Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Biologist Project Scientist to join the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) Imaging Program, a Department of Energy (DOE)/Biological and Environmental Research (BER) funded National user resource at the Advanced Light Source (ALS).
The Project Scientist will contribute to the operation, optimization, and maintenance of the existing research and technology capabilities. The position will participate in the technology research and development within the BSISB imaging program as well as engage in high-quality collaborative research, data analysis, and publication activities with external users. The Project Scientist will also be involved in preparing and submitting competitive proposals to external funding agencies and establishing new research collaborations.
What You Will Do:
- Coordinate activities with remote users including remote access arrangement, sample transfer, data acquisition, and data analysis.
- Coordinate activities with on-site users including Environment, Health, and Safety (EH&S) training, sample preparation, experiment execution, data acquisition, and data analysis.
- Outreach to new users and provide on-line, telephone, and in-person assistance to users.
- Participate in the preparation of progress reports for submission to funding agencies, manuscripts for publication, and in the development of proposals and patents.
- Participate in meetings with the EH&S staff to ensure that all user activities meet the EH&S requirements.
- Prepare and submit competitive proposals to external funding agencies and establish new research collaborations.
- Perform lab procedures with attention to detail and precision.
- Maintain a well-documented lab notebook (both physical and e-notebook).
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
- Participate in MBIB Division committees and working groups.
- Participate in Lab-wide committees and working groups.
- Provide support for user groups’ culture.
What is Required:
- At least three years of relevant experience beyond the highest customary degree in biology, limnology, microbial ecology, or a related discipline.
- Experience in imaging methods including hyperspectral microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, AFM, EDX-SEM, and TEM.
- Strong knowledge and experience in synchrotron Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectromicroscopy as applied to bioenergy, biogeochemistry, and microbial ecology research.
- Proven capabilities to prepare research publications and communicate results at professional meetings.
- Willing to work with a flexible schedule that can change according to the availability of beamtime, instrumentation, and user project needs.
- Proven ability to work comfortably outside established fields of expertise.
- Imaging techniques: live-cell fluorescence confocal imaging, live-cell FTIR and synchrotron radiation Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) spectral imaging.
- Data acquisition, analysis, and computational skills: fluorescence image analysis, infrared spectra data analysis, univariate, and multivariate statistical analysis; chemometrics.
- Basic biochemistry and cell biology lab techniques.
- Molecular biology techniques: DNA analysis (plasmid extraction, expression vector construction); molecular cloning, sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis; quantitative PCR are desirable.
- Teaching/training skills: ability to communicate and train non-expert research staff to prepare live cell samples for infrared spectroscopy, perform SR-FTIR measurements and use the in-house software packages to perform spectral data processing, visualization, and analysis.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Ph.D. in biology, limnology, microbial ecology, or a related discipline.
- This is a full time 1 year and 6 month term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
- This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
- Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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