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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Functional Genomics for Multikingdom Microbiomes

Date: Jul 19, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8650 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Integrative Microbiomics Group in the Biosciences Division, Biological and Environmental System Sciences Directorate (BESSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Assist ORNL staff with experimental design and execution of research campaigns to examine multikingdom relationships in environmental microbiomes, with a particular focus on phage/bacteria interactions
  • Develop and deploy customized sample preparation approaches for enriching phage, bacteria, and/or micro-eukaryotes from complex samples (soils, fecal material, plants)
  • Coordinate and execute functional genomics measurements (metatransciptomics or metaproteomics) on these systems
  • Data mining of large-scale omics datasets


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemical or Biological Sciences with particular focus on microbiology, molecular biology, systems biology, or related disciplines completed in the last 5 years
  • Demonstrated expertise in multikingdom microbiome research involving specialized sample prep methods, functional genomics (metatranscriptomics or metaproteomics), and associated bioinformatics
  • Demonstrated record of expertise in experimental approaches for microbiome research and a track record of contributions to peer-reviewed publications


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in advanced sample preparation techniques for enriching phage from complex environmental samples.
  • Expertise generating and evaluating metatranscriptomic or metaproteomic data types
  • Expertise in computational informatics for data mining and visualization. Experience with large-scale analyses of genomes, transcriptomes, and/or proteomes would be valuable, but not required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced interdisciplinary research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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