Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems & Engineering Division has an opening for a KRuMBS Postdoctoral Scholar. The Postdoc will support the Kyphosid Ruminant Microbial Biodigestion of Seaweeds (KRuMBS) project supported by ARPA-e. The postdoc will be a member of the Biological Systems and Engineering Division at LBNL, reporting to Dr. Steven Singer. The Postdoc will conduct work in identifying and optimizing a unique microbial community isolated from Kyphosids that can biologically degrade macroalgae and convert them through anaerobic digestion to methane and other metabolites.
What You Will Do:
Characterize microbiome populations using the latest advances in -omics technologies.
Carry out conversion experiments using targeted microbial communities and screen for the production of methane.
Develop mass and energy balances for the macroalgae conversion process.
Develop and implement methodologies for improving the production of methane.
Use culturing and assays to screen for desired phenotypes.
Use analytical biochemistry to characterize carbon flows through the conversion process.
Prepare manuscripts for publication and regular progress reports for project team members and ARPA-e program managers.
Participate and present data at group meetings and seminars.
Attend and present at ARPA-e summit and other relevant scientific conferences.
Maintain an accurate and detailed electronic scientific logbook of all experiments performed. Store all data generated in an organized and secure way. Ensure that others could duplicate results.
Adhere to institutional health and safety requirements.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
*Build collaborations within the KRuMBS consortium.
*Assist PI with training and managing the workflow of technical staff and student scientists.
*Contribute to community activities that support the operational success of KRuMBS.
*Participate in professional scientific activities, e.g., reviews of papers, status reports, research proposals, etc.
*Support and contribute to the development of research project ideas and proposals.
*Participate in relevant professional societies with relevance to the program and group activities.
What is Required:
Recent PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, environmental biology, molecular and cellular biology, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or a related field within the last 2 years
Experience with microbial production of methane and methanogenesis
Practical experience culturing microbial communities, specifically under anaerobic conditions, at scales from 100 ml - 2 l and larger (serum bottles, plates, bioreactors)
Practical experience with GC analysis of metabolites, such as biogas and/or VFA
Experience with analytical and bioinformatic analyses and characterization of microbial communities (16S rRNA)
Ability to conduct practical experiments independently
Ability to conduct original work that meets the milestones of a larger project and scientific program
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Basic knowledge of macroalgae
Experience with anaerobic digestion
Experience with HPLC, LC-MS, and GC-MS
Experience with microbiome analysis, including transcriptome and metabolome
Experience with optimizing microbial communities
Experience with feed analysis of feed substrates (van Soest)
Experience with relevant software packages (LabVIEW, SuperPro, various chromatography, microbiome tools)
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time 2 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 of 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 at Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) -- Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.
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