A Junior Specialist position is available in the laboratory of Professor Siobhan Brady. The Brady laboratory operates out of the UC Davis Genome Center, a state-of-the-art genomic research facility, http://www-plb.ucdavis.edu/labs/brady/.
The Brady lab is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist within the Brady lab under the direction and advisement of Dr. Siobhan Brady (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Concepcion Manzano (Assistant Project Scientist). The successful candidate will support our team on projects related to tomato root development.
The candidate will specifically participate in studying molecular basis of root cell type differentiation in tomato. As a member of the research team, work will include cloning, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing analyses, Agrobacterium-based transformation, in vitro plant growth and phenotypic analyses using the confocal microscope. The candidate will maintain plants in the tissue culture, green house, and growth chambers; and perform plant transformation and genotyping. Additional duties include preparation of solutions and media. Also, the candidate is expected to develop experimental designs and protocols to successfully implement them while following strict quality assurance and safety guidelines, record data clearly and completely on paper datasheets and Excel spreadsheets, test hypotheses using statistical techniques including the use of ANOVAs and t-tests and generate graphs and summary tables for presentations and publications.
Professional Competence (5%)
The Junior Specialist is expected to work semi-independently with oversight from the principal investigator, Assistant Project Scientist and postdocs. The candidate is expected to participate in design of the experimental plan and individual experiments. The candidate will keep a detailed laboratory notebook/digital notebook including experimental methods and results. The candidate will assist in preparing data figures and tables and summary of results for progress reports.
University and Public Service (5%)
The Junior Specialist will participate in mentoring undergraduate students and present research data in lab meetings and department retreats.
Baccalaureate degree in Plant Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology.
Background in plant genetics and development.
Experience in extraction, purification and manipulation of nucleic acids from bacteria and eukaryotes (plant preferred).
Experience in PCR and plasmid-based manipulations for gene and vector assembly.
Experience in mRNA isolation, characterization and expression analysis.
Competence in basic bioinformatics tasks, such as sequence analysis, primer design for PCR and gene assembly.
Knowledge of sequencing methods.
Experience in microscopy.
Good quantitative skills.
Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint) for information outreach, data management and summation.
Skills to carry out experiments with close attention to detail and limited supervision.
Skills to pipette small volumes and perform serial dilutions. Ability to calculate chemical concentrations and dilutions.
Record keeping skills to accurately record detailed research data collected throughout studies.
Strong organizational skills. A positive, self-motivated, attitude and excellent problem-solving and skills to overcome technical challenges.
To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 3 references via this URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03306
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