Research Associate

Berkeley, CA
Jul 31, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Plant Microbiome Research

The Singer Group seeks to develop state-of-the-art plant growth chambers (“EcoPODs”: that allow direct and intensive monitoring and manipulation of replicated plant-soil-microbe-atmosphere interactions.

This position is for you if...
• you like to troubleshoot, optimize protocols and workflows relevant for laboratory and field work
• you enjoy multi-disciplinary problems (biology and engineering)
• you want to gain unique experience in the plant microbiome world at a National Laboratory

Essential for Research Associate
• BA/BS in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related field.
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related field
• Motivation to work independently and persistently on various biological and engineering problems
• Ability to successfully work in a dynamic team environment
• Strong written and oral communication skills

Optional knowledge skills & abilities:
• M.Sc. degree in the relevant fields in Microbiology, Plant Biology, or Molecular Biology
• Extended knowledge in plant-microbe or other host-microbe interactions and microbial ecology
• Preferred experience in plant maintenance in greenhouses or other types of growth chambers
• Preferred experience in metabolomics and soil nutrient analysis
• Preferably three to five years’ experience in molecular biology or plant microbiome experimental design, greenhouse and/or growth chamber maintenance, plant cultivation

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities,
veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.