Research Assistant I (Root Depth) - Plant Biology Laboratory , Dr. Wolfgang Busch

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Apr 27, 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 for conducting genetic analysis and confirm trait changes of genetic changes.

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 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 troubleshooting. 


(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



  • 1 years of related lab experience


  • 1-year experience with caring for plants
  • 1-year experience with genotyping or phenotyping in molecular biology lab



  • Bachelor degree in Biological sciences, or equivalent



  • 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


  •  Experience in plant research
  • Experience with image manipulation in imaging software
  • Experience with image based statistical analysis


  •  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.


This position requires constant handling, seeing, and sitting. 

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