Science Communications & UX Research Student Assistant

Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's ( ), has an opening for a Student Assistant to join the National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC) team!

The NMDC is a new pilot program that aims to make microbiome data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) by developing a science gateway. Ensuring that the data standards, analysis workflows, and infrastructure in the NMDC data ecosystem are informed and driven by the microbiome research community is critical to the program's success; community engagement is one of the NMDC's strategic priorities.

The Student Assistant will assist with conducting and coding user interviews with microbiome researchers, synthesizing the knowledge learned, and presenting it to relevant technical members of the NMDC team. The usability research will inform the development of the NMDC. The Student Assistant will also assist with content creation for the various NMDC web platforms as a means of engaging with the growing NMDC community.

The Student Assistant will work under close supervision within the NMDC Engagement team, will report to the NMDC Scientific Community Engagement Manager, and actively collaborate with team members at Berkeley, Pacific Northwest, Oak Ridge, and Los Alamos National Labs.

What You Will Do:

Assist with conducting, transcribing, synthesizing, and analyzing usability interviews

Share (written/oral) insights from user research activities

Develop a content calendar and ensure that the schedule is followed

Develop social media content

Contribute to the development of content for the website and newsletters

What is Required:

Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a life science degree program in good standing

Proficiency with the Google Drive platform

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Familiar with social media

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

Undergraduate student years 3-4 preferred

Familiar with microbiome, bioinformatics, and/or computer science concepts

Experience with user research and/or usability design concepts

Experience with science communications


This is a part-time (10 hours a week), 6 month, student assistant appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

Salary will be predetermined based on student step rates.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

This position will be remote initially, due to Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions. However continued remote work is available.

Learn about us!

Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology

Mission: Linking genome biology to ecosystem dynamics.

Vision: Sustainable solutions to energy and environmental challenges developed through mechanistic understanding of ecosystem dynamics.

Approach: We develop systems-level models using integrated molecular observation and controlled manipulation of model organisms and defined biomes to design and test interventions that promote beneficial outcomes.

Berkeley Lab

(LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- .

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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