Scientist Metagenomics - 82292
Organization: JG-Joint Genome Institute
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The Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI, a division of Berkeley Lab) is looking for a Research Scientist to join the Metagenome Program. The position will report to the Metagenome Program Group Lead.
This position has three primary roles:
• Design, conduct and publish independent research that pushes the boundaries of metagenomics. Current research cuts across ecosystems and includes projects like discovering new RNA viruses in metagenomes through machine learning methods, sequencing the first large-scale soil virus metagenomes, constructing large scale Bayesian ecological networks and exploring plant-microbe interactions.
• Develop new computational and molecular methods in metagenomics that can be applied by our production groups to thousands of metagenome samples per year.
• Assist scientists who have received user grants from the Joint Genome Institute in planning and implementing experiments.
• Lead or assist in diverse 16S tag, metagenome and metatranscriptome sequencing efforts.
• Perform new and detailed analysis of ribosomal DNA sequence data, metagenomic shotgun sequence data, and metatranscriptome data: build phylogenetic trees, analyze annotated metagenomes, and perform comparative analyses.
• Work on the development of software for machine learning and network analysis of genomic data.
• Design and carry out experiments aimed at recovering microbial genome sequence from environmental samples.
• Create, design, and execute experiments to obtain metagenomic, metatranscriptomic and/or single cell genomic data from target functional and phylogenetic groups of interest
• Perform Research & Development experiments to improve and automate various aspects of metagenomic sequencing, assembly, annotation, and binning.
• Identify areas of improvement and efficiency and offer feedback.
• Troubleshoot all stages of experimental process and optimize Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
• Interface with collaborators, JGI staff, management, and sponsors at other national laboratories.
• Publish in peer-reviewed journals; contribute to scientific research papers and reports.
• Prepare proposals.
• Lead, mentor and train postdoctoral fellows, technical staff and other group members as necessary.
Additional Desired Responsibilities:
• Attend group meetings and present status reports and scientific findings.
• Keep an accurate and detailed record of laboratory and analytical work.