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Research Support
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89539 Requisition #

Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Senior Research Associate - Plant Functional Genomics. You will perform research assignments as part of a research team responsible for plant functional genomics at the JGI. Your specific tasks include plant tissue culture and transformation, maintenance of plants, nucleic acid purification and conducting experiments to connect specific genes to phenotypes. You will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring the usage of plant growth facilities including controlling/preventing pests and disease. You will also troubleshoot method failures and collaborate/interact/train various levels of JGI staff and external collaborators. 

 

What You Will Do:

  • Maintain plants in growth chambers and harvest tissues and seeds as necessary.

  • Conduct plant-microbiome experiments using controlled ecosystem devices.

  • Carry out experiments to link genes/genotypes to phenotypes. This will include recording phenotypic data, RNA-Seq and metabolite analysis.

  • Maintain and distribute seeds including coordinating collaborators who use those seeds and assist with bulking.

  • Troubleshoot method problems and provide input for improvements.

  • Prepare standard updates, progress reports, and presentations on project status.

  • Assist in training staff and collaborators in transformation and other techniques.

  • Transform plants as needed to meet the goals of the plant functional genomics program.

 

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Contribute to data, text, and conclusions in group publications.

  • Maintain an accurate and detailed notebook of observations in the laboratory.

  • Research articles and journal reports to study and survey new techniques.

 

What Is Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, Genetics or related discipline preferred and two to five years with increasing responsibility.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a plant research facility including growing plants. 

  • Strong working knowledge of Cloning and PCR technology.

  • Ability to follow, update and redesign written laboratory protocols.

  • Excellent and effective interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; ability to interact collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a technical resource, troubleshoot laboratory process problems and recommend process and database improvements.

  • Must demonstrate efficient time management skills and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a diverse team environment.

  • Good analytical skills to effectively evaluate data and make recommendations.

 

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in plant molecular biology.

  • At least 2 years of experience working in a plant research facility.

  • Demonstrated experience performing plant tissue culture and transformation. 

 

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on February 19, 2020.

 

Notes: 

  • This is a full-time career appointment.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be determined based on the range of the collective bargaining agreement. 

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


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They say it’s all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next groundbreaking discoveries?


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