[3dem] 1 of 4 positions at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (Auer Group)

Manfred Auer mauer at lbl.gov
Mon Apr 14 14:04:53 PDT 2008

The following 4 positions are available at the Lawrence Berkeley  
National Laboratory (www.lbl.gov) in the group of Manfred Auer (mauer at lbl.gov 

1. Postdoc
Description: Technology development on labeling and imaging of plant  
tissue and microbial communities in the context of biofuels at the  
Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI,  www.jbei.org).
The successful postdoctoral researcher will develop, adapt and employ  
novel approaches for imaging plants and microbial communities as part  
of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (www.jbei.org). The challenge is to  
develop novel labeling approaches, i.e. 16S rRNA FISH imaging, that  
are compatible with faithful TEM preparation and to carry out  
correlative fluorescence and electron microscopy imaging of large  
areas and volumes, and possibly also some electron tomography. We  
further anticipate to employ dual beam FIB/SEM imaging to obtain 3D  
volumes of microbial communities.

The work will be carried out in close collaboration with other  
investigators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in the Technologies,  
and Deconstruction Divisions, in which the Auer lab oversees all  
sophisticated imaging efforts. The focus of JBEI is to characterize  
plant cell walls, and their degradation by chemicals, enzymes and  
microbes in order to gain fundamental biophysical insights that will  
help overcome the problem of recalcitrance of lignocellulose for  
biofuel production.

·  Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, Analytical Chemistry, Biophysical  
Chemistry or a related field of science.

·  Experience with electron microscopic sample preparation and  
imaging. Experience with high-pressure freezing, immuno-affinity or  
tag-based labeling would be a plus, but is not essential.

·  Strong written and oral communication skills, and a high degree of  
organization would be desirable, but highly creative (and less  
organized) candidates would also be welcome.

·  Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and obtain results.

·  Ability to work in a team environment and effectively interact with  
a broad range of colleagues.

Manfred Auer, Ph.D.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road, Mail Stop Donner
Berkeley, CA 94720
phone:          +1-510-486-7702
facsimile:        +1-510-486-6488
mauer at lbl.gov

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