Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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Researchers in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory seek to unravel and fully describe the complexities of biological systems--from how plants make oils and other products to the role of proteins in disease. Our work helps to develop and makes use of the tools and techniques of biochemistry, molecular genetics, and structural biology. We also leverage the unique capabilities of Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source-II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials, major research facilities open to scientists from around the world. Our research makes important contributions to fulfilling the missions of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Biological and Environmental Research. In addition, together with the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Biology Department manages the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven, which is used by radiobiologists and physicists to study the effects of space radiation on both living and non-living systems with the aim of protecting future astronauts.
Position Description A one year term postdoctoral position (with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance up to three years) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Tim Paape in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The position involves identifying plant-microbe interactions using nitrogen fixing, symbiotic bacteria ( Sinorhizobium , Rhizobium ) and legume plant systems. We are interested in genetic and cellular mechanisms involved in detoxification of plant tissues when exposed to heavy metals. The post doc would be involved in several possible lines of investigation including but not limited to: XRF imaging in both host plants and microbes using beamlines at NSLS-II, transcriptomics (RNA-seq), qPCR, functional genetics using gene knock-outs (RNAi, CRISPR), genome annotation of newly assembled rhizobia genomes, genetic diversity analysis, and quantitative genetics. The post doc will be encouraged to pursue independent aspects of plant-microbe interactions and role of ion detoxification by both plants and microbes, as well as combining several interdisciplinary aspects using the techniques listed above. Incorporation of evolutionary and/or ecological aspects and analyses into this research would also be highly welcome. We foster a high-energy, diverse culture with a "can-do" attitude - enthusiasm to work collaboratively and to learn new approaches is essential. Equally, we hope to expand our group's skillset by incorporating incoming skills. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct experiments using host plants and symbiotic microbes for ionomics, XRF imaging, and transcriptomics.
Cultivate plants and microbes using sterile techniques for genetic and imaging experiments.
Sample preparation for RNA-seq, metabolomics and functional characterization of genes and pathways regulating plant metal homeostasis.
Molecular analysis of candidate ion transporter genes.
RT-PCR preparation and qPCR analysis, Sanger sequencing and basic sequence alignment/analysis.
Using publicly available databases to identify sequence homology (i.e. BLAST, NCBI).
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ph.D. in plant biology, molecular biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, or related field.
Demonstrated experience with mass spectrometry imaging and X-ray fluorescence imaging.
Demonstrated knowledge in molecular, genetic and biochemical characterizations of genes and pathways.
Experience in manuscript writing and demonstrated track record of publication of research in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based research environment.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Quantitative genetics and phenotype analysis.
Analysis of genomics data, RNA-seq, Illumina, SNP calling.
ICP-MS or similar mass spectrometry for ion analysis.
Knowledge of plant physiology, metal homeostasis, biochemistry.
Microscopy and image analysis.
Evolutionary or ecological genetics/genomics.
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
The initial appointment will be one year with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance up to three years.
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