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 to participate in ongoing research in the Viral Dark Matter project. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated candidate with a strong background in microbiology, virology, host-virus interactions, metagenomics. computational biology and bioinformatics to join The successful candidate will be expected to perform viral genomics research, with a strong emphasis on DNA/RNA viral discovery from metagenomics & metatranscriptomic data. The candidate will work as part of the Prokaryotic Super Program and is expected to work independently, as well as contribute as a member of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and software developers. Position reports to the Prokaryotic Program head.

JGI has been instrumental in driving the characterization of Earth’s Virome towards a better understanding of its role in regulating microbial communities 1 .
Specific Responsibilities:
Analyze sequence datasets resulting from genomics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics

Perform large scale analysis of viral genome sequence data, analyze metagenomics sequences, and perform comparative analyses

Identify and analyze CRISPR elements from all isolate genome and metagenomes, and compare these data with viral genome sequences

Contribute to research in the Viral Dark Matter project as part of a large multidisciplinary team

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 metagenome data analysis

Perform comparative analysis across hundreds of metagenomic data and billions of genes

Develop statistical methods to compare different samples/communities

Prepare research results for publication and for presentations at scientific meetings

Additional Desired Responsibilities:
Provide general support to the prokaryotic super program

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

Experience in analysis of microbial/viral 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

Experience in a scripting language (Perl, Python) is a must, knowledge of Unix tools, relational databases and R is desirable

Excellent written and oral communication skills

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

Additional Desired Qualifications:
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 2 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 is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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

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