microbial Genome Program!


In this exciting role, you will work on single-cell projects and be responsible for the establishment of methodologies that will enable the selective isolation, whole genome amplification, and sequencing of single environmental microbial cells which produce secondary metabolites, in a high throughput manner. The research will focus on the use of fluorescently labeled probes and high throughput probe-based single cell isolation and sequencing approaches. You will perform phylogenetic and functional diversity studies and comparative sequence analysis.


What You Will Do:

•   Create, design, and execute experiments that will enable the selective isolation and shotgun sequencing of microbial cells of interest.

•   Develop fluorescent labeling methods for targeted single-cell isolation by Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS).

•   Work with isolates involved in secondary metabolite production and test new methods.

•   Perform fluorescence microscopy imaging.

•   Sample marine invertebrate animals.

•   Build phylogenetic trees, analyze annotated genomes, and perform comparative genome analysis with a focus on biosynthetic gene clusters.

•   Apply standard bioinformatics tools for the analysis of large-scale genomic/metagenomic data.

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


What is Required:

•   A recent PhD in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or a related discipline with an emphasis in Bioinformatics within the last 2 years.

•   Experience with fluorescently labeled probes and fluorescent-activated cell sorting.

•   Knowledge of molecular biology techniques such as PCR, qPCR, cloning, whole genome amplification.

•   Knowledge in microbial ecology, physiology, biochemistry, biogeochemistry, molecular biology and understanding of key and complex biological concepts (genes, pathways, microbial phylogeny).

•   Familiarity with secondary metabolites in bacteria and the microbiomes of marine invertebrates.

with a proven track record in this area reflected in recent or pending publications.

•   Experience with UNIX utilities and filesystems, R statistical analysis platform, and standard bioinformatics tools and databases.

•   Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to organize/present technical reports and provide a proven track record of recent or pending scientific publications.

•   Demonstrated interpersonal skills including experience collaborating with a diverse interdisciplinary research team.


What We Prefer:

•   Experience in any of the following areas: single cell genomics, microbial genomics, metagenomics, including data processing/ analysis.

•   Experience with next generation sequencing platforms (Illumina, PacBio, ONT).

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


For full consideration, please apply 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, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 3 year 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 of paid postdoctoral experience.

•   This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes with predetermined postdoctoral step rates dependent on years of experience post-degree.

•   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 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.



How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.



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