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Thursday, June 10, 2010


Qualified staff are encouraged to apply for the jobs below, or forward to others who might be interested. Go here to see a full listing of open positions.

Bioinformatics Systems Analyst 2/3 (Genomics) Design resequencing experiments to enable the study of plant population dynamics, diversity and substructure.

Staff Scientist/Engineer (Materials Sciences) Lead a program to advance the science of micro/nano fabrication of integrated nanostructured systems; collaborate on external user facility proposals.

Postbaccalaureate Fellow (Advanced Light Source) Work on problems related to state-of-the-art optical and at-wavelength measurements with x-ray optics at the ALS Optical Metrology Laboratory.

Administrative Services Supervisor (Environmental Energy Technologies) Coordinate administrative support services and act as an administrator to some research groups.

Outreach: Summer Internships, Lectures Can Change Lives

Larry PezzagliaEmily Chen still vividly remembers the lecture on gecko feet. She was an eighth grader attending Berkeley Lab’s Nano*High program and heard how gecko feet might translate into a new adhesive product based on carbon nanotubes. “I walked away curious about academia and convinced that I could be part of the next generation to make revolutionary and meaningful scientific discoveries,” said Chen. Larry Pezzaglia (pictured) enjoyed his first internship in the Computing Sciences Division so much he came back a second summer. Then he went on to major in computer science at UC Berkeley, worked part-time at Berkeley Lab during the summers, and after graduating returned to the Lab again, where he is now a system administrator for the division. More>

ESnetComputing: ESnet Launches New Blog Called 'Network Matters'

Berkeley Lab's ESnet has historically kept a low profile ("We are like a utility; we only get called when something goes down, and we are very reliable"). But last year it received a rather large infusion ($62 million) in ARRA funding to ramp up the speed and effectiveness of scientific networking for the Department of Energy. Now ESnet has a new blog called “Network Matters” about projects in progress and the large scale science projects ESnet makes possible. Check the blog to get the latest in technology trends, new hires, the quest for the 100G prototype network to make scientific exchange more efficient, and, for those who like to monitor scientific data flows as much as we do, periodic snapshots of Large Hadron Collider traffic.

EnzymeResearch: Enzyme Prevents Misfolding; Offers Clues to Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease belongs to a family of conditions classified as amyloidoses, in which misfolded proteins clump into plaques or fibrils instead of taking their normal, soluble form. Why this happens and how it might be prevented has been the subject of intense research for decades. Equally of interest is how most proteins have evolved to avoid misfolding. QB3 and Berkeley Lab researchers Susan Marqusee and Carlos Bustamante show in new research that, in T4 lysozyme — an enzyme related to one responsible for a form of amyloidosis — a subtle detail of topology ensures that the protein either folds all at once or not at all, avoiding dangerous intermediates. More>

NERSC: Computers Give Insights Into Generating Power Like the Sun

Although magnetic fusion has been achieved on Earth, researchers still do not understand the behavior of plasma well enough to effectively confine it to generate a sustainable flow of energy. That's where the supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab come in. More>

Employee Activity: Rumba, Tahitian Cardio, and Summer Gala Events

The Lab’s Dance Club will launch its Rumba instruction series on Monday, with classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 76 recreation room (76-235). The club also offers regular Tahitian cardio classes on Thursdays, same time and location. And on Friday, June 25, the club will host its Summer Gala at the Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland. Contact Barbara Atkinson for more information (x7227). No dance experience or partners are required for any of these events.

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