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Position Summary at Moi Lab
Moi Exposito-Alonso Lab asks the broad question on how species may or may not evolve to global change, through combining global ecology models, with population genetics, and plant molecular genetics techniques using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system. The goal is to learn general principles of rapid evolution to climate to extrapolate with predictive models across species in the tree of life.
The lab is committed to providing a free intellectual atmosphere as well as close mentorship to its lab team members. Including weekly meetings and informal conversations; timely feedback on ideas, results, manuscripts, conference talks, etc.; investing in your training and career by providing scientific advice, collaboration networks, facilitating co-mentorships; and striving to be supportive, equitable, accessible, encouraging, and respectful.
The Moi Lab is affiliated to Berkeley's Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genetics and the Innovative Genomics Institute. Lab members are encouraged to be active members of these engaging communities.
Finally, the Moi Lab has a large network of collaborators conducting globally distributed plant evolution experiments through the www.GrENE-net.org and others, which lab members will be connected with to broaden their network.
The trainee for this position would be supporting research on next generation sequencing, gene cloning, evaluation of mutants through phenotypic and microscopy techniques, rearing Arabidopsis thaliana plants for such experiments in laboratory and field conditions, and aiding in the required administrative and managerial tasks to achieve this research and ensure smooth laboratory operations. These include but are not limited to reagent preparation, ordering, equipment inventorying and purchasing, setting up protocols required to conduct research, and similar routine chores that are part of the work in the lab.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 02/05/2024
Responsible for Plant care, transformation, phenotyping, manipulation in tidy conditions to avoid pests and cross-contamination in growth chambers, greenhouse, and field conditions.
Conducts plant phenotyping by construct design, cloning, validation through sequencing.
Designs novel transformation constructs for CRISPR protocols.
Devising new synthetic biology approaches for gene engineering.
Synthesizing data from phenotypic and NGS experiments to aid publications.
Library preparation, quality control tests, troubleshooting, data organization and documentation.
Designs experiments for publications.
Conducts statistical analyses of experimental data.
Grow and maintain Arabidopsis populations for experiments, E. coli, and Agrobacterium colonies for molecular work.
Performs careful DNA extraction to avoid contamination and conducts quality control of NGS libraries.
Works under sterile conditions for Agrobacterium and E. coli plasmid cloning work.
Conducts troubleshooting of cloning procedures.
Identifies plant growth or germination problems, pathogens, and take appropriate measures.
Other administrative duties as assigned to ensure smooth lab operations.
Extensive knowledge of Arabidopsis thaliana biology.
Extensive skills in molecular biology, construct design, gene cloning, validation, miniprep, next generation libraries, amplicon sequencing, microscopy.
Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to R coding, Benchlin, Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Ability to accurately make chemical solutions and dilutions.
Creative thinking, independent judgment, and critical analysis to provide suggestions work, protocols or materials to faculty.
Demonstrated ability to be proactive, to work independently or as part of a team, organize work assignments, establish priorities, develop appropriate recommendations and solutions, and ensure completion of multiple projects to meet deadlines.
Ability to maintain accuracy and careful attention to planning and detail.
Effective interpersonal, communication skills, oral and written.
Ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff, including individuals from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Bachelor's degree in Integrative Biology or related field (Molecular & Cell Biology, Genomics, Evolution & Ecology, Bioengineering) and/or equivalent experience/training.
Skills in data analysis, figure creation.
Skills in field experimental design.
Independent project management.
MSc or PhD in Integrative Biology or related field (Molecular & Cell Biology, Genomics, Evolution & Ecology, Bioengineering) and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for UC Benefits.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $58,490.82 (Step 1) - $71,291.74 (Step 11).
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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