Research Assistant I - Plant Biology Laboratory, Dr. Wolfgang Busch
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Location: Encinitas, California
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: RESEA00196
Location: 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, California 92024, United States
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 confirm trait changes through genetic manipulation and various phenotyping methods.
The Research Assistant I will work closely with a Post doc, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory to conduct screening of root traits to identify genetic/molecular mechanisms that lead to optimal root systems for carbon sequestration. Responsibilities include plant maintenance and manipulation, image-based high-throughput plant phenotyping, trait measurement, optimizing protocols for plant growth and plant measurements, data analysis, crop phenomics, digital soil mapping, scRNA-seq analysis, conducting genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and utilizing molecular biology techniques such as primer design, PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, bacterial transformation, and cloning to further characterize genes.
(100%) Research and Lab Support
Genotypes and phenotypes plants
Prepares buffers, medias, and lab stocks
Optimizes imaging protocols
Performs data analysis
Provides innovative solutions for experimental bottlenecks
Performs molecular biology techniques to look at gene expression & function
No professional experience required
0-2 years related lab experience or equivalent combination of education or experience
Experience with caring for plants
Demonstrated experience and application of molecular biology knowledge, specifically with plant development, genetics and genomics
Experience with image manipulation for statistical analysis
Experience with basic R/BioConductor programming language
Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or related scientific discipline required. Bachelor's degrees in a different discipline and a minimum of 2 years of experience in a scientific role will be considered in lieu.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Theoretical and hands on knowledge of relevant biology techniques.
Ability to research information and analyze data to arrive at valid conclusions.
Ability to learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency.
Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and/or written protocols, including follow-up on previously begun procedures.
Ability to operate and maintain various lab equipment.
After initial instruction, ability to follow directions and perform routine tasks.
Ability to communicate required information and keep accurate records of work performed.
Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
Highly organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment, although this specific position is with a plant biology-focused laboratory.
Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
This position requires constant handling, seeing, and sitting.
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