Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for a Controlled Ecosystem Fabrications Postdoctoral Scholar. Microbial communities comprise the dominant life form on earth and major drivers of global geochemical processes, yet are remain poorly understood. One of the major challenges for generalized understanding of microbiomes in these complex ecosystems is extreme variation in microbiomes and environmental conditions. In many fields, simplified model systems have been developed and adopted by many researchers to accelerate the study various aspects of biology. In contrast, there is no agreed upon model system for studying soil microbiomes, and thus, nearly every researcher in the field is studying a different soil system. This heterogeneity of study systems and an inability to replicate experiments in different laboratories limits determination of causal mechanisms and the ability for scientists to build on each other's work.
The incumbent will be focused on working as part of a multifunctional team that is developing precisely controlled ecosystem fabrications (EcoFABs) that reflect key functional attributes of plant-microbe interactions within soil, focusing on progressively increasing complexity that honor the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. A particular emphasis will be on developing and applying metabolite profiling to examine the small molecule interactions of microbes using mass spectrometry based profiling to examine resource usage by communities and assemblies.
What You Will Do:
Collaborate with team to design and refine model ecosystems.
Use model ecosystems to study microbe-microbe and plant-microbe interactions.
Develop and apply innovative mass spectrometry based metabolite profiling approaches to study microbe-microbe and plant-microbe interactions.
Analyze and integrate results.
Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at seminars and conferences.
Collaborate with other members of the program project research team both internal and external to Berkeley Lab and develop new collaborations as appropriate to further the scientific goals of the Program.
What is Required:
PhD within the last three years in plant biology, chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, environmental microbiology or related field.
Strong background in analytical instrumentation, preferably mass spectrometry.
Strong background in microbial physiology and metabolism.
Experience using sterile techniques for microbial cultures.
Proven ability to perform independent research and organize data for publication and presentations.
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with technical and scientific staff.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Demonstrated ingenuity in dealing with complex problems.
Demonstrated strength and efficiency in technical writing.
Strong publication record.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Training in plant cultivation.
Training in soil science.
Strong track record in developing innovative experimental approaches.
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 4 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 West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.
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