Microbes - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105205
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: April 16 2019

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the interactions between bacteria and algae to understand fundamental elemental cycling in aquatic environments.  You will examine bacteria-controlled metabolic changes in algal physiology using ‘omics, stable isotope imaging, and microbial community characterization.  This position is in the Environmental Isotope Systems group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

Essential Duties
-  Design and conduct experiments with microbial communities in symbiotic relationships with algae.
- Characterzie the rates of elemental exchange between bacteria and algae using stable isotopes and mass spectrometry integrated with physiology and genomic techniques
- Perform sample and data analysis and interpret results.
- Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.

- Perform other duties as assigned, and willingness to learn new techniques in microbial ecology.

Qualifications
- Recent PhD in biology, microbial ecology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or a related field.
- Experience in microbial interaction research through controlled laboratory experiments or complex community manipulations.
- Experience in analysis of 16S rRNA community data and/or metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, or metaproteomics, or other analytical methods.
- Ability to perform independent research and use a scientific approach to solve problems.
- Effective ability to collaborate with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds and ability to travel to coordinate research with collaborators.

- Proficient verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with stable isotopes or radioisotopes.

 

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.

 

Note:   Text revised effective April 16, 2019.  This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.
 
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.