Postdoc positions in Soil Microbiology and Viral Ecology

LLNL seeks a postdoc scientist to conduct research on molecular microbial community analysis, genomics, and isotope tracing to understand the role of phage in soil.

The Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at LLNL seeks two postdoctoral researchers to use molecular microbial community analysis, advanced genomics and isotope tracing to understand the role of phage in soil. This research will involve stable isotope probing, isotopic imaging (NanoSIMS), and analysis of complex metagenomic datasets and will support LLNL’s multi-investigator program in microbial carbon cycle genomic sciences. The position will be part of the LLNL Systems Biology team, led by Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Steve Blazewicz and Erin Nuccio of the Environmental Chemistry Group. Primary analytical resources include a Cameca NanoSIMS 50 ion microprobe, accelerator mass spectrometry, high performance computing, and active collaborations with external organizations such as UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, LBNL, EMSL and the Joint Genome Institute.


PhD in Microbial Ecology, Viral Ecology, Microbiology, Biology, Biogeochemistry, or related field and demonstrated experience.

  • Experience in environmental viral ecology and/or microbiology
  • Analytical experience with microanalysis and microscopy
  • Skilled with bioinformatics and microbial community statistical analyses
  • Publication record in well-regarded refereed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability as an independent and innovative experimentalist
  • Demonstrated experience in written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations and prepare written publications, and reports.

Interested parties should apply at

and/or contact Steve Blazewicz,

Application deadline:
Start date: Open until filled