Job Requisition Number: 27365. The Firestone Lab studies soil microbial ecology – examining how all those microbes interact with growing plants and with each other, how they break down carbon substrates and cycle nutrients, and how they impact exchange of gases such as CO2, CH4, and N2O between the soil and the atmosphere. Our recent projects examine topics ranging from:
1. Microbial mediation of soil carbon dynamics; 2. Processes in the zone of soil around the plant root, called the rhizosphere; 3. Using a meta-omic approach to link identity with function (from metagenomes to metatranscriptomes to metaproteomes and metabolomes); 4. Digging deeper to examine microbial communities in saprolite (proto-soil); 5. And microbial mediation of nitrogen cycling, with a particular focus on the highly reactive nitrous oxide.
For more information about the Lab, please visit https://nature.berkeley.edu/firestonelab/
•Conduct standard molecular laboratory work, including DNA and RNA extractions, on soil samples. •Perform faunal (protozoa and nematode) extractions on soil samples. •Prepare amplicon libraries for sequencing. •Process amplicon sequence data for analysis of faunal communities. •Other duties as needed (e.g. attend lab meetings, assist lab staff with sample collection, inventory lab supplies).•Able to work effectively with and respond to other lab members and meet their needs. •Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail . •Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently. •Experience with basic molecular microbiology laboratory techniques. •Experience working with soil, including soil preparation. •Experience with amplicon library preparation and data analysis. This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/tx/index.html
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