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The m-CAFEs SFA (Microbial Community Analysis & Functional Evaluation in Soils Scientific Focus Area) is a multi-institutional project that will develop an understanding of the interactions, localization, and dynamics of plant rhizosphere communities that is sufficient, at the molecular level (genes, proteins, metabolites), to predict responses to perturbations. m-CAFEs is a collaborative, coordinated and integrated, mission-driven program to interrogate the function of soil microbiomes with critical implications for carbon cycling and sequestration, nutrient availability and plant productivity in natural and managed ecosystems. The project targets molecular mechanisms governing carbon and nutrient transformation in soil, with a focus on microbial metabolic networks. This project seeks to develop foundational genomics tools to explore and understand molecular ecosystem biology.
Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for a mCAFEs Plant Postdoc. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the Plant Systems Biology Group led by Jenny Mortimer, and part of the mCAFEs Science Focus Area at LBNL. This role will lead a project to characterize plant root responses to defined and manipulated microbiomes, using fabricated ecosystems as a test system.
What You Will Do:
Use existing engineered Brachypodium lines, and develop new ones, to test for plant-microbe interactions in an EcoFAB with fluorescent microscopy, RNAseq, and metabolomics.
Collect and characterize plant root cell walls and exudates.
Work closely with other members of the mCAFES team to develop new EcoFAB designs, and help to fabricate units
Translate results to Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) and Panicum hallii.
Perform at least one scaled up experiment in the EcoPOD.
Prepare manuscripts for publication and six-monthly reports for the PI and funders
Participate in group meetings and seminars. Attend conferences.
Maintain an accurate and detailed electronic scientific logbook of all experiments performed. Store all data generated in an organized and secure way. Ensure that others could duplicate results.
Adhere to institutional health and safety requirements
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Build collaborations within EGSB and mCAFEs
Assist PI with training and managing workflow of technical staff and student scientists
Contribute to community activities that support the operational success of EGSB
What is Required:
Recent PhD in plant biology, biochemistry, or related field
Significant experience with molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry methods
Experience with making and characterizing engineered plants
Experience with metabolomics and RNAseq
Experiment with characterizing plant-microbe interactions.
Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, maintain appropriate records and manage data
Strong collaborative skills and ability to work in a team environment
Good verbal and written communication skills
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience with abiotic stress response in plants
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time 3-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 2 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) -- Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.
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