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Metagenomics - Global Health

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Position Description:

The Pickering lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a collaborative project with The Broad Institute to investigate the effect of drinking water treatment on bacterial strain sharing among Kenyan children. This research will leverage a unique opportunity to investigate the effects of community-wide chlorinated drinking water treatment across urban and rural communities to provide novel insight into the scope of drinking water treatment infrastructure that is needed to protect young children’s health in low-income settings. The samples for this project have already been collected. The postdoc will contribute to preparing the samples for sequencing, data and bioinformatics analysis, and manuscript writing. The position will be based at UC Berkeley but will be jointly advised by Dr. Ashlee Earl at the Broad Institute (senior group leader, Bacterial Genomics). The postdoc will have the opportunity to be involved in other projects based on their interests.


Required qualifications include a PhD in a related field, molecular lab experience (nucleic acid extraction), data analysis (biostatistics, R, python), bioinformatics (metagenomics analysis pipelines), and a strong interest in global health. Experience with Nanopore sequencing and long-read bioinformatics experience is highly desired.

How to Apply:

To apply please email Dr. Pickering (pickering[at] a single PDF containing your CV, three references (names and email addresses), and a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position. Please put in the email subject “Pickering Lab joint Broad Institute Postdoc “.