Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Ecology Department has an opening for a Permafrost Microbiome Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team. In this exciting role, you will lead comparative analyses of multi ‘omics datasets to address questions regarding microbial and viral genomic diversity, metabolic activity in Arctic soils and permafrost. The research project focuses on understanding the functional and phylogenetic evolution of microbial and viral communities in Arctic soils and permafrost under seasonal and disturbance mediated thaw events. This work will be conducted in collaboration with NGEE Arctic and will focus especially on the analysis of paired metagenomes and metatranscriptomes from NGEE Arctic field sites in Utqiagvik and Nome, Alaska. The expected workload will be 100% computational and additional tasks will include activities such as developing, testing, and troubleshooting new comparative omics approaches. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in bioinformatics, computational biology, microbial ecology, genomics, and statistics.
We also have an opening for a research associate (RA) position. RA will postdocs and PhD students with handling of environmental samples for chemical and microbiological analysis. Demonstrated experience with DNA/RNA extraction, quantification and amplification, sequencing with Illumina, Nanopore or PacBio platforms is necessary.