The Institute for Genomic Diversity (IGD) / the Buckler Lab, operating under the umbrella of the Institute of Biotechnology, is a dynamic group of ~25 scientists involved in plant genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics with numerous national and international collaborations and efforts. We work to address three main questions: How can we use genetics to make agriculture more efficient and share those efficiencies globally? How can we reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment? How does genetic variation give rise to phenotypic variation?
This position is tasked with collecting and organizing genomic data. The data is used by the group to explore the connection between genotype and phenotype and to perform genomic selection for developing world agriculture. IGD has a history of cutting-edge research and protocol development. This position works closely with the Scientific Director of IGD (Edward Buckler, Ph.D.) and the Project Manager (Cinta Romay, Ph.D.), as well as interacting with the core facilities at the Institute of Biotechnology, lab members, other collaborators, and service providers.
Primary responsibilities include:
Assistance in non-standard protocol development, recommendation of modifications for optimization, and deployment;
Assistance with scheduling, designing, and developing complex experiments for genomic data collection;
Collection of tissue samples for DNA, RNA, protein, and metabolites extractions with moderately complex record keeping;
Optimization of general molecular biology protocols including extracting DNA, RNA, protein, and metabolomic samples;
Preparation of DNA and RNA libraries for next generation sequencing protocols;
Sample submission to service providers and/or shipment to collaborators of large-scale, multi-collaborator international projects;
Sample QC and troubleshooting;
Testing of new sample sequencing, proteomics, or metabolomic technologies;
Laboratory maintenance and safety compliance;
Procurement of laboratory supplies and maintenance of lab inventory;
High level reporting of results, protocols, and contributing to scientific publications;
Set up of complex materials for workshop instruction and training of other lab members and university students and staff (technicians, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students), and/or outside collaborators.
This position is a three-year term appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding.
Bachelor's degree in biology, genetics, or related field and 2-4 years' experience working in a molecular biology laboratory.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills and ability to work in a ‘team’ environment.
Ability to track projects and work with minimal supervision.
Ability to evaluate, analyzes, and troubleshoots sample quality from varying data sources.
Self-motivated and strong work ethic.
General knowledge of equipment maintenance and laboratory safety protocols and guidelines, knowledge of computers and their software, and a willingness to learn are key.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail are required.
Teamwork, flexibility, and an aptitude for working with a diverse group (both in background and skill set) is especially important in this office/lab environment.
Knowledge of DNA/RNA isolation and next-generation sequencing methods. Experience with basic scripting languages, data entry, and Linux or Unix environments.
Please include both a cover letter and resume in your application.
Visa sponsorship for this position is not available. No relocation assistance available.
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