Postdoc in Innovative Genomics

University of California Berkeley

Postdoc - Innovative Genomics Institute

Job #JPF03566
  • Innovative Genomics Institute / College of Letters & Science - Biological Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Postdoc
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc series salary scale.
Percent time: 100%
Position duration: 1 year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: September 6, 2022

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

Final date: Thursday, Oct 6, 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

BiomeForge, a new UC Berkeley group run by Jennifer Doudna and Jill Banfield, is recruiting postdocs to join a team developing in situ DNA editing of microbiomes. As part of BiomeForge, postdocs will build on proof-of-principle community editing experiments to create efficient and broad host range editing toolsets using various CRISPR-Cas systems, engineered phages, and next-generation selection markers. This precise control of microbiomes will be leveraged by the postdocs for mechanistic understanding and applied control of impactful microbial communities such as those in the human gut, cow rumens, and the rhizosphere.

Two postdoc positions will open in this group at the University of California, Berkeley Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). These positions will be advised by Jennifer Doudna with day-to-day mentorship from IGI PIs Benjamin Rubin and Brady Cress. The postdocs will heavily rely on and develop skillsets in microbial and molecular biology, genetics, and genomics. Postdocs will be responsible for leading experiments and communicating results through lab presentations, publications, and conferences.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date.

The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications

Doctoral degree in Biology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, or related discipline.

Publication record in the area of Microbiology, Genetics, Bioengineering, or related fields.

Demonstrated experience with standard and anaerobic cultivation of non-model microorganisms and microbial communities.

Demonstrated experience with genetic editing of non-model microorganisms.

Demonstrated experience with the development of model microbial communities.

Demonstrated experience with next generation sequencing and functional genomics assay development.

Demonstrated experience with bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data.

Demonstrated experience with prokaryotic and phage genome engineering.

Experience writing grants and securing own funding.

Experience training and mentoring junior scientists

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
Reference requirements
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Job location

Berkeley, CA