The Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE-JGI, a division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), has an exciting opportunity available for a postdoctoral fellow on a multi-divisional collaborative project supported by a labwide research initiative targeting the “Water-Energy Nexus”.

This individual will work as part of the Microbial Systems Group investigating metabolic pathways and microbe-microbe interactions in contaminant-degrading microbial communities using biochemical and sequence-based methods.

Responsibilities include:

-Collecting field samples of produced water from hydrocarbon extraction operations

-Designing and maintaining microcosms to develop microbial communities proficient in contaminant degradation

-Performing chemical analyses and extracting nucleic acids for sequencing

-Analyzing and interpreting metagenome and metatranscriptome sequence data and metadata

-Identifying key genes, organisms and pathways involved in contaminant removal

Desired qualifications:

-Ph.D. in life sciences or a related field

-Strong background in molecular biology and genomics

-Experience with bacterial growth assays, protocol optimization, and nucleic acid isolation

-Experience with statistics, databases of genomics information, and/or methods of biological sequence data analysis

-Effective oral and written communication skills to work with a variety of technical and scientific personnel as well as present findings at group meetings and conferences

This is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance.

Interested candidates should apply at Inquiries may be directed to Susannah Tringe at

Application deadline: ASAP
Start date: Open until filled
Location: Berkeley, CA