Research Associate - Microbe Functional Genomics

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location: 
Walnut Creek, CA
Job Description: 

Research Associate - Microbe Functional Genomics - 75273
Organization: GN-Genomics

The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA (a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) has an exciting opportunity available for an experience researcher. Will join the ‘Functional Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea’ (FEBA) project, a highly collaborative new project that is applying novel experimental and computational approaches to determine functions of the large number of currently ‘unknown’ genes identified from genome sequencing projects. Specifically, we are combining bacterial mutagenesis, high throughput growth assays and high throughput sequencing to uncover novel gene functions from dozens of diverse bacteria, with an emphasis on those with a role in bioenergy, carbon cycling, and bioremediation. Under close supervision, the research associate will apply basic molecular biology and microbiology techniques to assist in various aspects of this project including culturing of bacteria, isolation of nucleic acids, preparation of DNA for sequencing, and development of new experimental approaches for studying genome function. This is a highly collaborative position requiring effective communication with experimental and computational scientists across the contributing research groups.

Specific Job Duties
• Develop genomics applications utilizing new sequencing technologies
• Culturing of bacteria and archaea
• Prepare RNA for next-generation sequencing assays.
• Prepare genomic DNA for next-generation sequencing assays.
• Cloning and routine DNA sequence analysis.

• Keep detailed laboratory notebook and upload data in relevant databases.
• Prepare reports and standard operation procedures as requested.
• Participation and reporting in FEBA research group meetings.


• Bachelor's degree preferred and some experience with basic molecular biology techniques, especially bacterial growth and cloning.
• Experience with DNA sequencing technologies.
• Excellent analytical, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
• Proficiency in maintaining laboratory notes, reports and operating procedures.
• Good problem solving skills and a clear understanding of methods development processes.
• Able and willing to learn and implement new experimentation techniques.
• Due to highly collaborative nature of position, good interpersonal and communications skills are essential.
• Experience using mac or PC and associated software including Word and Excel

Berkeley Lab is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.

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