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 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 RAIII will work with and manage a 2-3 person team responsible for (1) staining and preparing root samples for various types of microscopy, (2) imaging and quantifying the levels of different plant polymers in root tissue, andÂ (3) phenotyping plants for root morphology and function. 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 managing a 2-3 person team, designing and overseeing all the imaging and phenotyping experiments, keeping track of images and image processing data, coordinating with greenhouse staff regarding projected space needs, overseeing the budget allocated to this project and ordering the materials needed 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 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.
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 Instituteâ™s background investigation.
This role requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, and working inside.
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