Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow (Joint Genome Institute) - 81631

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

Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow (Joint Genome Institute) - 81631
Organization:  JG-Joint Genome Institute

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Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has an immediate opening for a Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow. In this position you will work with the Plant Functional Genomics Group to perform research in plant genomics as part of an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)  funded project to developed advanced breeding methods for sorghum.

What You Will Do:
• Store and organize results for presentation and viewing by project team members and the wider scientific community and prepare results for publication in scientific journals.
• Perform QTL and association studies to identify genomic regions associated with specific traits
• Create de-novo assemblies for many sorghum lines
• Improve methods for defining the core and pan-genome based on the de-novo assemblies
• Use the pan-genome to improve the accuracy of QTL and association studies
• Store and organize results for presentation and viewing by JGI staff, collaborators and the wider scientific community
• Interact with multi-institution project team to ensure efficient communication and completion of analysis projects
• Document group analysis procedures and methods for reference
• Write results up for publication
• Perform follow-up experiments to confirm computational predictions.
• Work with group members and/or outside collaborators on additional pan-genome projects.


What Is Required:
• Ph.D. in life sciences with relevant research experience
• Strong background in genetics, molecular biology and genomics
• Strong organizational and record keeping skills to record experiment results and analyze data
• Laboratory experience in molecular biology
• Effective oral and written communication skills to present findings at group meetings and conferences and publish results
• Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel including Research Associates, Scientists and Software Engineers

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Experience using bioinformatics tools such as Phytozome, ARB, BLAST, QIIME
• Experience with: use of computational methods, databases of genomic information, and methods of analysis for biological sequence data especially next-generation sequence data

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes: This is a 2-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to 5 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.  Salary for postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab (

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