Lab Tech II - Plant Biology Laboratory, Dr. Wolfgang Busch

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Sep 22, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Application Instructions:

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


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 Lab Tech II will work closely members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory to perform general tasks and routine assignments in support of 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.


(100%) Research and Lab Support

  • Prepares media and media plates
  • Initiates data analysis process on images using image analysis software for trait measurements
  • Monitors plants including watering and seeding
  • Facilitates the transfer of seedlings to media plates for experimental assay
  • Performs general lab cleanliness and maintenance
  • Optimizes protocols for plant growth and plant measurements
  • Takes part in genotyping, including genomic extraction and PCR



  • 1 or more years of relevant experience in a laboratory setting


  • Experience with sterile environments



  • High school diploma or equivalent


  • Undergraduate coursework in genetics, plant biology, physics, or chemistry



  • 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.


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute's background investigation.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • This position is anticipated to be based at the Institute's main campus, but may be required to travel to or work from other local campuses as required.


This position requires constant handling, and seeing.  This position also requires frequent reaching, sitting, standing, talking, analyzing, communicating, and working inside. 

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