Postdoctoral Position in Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California Berkeley College of Engineering

United States

Postdoctoral Employee – Civil & Environmental Engineering – College of Engineering

Job #JPF03512
  • Civil & Environ Engineer / College of Engineering / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Salary range: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is eligible for full postdoctoral benefits.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer 2022 or until the position is filled
Position duration: This is a one-year position. The appointment may be renewable depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Application Window

Open date: July 7th, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Jul 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Aug 8, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Alvarez-Cohen lab in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar, with a focus on microbiology & molecular biology.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with funding agencies (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)) focused on biotransformation of environmental contaminants at mixed contaminant sites, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other highly halogenated compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and chlorinated solvents; we need new approaches that are selective and highly reactive. This project will apply molecular biology, protein engineering, and high-throughput assays to identify aerobic and anaerobic microbial enzymatic-radical systems that can treat multiple classes of pollutants. Pending funding, the Postdoctoral Scholar will help implement a CRISPR-Cas community genome editing tool to study materials exchange in an anaerobic ammonium oxidizing community. In addition, the Postdoctoral Scholar will perform team-based and individual research, oversee day to day laboratory activities, mentor students, present at national conferences, prepare results for publication and assist with grant writing.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• PhD (or equivalent international degree).
• No more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications

• PhD in in Environmental Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or Chemistry.
• Experience in Molecular biology highly desired
• Experience in RNA-Seq and bioinformatics are highly desired.
• Experience with PFAS.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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