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Research Associate

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location
1 Cyclotron Rd
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
Job Description

Research Associate - 91779

Organization: JG-Joint Genome Institute


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, Joint Genome Institute (JGI, Division has an opening for a Research Associate to join the team. The Research Associate will provide research and production support for liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) instrument operation and sample preparation for metabolomics tasks within a high-throughput sample environment in support of DOE mission areas in clean energy generation, climate, and environmental sciences.


This position will support a twelve-month project starting in 2021 with JGI metabolomics workflows that require basic analytical chemistry and biochemistry knowledge and skills. The Research Associate will be responsible for understanding the latest mass spectrometry technologies, support new technology development, and implement new protocols for the JGI Metabolomics Platform. The Research Associate will also troubleshoot process failures and participate in optimization of protocols with emphasis placed on meeting metabolomics production metrics goals.


What You Will Do:

• Perform standard procedures using ESI mass spectrometers (Thermo QExactive and ID-X), automated liquid handling systems, UHPLC, lyophilizer, SpeedVac, centrifuge, and water bath sonicator.

• Perform mass spectrometry data analysis workflows.

• Prepare sets of metabolite standard solutions for LC-MS method development.

• Perform and troubleshoot sample extractions using robotic automation equipment and manual methods following standardized operating procedures involving the safe handling of multiple types of solvents and work with a wide range of samples types. (soils, fungi, microbes, environmental water, etc.)

• Participate in group and team meetings.

• Routinely perform basic lab support duties, including equipment maintenance, purchase of consumables, lab and freezer organization, requisitioning of waste, etc.

• Maintain a detailed lab notebook as well as instrumentation and sample logs.

• Follow EH&S guidelines to ensure the safety of one's self and others in the lab and office spaces.


For full consideration, please apply by January 19, 2021.



• This is a full time, 1-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.

• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

• Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.

• 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.



What is Required:

• B.S. degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, engineering, or a related field preferred and up to a few years related experience.

• Previous experience working in a laboratory environment and performing experiments.

• Proficiency with basic office software. (Google docs, Excel, etc.)

• Detail-oriented with excellent communication and writing skills.

• Excellent troubleshooting skills.

• Demonstrated ability to perform routine data analysis workflows.

• Hard-working, self-motivated, proactive individual, with critical thinking and independent working skills, as well as ability to work with others in a collaborative research environment and with rapidly developing goals and timelines.


Desired Qualifications:

• Experience performing sample extractions for mass spectrometry and automated liquid extraction procedures.

• Experience with sample analysis of small metabolites by mass spectrometry. (ex. amino acids, sugars, organic acids)

• Familiarity or hands-on experience with Thermo Orbitraps (or other mass spectrometers), Hamilton Vantage liquid handlers and Agilent 1290 UHPLC instruments.

• Experience running (and modifying or writing) code written in scientific programming languages. (ex. Python, MATLAB, R)


How to Apply

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


About Our Organization

Learn About Us:

JGI & Berkeley Lab: A View to Fuel Innovative Science in the Public Interest

They say it’s all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next ground-breaking discoveries?


Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


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