Project Scientist--Biologist/Engineer

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Biologist/engineer Project Scientist.   This program is broadly focused on  developing Spectral Phenotyping, which links infrared spectroscopy to biology using computational methods and biological imaging research.  Under general supervision of the principal investigator (PI), the project scientist will conceive and develop research directions in the area infrared spectroscopy and infrared imaging with  opportunities for developing infrared microspectroscopy, bioinformatics, and software-hardware design.  The Project Scientist will lead in planning and completion of research. This includes image acquisition and spectral analysis and computational imaging and biology.


What You Will Do:

  • Independent development of research project with appropriate command of methodology.
  • Maintain organized and well-documented laboratory notebook
  • Command and familiarity with common molecular techniques.
  • Prepare manuscripts and participate in writing grant applications and preparation of meeting presentation
  • Review and mentor the work of support staff related to the research.  This includes the supervision of postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, technical support staff, and students relevant to the project.
  • Responsible and accountable for the proper conduct of the project or activity.
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Present research at seminars and conferences.
  • Assist PI in developing grant proposals.


What is Required: 

  •  Ph.D. or equivalent training and experience in one of the following disciplines: Spectroscopy, microscopy, computational biology, and molecular biochemistry preferred.
  • 2-5 years of Postdoctoral experience.
  • Deep understanding of infrared spectroscopy and working knowledge or strong interest in imaging and hyperspectral analysis, machine learning, statistics, or hardware-software design    
  • The areas of expertise must be one or more of the following: infrared spectroscopy, preferably infrared micro spectrometry, computational imaging, Python programming, bioinformatics, statistics and hardware/software engineering, machine learning.  Familiarity with cell and tissue sample preparation is desirable.
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology with sound knowledge of major scientific concepts in the field.  For example, may have demonstrated knowledge of or experience in protein purification, binding analysis, and design, construction and use of mutant proteins.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a diverse team
  • Ability to document and summarize research results for presentation and publications with a proven record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



  • This is a full time, 2-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • There are multiple openings for this position.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


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