The Institute for Genomic Diversity (IGD) / the Buckler Lab, operating under the umbrella of the Institute of Biotechnology, is a dynamic group of ~30 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. That data is used by the group to, among other things, 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:
Collection of tissue samples for DNA, RNA, and protein extractions;
Performing general molecular biology protocols including extracting DNA, RNA, and protein samples;
Preparation of DNA and RNA libraries for next generation sequencing protocols;
Sample submission to service providers and/or shipment to collaborators;
Sample tracking through a computer program;
Sample QC and troubleshooting;
Standard laboratory maintenance and ensuring safety compliance;
Procurement of laboratory supplies and maintenance of lab inventory;
Reporting of results and protocols.
This position is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding.
Associate degree in biology, genetics, or related area. 2 years' experience working in a molecular biology laboratory or equivalent combination. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills and ability to work in a "team" environment. Ability to evaluate, analyze, and troubleshoot sample quality from varying data sources. Self-motivated and strong work ethic
BS or higher in biology, genetics, or related field. Experience in a molecular biology laboratory with knowledge of DNA/RNA isolation and next-generation sequencing methods. Knowledge of basic scripting languages, data entry, and Linux or Unix environments.
For full consideration, 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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