POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR QUANTITATIVE METABOLOMICS DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND MICROBIAL BIOLOGY



POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR - QUANTITATIVE METABOLOMICS - DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND MICROBIAL BIOLOGY

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position with expertise and interest in quantitative metabolomics, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and HPLC in the Traxler Lab. The successful candidate will be part of a multi-institutional project investigating the role of microbes in post-fire soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics. Specifically, the Postdoctoral Scholar will implement a metabolomics strategy designed to understand the dominant metabolic processes during microbial re-colonization of topsoil after forest fires. Ultimately, we aim to characterize the post-fire soil chemistry and to follow the fates of individual compounds as they are consumed. This will ultimately lead to an understanding of carbon flux through this ecosystem as it recovers. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with an established team of PI's, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Responsibilities of this Postdoc Scholar will include: developing soil extraction protocols, optimizing the quantitative metabolomics platform using an Orbitrap mass spectrometer, performing experiments, and analyzing the resulting data. The successful candidate should also have experience with best practices for mass spectrometry and basic mass spectrometer maintenance. The successful candidate will also supervise an undergraduate student who will help with this project.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD or equivalent degree program in Analytical Chemistry or related field at the time of
application. Prior experience in the study of fungi or microbes is not required.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Analytical Chemistry or related field by appointment start date.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
We seek a postdoctoral scholar with experience in mass spectrometry-based quantitative metabolomics. Successful applicants should be highly motivated and creative. They should demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a part of a team and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

APPOINTMENT
The anticipated start date for this appointment is June 1, 2017. The initial appointment is for 12 months, with renewal based on performance and funding. This is a full-time appointment.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scale. The annual salary range for this position is $48,216 to $56,400. Generous benefits are included http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs

TO APPLY
Visit: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01360

Interested individuals should submit a one-page cover letter outlining your research interests, a current CV and the names and contact information of two references. Letters of reference may be requested of finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Matthew Traxler at mtrax@berkeley.edu

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.

The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

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