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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Proteomics for Microbe and Plant Systems

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9551 


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 Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Group in the Biosciences Division, Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Assist ORNL staff with experimental design and execution of research campaigns to integrate experimental and bioinformatic approaches for the systems-biology characterization of microbial and plant systems
  • Focus will be given to proteomic, phosphoproteomics, and metaproteomic approaches that will be developed, optimized, and deployed for deep, agnostic measurements of complex microbial and plant systems.
  • Collaborate with an array of collaborators both internal and external to ORNL to integrate experimental design to address complex science questions that require state-of-the-art omics approaches.
  • Develop and deploy customized sample preparation approaches, high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, and advanced bioinformatics approaches for microbial and plant systems.
  • Coordinate and execute functional genomics measurements on these systems.
  • Data mining and dissemination 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 systems-biology research, in particular involving specialized sample prep methods, proteomics and/or metabolomics, and associated bioinformatics.
  • Demonstrated record of expertise in experimental approaches for both microbial and plant research and a track record of contributions to peer-reviewed publications.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in advanced sample preparation techniques for proteomics and phosphoproteomics 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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