Research Assistant I, Plant Biochemistry - Plant Biology Laboratory, Dr. Wolfgang Busch

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Sep 02, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Posting Details

    • Posted: August 28, 2020
  • Full-Time
  • Salk Main Campus



    La Jolla, CA, USA
    Salk Main Campus



    La Jolla, CA, USA
    LF Encinitas



    Encinitas, CA, USA
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    Encinitas, CA, USA
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Job Details

Description

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all position (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The CRoPS project aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change. A major component of this research is to phenotype plant traits for conducting genetic analysis and confirm trait changes of genetic changes.

The Research Assistant I will work closely with a Research Asst III, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory conduct screening of root traits to identify genetic mechanisms that lead to optimal root systems for carbon sequestration, and assess phenotypes of genetically engineered crop plants. Responsibilities include: plant maintenance and manipulation, image acquisition, trait measurement, optimizing protocols for plant growth and plant measurements, data analysis, and troubleshooting. 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

(100%) Research and Lab Support

  • Phenotypes plants and evaluates plant traits.
  • Performs plant tissue dissection.
  • Assists with maintaining lab stocks.
  • Performs selection and genotyping of plants.
  • Prepares plant samples for chemical analysis.

 

EXPERIENCE

Required

  • previous experience in handling plants;
  • previous experience in plant biology related lab work

Preferred

  • Experience in plant research
  • Computer skills
  • Experience with microscopy
  • Experience with preparing plant samples for chemical analysis
  • Experience with one or more of following plant species (corn, wheat, rice, canola, soybean, radish, clover, sorghum)

 

EDUCATION

Required

  • Bachelor degree in Biological sciences;

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required

  • Understands operation of basic lab equipment.
  • Ability to perform routine, repetitive functions.
  • After initial instruction, ability to follow directions and perform repetitive tasks.
  • Ability to communicate required information and keep accurate records of work performed.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.  
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related work environment.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This position requires constant hearing, seeing, sitting, and talking. 

Qualifications


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