You will work on the Discovery project within ENIGMA SFA. ENIGMA-Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies - is a multi-institutional consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its SFA program, managed by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). ENIGMAresearchers seek to advance understanding of microbial biology and the impact of microbial communities on their ecosystems. Team members collaborate closely to generate detailed quantitative understanding across scales -- from molecular to cellular to community-level. We have the technological and scientific arsenal to link environmental microbiological field-studies to both highly advanced field and laboratory meta-functional genomic and genetics tools.
Under the supervision of the principal within the ENIGMA team, you will assist with the development and apply experimental methods that integrate recent advances in gain-of-function and loss-of-function mutant library creation in diverse microbes; study host-predator interaction determinants. The specific responsibilities will include, assisting with general microbiology experiments, screens for host specificity, performing fitness experiments, collecting data, analyze the data and discuss with the group lead and PI. Actively participate in group meetings and in scientific discussions.
What You Will Do:
Use of sterile techniques, culturing of bacteria.
Prepare DNA samples for next-generation sequencing assays.
General molecular biology techniques.
Preparation common lab reagents, media, growth media, prepare buffers and assist the scientists on the project.
Participate in the authorship of project reports and publications.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Keep a detailed laboratory notebook and upload data in relevant databases.
Prepare reports and standard operating procedures as requested.
Participation and reporting in the research group meetings.
What Is Required:
Excellent knowledge of basic molecular biology and genetics concepts.
Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, especially bacterial growth and cloning.
Experience with DNA sequencing technologies.
Excellent analytical, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Proficiency in maintaining laboratory notes, reports and operating procedures.
Good problem-solving skills and a clear understanding of methods development processes.
Ability to learn and implement new experimentation techniques.
Excellent interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skills are essential.
Experience using Apple or PC and associated software including Word and Excel.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Microbiology preferred.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
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.
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