This position's primary function will be genotyping tobacco and soybean cultivars by PCR and copy number analysis, as well as assisting with transformations & tissue culture.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Genotyping of tobacco and soybean cultivars (DNA isolation, PCR, copy number analysis, shipping samples) including fieldwork sampling.
Transformation & tissue culture of tobacco cultivars
Organization of samples & reagents, data management, lab notebook keeping
POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural or Life sciences major
Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Molecular biology or Agronomy management
Required: One-year full-time work experience in a crop molecular biology research laboratory
Preferred: Two years full-time work experience in laboratory crop molecular genotyping laboratory
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Required: DNA Isolation, Genotyping by PCR, Genetic transformation and tissue culture of tobacco, sterile technique
Preferred: Experience of electronic lab notebooks for molecular biology work (e.g. Benchling)
Willingness to perform routine repetitive tasks in a laboratory with non-hazardous materials.
Willingness to work with and sample from on-farm field experiments.
Other/Comments: Proper organization of samples, data collection, and notebook procedures must be followed and close communication with pipeline-(sub)manager(s) is expected Understanding of agronomy and organization of crop field experiments.
Additional Salary Information: 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 of Genomic Biology (IGB)
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.
Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) is an international research project that is engineering crops to be more productive by improving photosynthesis, the natural process all plants use to convert sunlight into energy and yields. By equipping farmers with higher-yielding crops, we can ensure that everyone has enough food to lead a healthy, productive life.