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

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Apr 07, 2022
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Job Location is at 10255 Science Center Drive,  San Diego, CA 92121 or 10010 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

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 confirm trait changes through genetic manipulation and various phenotyping methods.

The Research Assistant I will work closely with a more experienced-level Research Assistant, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory to conduct screening of root traits to identify genetic mechanisms that lead to optimal root systems for carbon sequestration. Responsibilities include plant maintenance and manipulation, image acquisition, trait measurement, optimizing protocols for plant growth and plant measurements, data analysis, and utilizing molecular biology techniques such as primer design, PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, bacterial transformation, and cloning to further characterize genes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

(100%) Research and Lab Support

  • Genotypes and phenotypes plants
  • Prepares buffers, medias, and lab stocks
  • Optimizes imaging protocols
  • Performs data analysis
  • Inventory's supplies
  • Provides innovative solutions for experimental bottlenecks
  • Performs molecular biology techniques to look at gene expression & function

 EXPERIENCE

 Required:

  • 0-2 years related lab experience or equivalent combination of education or experience.

 Preferred:

  • Experience with caring for plants
  • Demonstrated experience and application of molecular biology knowledge, specifically with plant development and genetics.
  • Experience with image manipulation for statistical analysis

EDUCATION

 Required:

  •  Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, or equivalent combination of education or experience.

 SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 Required: 

  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of relevant biology techniques.
  • Ability to research information and analyze data to arrive at valid conclusions.
  • Ability to learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and/or written protocols, including follow-up on previously begun procedures.
  • Ability to operate and maintain various lab equipment.
  • After initial instruction, ability to follow directions and perform routine 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
  • Highly organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities

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 research environment, although this specific position is with a plant biology-focused laboratory.
  • Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.

 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/MENTAL ACTIVITIES/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

This position will be constantly handling, seeing and sitting.

Application Details

Apply Here: https://www.salk.edu/about/careers/

 

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