Job ID: 221652

Postdoctoral Scholar - Microbiome Research - Integrative Biology

University of California Berkeley

  • Sep. 19, 2023
  • Postdoctoral Scholar - Microbiome Research - Integrative Biology
  • Integrative Biology
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • 10/07/2023
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Biology - Microbiology
    Biology - Genetics
    Biology - General

Postdoctoral Scholar - Microbiome Research - Integrative Biology

Position overview

Position title: Postdoc
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The current minimum salary range for this position is $64,480 - $69,342. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: November 2023

Position duration: Two years with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window
Open date: August 8, 2023

Next review date: Saturday, Sep 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 7, 2023 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 Integrative Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoc in the Shapira Lab, in the general area of Microbiome research and microbial genetics.

Specifically, the search is for a postdoc who will take part in a project focused on identification and characterization of bacterial factors required for host gut colonization by beneficial commensals. The project was initiated by RB-TnSeq analyses (and additional screens may be required) and focuses on bacterial genes required for colonizing the model host C.elegans, either alone or in the context of a complex microbiome.

Research in the Shapira lab seeks to understand the fundamentals of host-microbe interactions in the context of the whole organism. Research focuses on the shaping of the gut microbiome, employing microcosm experiments, synthetic communities, next-gen sequencing and functional analyses. Additional efforts are aimed at understanding the bacterial side, using bacterial mutagenesis to reveal genetic factors that are important for gut colonization and persistence. The level of investigation in the Shapira lab spans the range between molecular mechanisms, ecological constraints and impact on evolution. To achieve all this, we are using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a powerful model organism for genetic studies as a host model.

The accepted postdoc will carry out research to address the goal described above, preferably while mentoring undergraduate students. They will share results through lab meetings and discussions with the PI, and will summarize results in the form of scientific papers. In addition, postdocs are expected to take part, as all other lab members, in a limited range of standard lab chores.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
PhD (or equivalent international degree). No more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in microbial genetics (genetic screens, gene disruption)
  • Experience in next-gen sequencing and microbiome analysis
  • Computational skills (R, python) and bioinformatic
  • Experience in C. elegans biology
  • Lab bench experience and proven research abilities
  • Independence in conducting research as well as ability to work in a team

Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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