A Plant Genomics Research Associate position is available in the IGI Plant Genomics and Transformation Facility (PGTF) at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), University of California, Berkeley. The IGI is composed of diverse researchers with a powerful combined expertise. After the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 system for rewriting DNA, we saw the potential of applying this technology to solve some of humanity’s greatest problems.
IGI's scientists conduct world-class research, driven by the real possibility to cure human disease, end hunger, and protect the environment. Driven by a deep desire to understand the natural world and make it a better place, our talented scientists harness the power of genome engineering to perform world-class research. We test new methods and pioneering ideas to tackle genetic disease, enrich food crops, better the environment, and understand how genetic engineering can benefit the future. The IGI is focused on trailblazing research in five key program areas: biomedicine, agriculture, microbiology, technology, and society. A bold-yet-practical approach to problem solving is key to producing revolutionary advancements.
• Generating transgenic/genome-edited crop plants via Agrobacterium and biolistics, and molecular analysis of tissue culture lines and transgenic/genome-edited plants using PCR, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing and ELISA/western blot analysis.
• Care of donor plant materials and transgenic/genome-edited plants in the growth chamber and greenhouse. Pollination of plants to generate donor plant materials for transformation. Experimenting to optimize growth conditions of plants in the greenhouse and growth chamber.
• Preparing media plates for both bacterial and tissue culture.
• Testing several reagents in media to develop better transformation protocols.
• General lab maintenance including biological waste disposal and organizing freezer/fridge space
• Experience with plant tissue culture and transformation techniques e.g. Agrobacterium, biolistics, PEG (polyethylene glycol) and/or electroporation. • Experience in plant care and greenhouse work. • Excellent interpersonal communication skills. • Highly motivated and diligent in work ethic. • Excellent organization skills (keeping track of schedule, paperwork, sample storage, and inventory). • General computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel) for keeping track of results and sharing progress.
Education/Training: • Bachelor’s degree required (Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology). • 1-2 yrs experience in academic and/or industry plant genomics or transformation lab.
• Experience with standard molecular biology techniques: genomic DNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis, western blot, microscopy, etc
Salary & Benefits
Salary rate will be commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment using jobs.berkeley.edu
Internal Number: 26484
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