Research Assistant I - Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory, Dr. Julie Law

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Apr 28, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


Job #: H064

Posted Date: April 22, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Research Assistant I - Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory, Dr. Julie Law

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Plant Molecular and Cellular 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 for understanding traits relevant for this.

The Research Asst I will work closely with a Research Asst III, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Law laboratory in identifying plants with roots that store more carbon biopolymers while maintaining normal root function and morphology using various molecular biology and microscopy techniques. The RAI will work in a team responsible for (1) design of constructs to study promoters and deposition of carbon polymers, (2) generation of transgenic plants and (3) preparation of 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.



  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field



  • Experience in working with Arabidopsis thaliana and/or plant biology.
  • Experience with general lab protocols such as PCR, gel extraction, and primer design.


  • 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 an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.

Physical Requirements: This role requires constant handling, seeing, sitting and talking.

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