Position Summary: The mission of the Lieberman-Okinow Chair is to improve and enhance small grain cereal crops with genes derived from wild species, foster the conservation of wild cereal genetic resources, disseminate information and germplasm, and educate the next generation of scientists in utilizing genetic diversity for crop improvement. Our research spans the organizational spectrum from the molecular to whole plant and population level. We seek a highly motivated individual to support a project whose primary aim is to identify, characterize, map, and clone disease resistance genes in both cultivated and wild cereal species and assist in their introgression and functional analysis in advanced breeding lines. Research is conducted in the laboratory, greenhouse and field, including international test sites.
Job Duties: (40%) Design, maintenance, and execution of laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments. This includes making decisions on the type of experimental designs to be used in research, use of various management strategies to maintain experiments in good order; selection and increase of pathogens for inoculation; and inoculation and incubation of plants for eventual disease phenotyping.
(20%) Collection of phenotype data and their documentation, interpretation, and analysis. This includes assessing plants (both by visual and digital mean) for their reaction to more than six different diseases at both the seedling stage in the greenhouse and adult plant stage in the field; capturing digital images of key experimental materials; performing the appropriate statistical analyses of data using various statistical software programs (e.g. R, or SAS, etc.); and interpreting the results and planning the next phase of research.
(10%) Organization and maintenance of experimental plant germplasm, pathogen stocks, laboratory supplies, and equipment. This includes documenting and verifying the purity of incoming plant germplasm and pathogen stocks from cooperators; inputting data about each accession in an easily accessible and current database; testing the viability of plant and pathogen stocks and increasing them as needed; ensuring that critical laboratory supplies are ordered and available for experiments as needed; and keeping equipment in good working order.
(10%) Report writing, including creation of accompanying tables and graphics. This includes the writing of comprehensive experimental reports of research for: i) project archives, ii) collaborators, iii) publication in refereed journals, iv) oral/poster presentations at meetings, and v) use in grant proposals. An essential part of these experimental reports is publication-quality figures, tables and images.
(10%) Extraction of DNA from both plants and pathogens and analysis of genotyping/sequencing data. This involves learning various DNA extraction techniques for the specific down-stream analyses; quality control and analysis of genotyping/sequencing data; and interpretation of genotyping/sequencing data for planning the next phase of research.
(10%) Hiring and supervision of undergraduate employees. This involves posting laboratory assistant positions; hiring the best suited individuals from the pool of candidates; providing instruction on laboratory and safety protocols; scheduling work duties; and monitoring work quality and hours.
Percent Time: 75% (30 hours/week) or 100% (40 hours/week)
This is a civil service position that can accommodate candidates desiring either a 75% (30 hours/week) or 100% (40 hours/week) time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be eligible for the Regents scholarship and access to a number of other excellent University sponsored benefits.
Required Qualifications: The minimum qualifications are: i) B.A./B.S. degree in biological sciences, agronomy, genetics, microbiology or plant pathology and at least a year of work experience (or an equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal five years) in the pertinent research areas; ii) maintenance of plants in the greenhouse and field; iii) culture and manipulation of microbes, especially biotrophic fungi; iii) basic computer software skills (i.e. word-processing, spreadsheets, and basic statistical packages); and iv) experience in DNA extraction and genotyping analysis techniques.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications include excellent written and oral communication; strong organizational skills; familiarity of inoculation techniques and disease assessment methods with plants, especially cereal crops; advanced computer software skills (i.e. advanced data analysis and statistical packages); supervisory experience; and ability to work independently.
Internal Number: 332494
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