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Assistant Researcher - Genome Editing - Innovative Genomics Institute
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 22, 2022
Title Assistant Researcher - Genome Editing - Innovative Genomics Institute
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 05/21/2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biomedical Sciences
    Biology - Cell Biology
    Biology - Genetics
    Biology - General

Assistant Researcher - Genome Editing - Innovative Genomics Institute

Position overview Position title: Assistant Researcher Salary range: Salary commensurate with experience Percent time: 100 Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funds Application Window
Open date: April 21st, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description
The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a multidisciplinary research laboratory focused on genome engineering and potential applications in agriculture, microbiology, and biomedicine. It is a joint venture between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, with the administrative operations located on the Berkeley campus. This position is located at the UC Berkeley campus.

The IGI is presently seeking two highly motivated Research Scientists to develop independent research programs focused on engineering microbial communities for climate change mitigation, improved food production, and better human health. Specific goals will be engineering and evaluation of new genome editing enzymes to reprogram microbial community functions, discovery and improvement of microbial gene delivery systems, development of advanced methodologies to infer gene functions and genetic interactions in non-model and non-isolated microbial community members, establishment of broad host range metabolic selection markers, and application of these technologies to engineer natural and model microbial communities to positively impact agriculture, climate, and human health.

The Research Scientists will collaborate with other investigators at UCB and the Doudna Lab-affiliated universities and labs in the use of genome editing to engineer microbial community function. Occasional travel will be required.

Labor Contract:
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree).
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
4 years of postdoctoral experience
Preferred qualifications
PhD or equivalent international degree in Chemical, Biological Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry.
Experience in engineering and improving genome editing tools.
Experience in microbial community editing projects.
Experience with standard and anaerobic cultivation of non-model microorganisms and microbial communities.
Experience with genetic editing of non-model microorganisms.
Experience with the development of model microbial communities.
Experience with next generation sequencing and functional genomics assay development.
Experience with bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data.
Experience writing, leading, and managing grants, and securing own funding.
Experience with mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, and/or technicians.
The ideal candidates will have the demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, participate in efficient and open in collaboration, and enjoys engaging with a diverse group of researchers. The ideal candidates will also be innovative and able to synergize various ideas and approaches, while exercising sound judgment to evaluate and take acceptable risks.
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Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

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