Lab Tech II - Plant Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, Dr. Julie Law

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

Job Description

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 and confirm trait changes through genetic manipulation.

The Lab Tech II will work closely with members of the CRoPS project and the Law laboratory in identifying plants with roots that store more carbon biopolymers and to help support and maintain the lab.


(100%) Research and Lab Support

  • Prepare plant and bacterial media (and associated reagents)
  • Help prepare and monitor plant lines which includes sowing seeds, watering and maintaining mature plants, and harvesting seeds
  • Assist in characterizing plant lines. Perform DNA extractions, RNA extractions, and PCR.
  • Prepare general lab stocks.
  • Perform general lab maintenance and cleanliness procedures.
  • Order common lab materials and reagents



  • 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 will require constant handling and seeing. 

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