Berkeley Lab's Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Research Assistant. Under general supervision, the Research Assistant will be supporting the Davies' Lab in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Davies group uses electron cryo-tomography to studies how proteins interact inside cells to execute specific cellular functions. A number of new segmentation programs have become available over the last few years and the research assistant will be assigned the task of installing these programs on our Linux workstations with the help of our IT specialist and then applying them to various existing datasets in order to better visualized the data contained inside the 3D volumes.
What You Will Do:
Install new tomographic segmentation programs with the assistance of our IT specialist.
Used tomographic segmentation programs on assisting datasets.
Compare the benefits and disadvantage of each program for the segmentation of a specific dataset
Present findings to the group
Train other lab members how to use the new programs which have been installed.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree preferred and up to a few years related experience.
Knowledge of Linux operating systems and shell commands
Knowledge of electron cryo-tomography
Knowledge and experience in segmentation of tomographic volumes
Have experience and understanding of cryo-electron tomography
Have experience using machine learning algorithms for segmentation.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Good teamwork skills.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Ability to assist in the preparation of presentations and protocols
Ability to read and understand scientific literature
Ability to keep an ordered and complete record of research activities
Ability to summarize results weekly in lab meetings
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 6 months 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.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be determined based on range by the 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 Donner Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.
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