Research Assistant III - Plant Genetic Engineering, Dr. Julie Law

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jan 08, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Job #: G573
Posted Date: December 17, 2019
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Research Assistant III - Plant Genetic Engineering, Dr. Julie Law
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Plant Biology Laboratory
Position 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 conduct genetic and genomic analysis to identify and understand traits relevant for this project.

The Research Asst III (RAIII) will work with other members of the CRoPS project and with the Law laboratory to assess the roles of gene regulatory networks in modulating the accumulation of root bio-polymers. The RAIII will work with and manage a 2-3 person team responsible for conducting cloning and CRISPR editing experiments, generating transgenic plants, and preparing illumina sequencing libraries to study plant transcriptomes. Initial screening will be done with Arabidopsis thaliana and Lotus japonicus, with later stages expanding into select crop species.

The RAIII will conduct scientific research(bench work), scientific project management, and data analysis as needed. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing a 2-3 person team, designing and overseeing all the cloning and sequencing experiments, keeping track of DNA constructs and transgenic lines, coordinating with greenhouse staff regarding projected space needs, overseeing the budget allocated to this project, and ordering the materials need for conducting all experiments. The RAIII will preform these tasks without close technical supervision. Rather, the RAIII will execute specific experiments that are broadly designed by a post doc or PI and must be able to carry out and analyze experimental results independently. The RAIII will oversee multiple projects, encompassing many research areas and direct Research Assistant I personnel while summarizing the progress, challenges, and future priorities to the PI as needed.



  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field.


  • Master's degree or PhD in biological sciences or related field.



  • A minimum of 2 years of experience as a research assistant or equivalent related experience. Demonstrated experience in standard molecular biology techniques, including previous experience with Gateway cloning and with generating CRISPR mutants in plants.


  • Demonstrated experience with creating cDNA libraries.

Special Requirements:
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work independently and must have a flexible schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute‚Äôs background investigation.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, and working inside.

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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled