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Postdoc - Microbiome Editing - Innovative Genomics Institute

Position overview

Position title: Postdoc
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: The current minimum salary range for this position is $60,000 - $69,385. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 2023
Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability.

Application Window

Open date: May 25, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 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

Brady Cress and Jennifer Doudna are conducting a joint recruitment for postdocs to work on in situ microbiome editing at UC Berkeley. Postdocs will join a highly collaborative team of researchers in the two labs, which are tightly integrated with the broader Innovative Genomics Institute’s Berkeley Initiative for Optimized Microbiome Editing (BIOME). Projects will build on proof-of-principle community editing experiments to enact precise and efficient modification of microbiome members. This work relies on developing and using novel CRISPR-Cas editing systems, capturing and engineering wild plasmids and bacteriophages as high efficiency delivery platforms for DNA editing tools, applying custom sequencing-based functional genomics methods to study phages, plasmids, and microbiome members in the community context, and employing cutting-edge tools for in situ control of edited organisms.

The postdoc will collaborate with multidisciplinary groups from UCSF, UC Davis, LBNL, JBEI, SNL, and Cedar-Sinai to apply microbiome editing to understand and control impactful microbial communities, such as those in the human gut and cow rumen. Specific projects range from developing improved plasmid- and phage-based DNA delivery systems for in situ microbiome editing to identifying and modifying microbes with causal roles in human inflammatory diseases and in livestock-associated methane emissions.

The Doudna Lab:

The Cress Lab:

Microbiome Editing Proof of Concept Work:


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 three 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, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Bioengineering, or related fields.

Demonstrated experience in the following areas:
Experience with standard and anaerobic cultivation of non-model microorganisms and microbial communities.
Experience with genetic editing of non-model microorganisms.
Experience with bacteriophage isolation, propagation, and editing.
Experience with the development of model microbial communities.
Experience with next-generation sequencing and functional genomics assay development.
Experience with bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing data.
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. More Information and guidelines.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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Job location

Berkeley, CA