Environmental microbiology

Thursday, February 24, 2022
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Institution: 
University of California, Berkeley
Job Description: 

Postdoctoral Position in Wastewater Based Epidemiology

A postdoctoral researcher is sought for a new project on pandemic preparedness and health equity through wastewater-based epidemiology.  The primary focus of the postdoc’s research will be evaluating laboratory methods for analysis of wastewater samples for respiratory and enteric viruses via digital PCR, targeted sequencing (including strategies for enrichment), and non-targeted sequencing.  

The postdoctoral researcher will join the group of Prof. Kara Nelson at U.C. Berkeley and be part of an interdisciplinary research team with collaborators at U.C. Davis, U.C. San Francisco, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  There are unique mentoring opportunities with scientists at LLNL on virus culture and metagenomics and the opportunity to collaborate with epidemiologists at UCSF on the use of wastewater data for improving disease transmission models and assessing health equity.        

The position is for one year with potential for renewal based on adequate progress and availability of funding.  The desired start date is May 1, 2021 but start dates before Aug 1, 2021 will be considered. 

Successful applicants must have a PhD in environmental engineering or environmental microbiology (or similar field) with specific expertise in laboratory methods for pathogen detection in environmental samples.  Prior experience with COVID-19 wastewater surveillance is a plus.  Successful applicants will also demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, writing and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, experience mentoring more junior researchers, and a desire to be part of an inclusive research community. 

Applicants should send the following materials to Prof. Kara Nelson (karanelson@berkeley.edu) with the subject line “WBE postdoc application”: a cover letter stating interest in the project and summary of qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for two references. Initial review of applications will begin on March 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.