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Postdoc - Civil and Environmental Engineering - UC Berkeley (Superfund)

Application Window

Open date: April 8th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Feb 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Feb 28, 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

The Alvarez-Cohen and Sedlak Labs in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar, with a focus on microbiology & molecular biology for anaerobic dehalogenation.

This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: April 2021 or until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience and in accordance with the University of California Postdoctoral Union.

Duties of Position:
The Postdoctoral Scholar will focus on two main projects:

  1. Establishing a CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing platform in the bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough (DvH). Work has been done to construct plasmids and transform DvH, and there is still much to do to successfully edit the genome.
  2. Study a tri-culture containing DvH, Dehalococcoides mccartyi (a bacterium that reduces chlorinated solvents), and Desulfosporosinus auripigmenti (a bacterium that reduces and mineralizes arsenic). The postdoc will study how these bacteria interact to enable the bioremediation of chlorinated solvents and arsenic combined.

In addition, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work with funding agencies (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)), perform team-based and individual research, oversee day to day laboratory activities, mentor students, present at national conferences, prepare results for publication and assist with grant writing.

Basic Qualifications:
PhD or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (by start date):
PhD or equivalent international degree
No more than four years of post Ph.D. research experience

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD (or equivalent international degree) in Environmental Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or Chemistry.
Molecular biology experience highly desired
RNA-Seq and bioinformatics experience are highly desired.

Salary and title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The salary range for this position is $54,540-$63,036.

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here: Additional information can be found on the website:

Application Procedure:
To apply go to

Please direct all questions for this position to, with the subject line: [Superfund Postdoc Application]

Job will remain open until filled.

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 ( 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:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Berkeley, CA