Computational Biologist Postdoc Fellow Microbial Genomic and Metagenomics Datasets - 80915

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Job Description

Computational Biologist Postdoc Fellow Microbial Genomic and Metagenomics Datasets - 80915
Organization:  GN-Genomics

The Department of Energy JointGenome Institute- DOE JGI (a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)has an exciting Postdoctoral Research opportunity available for a ComputationalBiologist Postdoc.  Will directly leverage JGI computational resources and available data for massive-scale genomic research and sequence-based science of relevance to the DOE. Will participate in the comparative analysis of metagenomics datasets available through the IMG system. Will also participate in the development of novel methods for enabling big data mining, as well as for the identification of novel viruses across thousands of metagenomic samples.Will work independently and contributing as a member of a dynamic,multidisciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and software developers. Positions report to the Prokaryotic Super Program head.

Specific Responsibilities
• Interrogation and interpretation of microbial genomes and metagenomes.
• Application of standard bioinformatics tools for the analysis of genomic/metagenomic data.
• Design and implementation of new approaches for genome/metagenome analysis..
• Publish in peer review journals and deliver scientific presentations at scientific meetings

Additional desired responsibilities
• Development of software for organization and handling of metagenomic data and automation of analytical procedures.
• Develop and present updates and reports at group meetings.
• Support the development of user interface for navigation and data comparisons across thousands of genomic/metagenomic samples


Required Qualifications
• Recent PhD (within the last 4 years) in Biology, Bioinformatics or a related field.
• Experience in any of the following areas: viral genomics, metagenomics, microbial ecology
• Strong experience with UNIX utilities and filesystems.
• Strong experience in scripting tools in order to mine data files.
• Good experience with processing and analysis of genomic/metagenomic data.
• Good experience with using standard bioinformatics tools and databases.
• Knowledge Biology/Biochemistry and understanding of key and complex biological concepts (genes, pathways, microbial phylogeny).
• Familiarity with molecular biology, comparative genomics, metagenomics, and microbial ecology.
• Ability to independently carry out creative research with tenacity and of the highest quality standards.

This is a 1 year term appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. Work will be performed at the DOE Joint Genome Institute(JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA. Job may require occasional travel, weekend, and after-hours work. Detailed information about the Joint Genome Institute program can be found on the World Wide Web at the following location:

This position will be open until filled.  However, for best consideration, please apply by June 30, 2015.

How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Rapid technological advances in genomics have transformed modern biology. From its inception, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has been at the forefront of large-scale sequence-based science. Learn more about JGI happenings ( at and

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