Serve as Manager and Research Developer for the CTF pipeline of transformations in tobacco and soybean. They will research the viability of CRISPR gene editing as a means to up-regulate the expression of key photosynthetic genes. They will train and supervise a team of technicians and undergraduates in construct development, genetic transformation, regeneration of plants through to greenhouse culture, and provide confirmation of transformation through sequencing and expression analysis.
Required: Masters degree in Plant Science, or closely related plant/crop biology field
Preferred: Masters level degree in Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Genetics or very closely related field.
Required: Plant DNA sequencing, construct assembly and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.
Preferred: Golden Gate Loop Assembly, Transient Expression Systems, CRISPR DNA editing.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Required: Knowledge about photosynthesis, synthetic biology, organization of nuclear and plastid DNA, and its modification. Excellence in reporting and ensuring quality control and assurance in your work and that of those you supervise.
Preferred: High-throughput methods of construct assembly and plant transformation. Regulation of genetically modified plants .
Laboratory-based work with non-hazardous materials.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Full-time academic professional, grant-supported appointment renewable annually pending continued funding and satisfactory progress within the position. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance.
About The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Established in 2007, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges. The IGB serves as a centralized location for biological and biotechnological research at the University of Illinois.