We are currently looking for a number of experimentalists, computational biologists, programmers and one senior technical program manager.

  • Research associate – We are seeking a Research Associate to be part of a team engaged in functional genomics of the oil-producing yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides. The specific responsibilities will include growth of pooled mutant libraries in various biofuel-relevant conditions and preparation of DNA libraries for next-generation sequencing. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for collecting samples for chemical analysis of lipid content and assisting in the development of methods for high-throughput monitoring of lipid content. The Research Associate will also participate and report in team group meetings. Please email resume and cover letter as a single attachment to: skerker@berkeley.edu
  • Postdocs in yeast genomics  – We are using comparative genomics and Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) mapping to understand the genetic basis of complex traits relevant to biofuel production in both laboratory and industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains.  Our goal is to identify and map QTLs that affect sugar utilization, feedstock hydrolysate tolerance, and ethanol production.  In addition, we are studying oleaginous yeast, such as Rhodosporidium toruloides and Yarrowia lipolytica, using similar genome-wide approaches, to understand metabolic pathways important for the production of fatty acid derived biofuels, such as diesel.
  • Postdocs in bacterial genomics (experimentalist and/or computational biologist) — We have been using  high-throughput genetics and high-resolution transcript mapping to study sulfate-reducing and metal-reducing bacteria that are important for the bioremediation of toxic heavy metals. We hope to develop new experimental and computational methods to understand how these bacteria survive and grow in the environment and how the bioremediation pathways are controlled.
  • Postdoc in bioinformatics — We hope to develop novel tools and algorithms that combine various genome-wide data types to help build predictive models of microorganisms.
  • Research programmers — We are hiring multiple programmers to develop new bioinformatics tools in the area of bacterial genomics and metagenomics. The ideal candidates will have some background in genomics. Candidates at all levels of experience, including recent college graduates, are being considered.