Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow (Joint Genome Institute) – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley, CA

Job Description:
The Joint Genome Institute ( JGI ) has an exciting opportunity available for a Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated candidate with a strong background in microbiology and computational biology to join the New Lineages of Life project. You will be expected to reconstruct and characterize genomes from candidate phyla and novel phylogenetic lineages through the large-scale analysis of metagenomic data and assemble a genomic reference catalogue of microbial “dark matter.”
Specific Responsibilities:
Responsible for designing and managing large-scale analyses of metagenomes to identify candidate phyla to target for genome reconstruction and metabolic characterization as part of a microbial “dark matter” genomic catalogue

Utilize scripting language(s) and apply standard bioinformatics tools and pipelines for the analysis of genomic and metagenomic data

Work in a high-performance computing environment and interact with a team of computer scientists, software developers and postdoctoral researchers to develop new methods and tools for large-scale metagenomic data analysis

Apply knowledge of microbial metabolism and physiology to carry out in-depth characterization of genomes from novel phylogenetic lineages

Present updates at group meetings and at scientific conferences, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals

Contribute to research as part of a large multidisciplinary team

Additional Desired Responsibilities:
Develop software for the organization and handling of metagenomic data and automation of analytical procedures

Support the development of user interface for navigation and data comparisons across thousands of genomic and metagenomic samples

Required Qualifications:
Recent Ph.D. (within the last 4 years) in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline

Experience in analysis of microbial genomes and metagenomes is essential with a proven track record in this area reflected in recent or pending publications

Substantial knowledge and understanding of bioinformatics tools for sequence similarity search, multiple sequence alignment, profile search, clustering and phylogenetic analyses using ribosomal genes and conserved marker genes is required

Significant experience in methods and tools for next-generation sequencing, metagenome assembly and binning, and genome reconstruction

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Ability to independently carry out high-quality research with tenacity and creativity

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Strong understanding in a scripting language (Perl, Python) is a must, knowledge of Unix tools, relational databases and R

Good knowledge of tools for microbial ecology studies

Experience in or familiarity with statistical analysis

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

This is a 1 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 3 of years paid postdoctoral experience.

Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

This position requires completion of a background check.

Work will be primarily performed at: 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA

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