Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for a Research Associate. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. The Biosciences Area of LBNL forges multidisciplinary teams to solve national challenges in energy, environment, and health issues, as well as advance the engineering of biological systems for sustainable manufacturing. As part of the Biosciences Research Division at LBNL, the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB), and JGI Divisions, the Singer Lab seeks to develop state-of-the-art plant growth chambers (‘EcoPods’:https://sites.google.com/lbl.gov/ecopods/) that allow direct and intensive monitoring and manipulation of replicated plant-soil-microbe-atmosphere interactions. The Glass Lab is developing a complementary project that will be tested first in fabricated ecosystems (EcoFABs) for the m-CAFEs project; on the characterization of bacterial-fungal/fungal-plant/fungal-fungal interactions. The successful candidate has expertise in microbiology with strong ecological knowledge and interest in filamentous fungi. The research associate will work jointly with the EcoPod and m-CAFEs team.
What You Will Do:
Support the development and maintenance of a state-of-the-art growth chamber (‘EcoPod’) to study plant-microbiome-ecosystem dynamics under conditions relevant to the real world.
Work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, technicians, plant biologists, microbiologists and soil scientists to develop an EcoPod prototype and associated technical components.
Support benchmarking the growth chamber for a number of metrics related to plant performance, microbial community dynamics, and environmental characteristics.
Support the conduct of drought experiments with Panicum grasses.
Help coordinate and conduct field experiment testing drought stress on biofuel crops.
Help prepare DNA, RNA and metabolomics samples.
Support analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic and environmental (meta-)data to further develop EcoPod design and test equipment parts.
Collaborate with a team of engineers, plant biologists, microbiologists and soil scientists on the development of EcoFABs.
Study the role of filamentous fungi in soil microbial communities.
Study the interaction of filamentous soil fungi and plants in EcoFABs settings.
Use various imaging techniques for the analyses of microbial-microbial and microbial-plant interactions in EcoFABs.
Acquire and analyze genomics and metabolomics data from EcoFABs.
Perform research lab procedures efficiently and with attention to necessary quality control procedures.
Summarize experimental results, provide reports and supporting data as required.
Present progress in group meetings, project meetings, and/or seminars.
What is Required:
B.Sc. degree in the relevant fields in Microbiology, Plant Biology (Phytopathology), or Molecular Biology.
Extended knowledge in plant-microbe or other host-microbe interactions and microbial ecology.
Preferred experience in plant maintenance in greenhouses or other types of growth chambers.
Preferred experience in metabolomics and soil nutrient analysis.
Experience in working with filamentous fungi is preferred.
Background in molecular biology/cell biology with a strong interest in the ecological aspects of filamentous fungi.
Motivation to work independently.
Ability to successfully work in a dynamic team environment.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Strong motivation to contribute to develop the areas of research under the DOE mission.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 31, 2018.
This is a full time,1 year, 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.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
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 West Berkeley Biocenter (Potter St.) — Bldg. 977, 717 Potter St., Berkeley, CA.
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