Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Bioimaging Division has an opening for a Research Assistant. The Plant Biology Research Assistant (RA) will assist in plant transformation, plant maintenance, and genotyping. Plant tissue samples will be grown in tissue culture and transformed e.g. by agrobacterium mediated transformation or particle bombardment. Transformed callus cultures will be regenerated into intact plants and analyzed through genotyping by PCR. This position will work in the Feedstocks Division of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville under supervision of Dr. Henrik V. Scheller.
What You Will Do:
Generate and maintain callus cultures of sorghum
Transform plant cells and callus cultures
Maintain plants including planting and harvesting seeds
Transform and culture bacteria for plant transformation
Genotype transgenic plants
Maintain well-documented laboratory notebook
Assist in day-to-day lab management such as ordering, inventory maintenance and waste management.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
May assist with training of new group members
May perform minimal data analysis and preparation of draft figures/tables for publications.
What is Required:
Experience with basic molecular biology techniques.
Experience with plant tissue culture or similar.
Interest in learning new procedures.
Excellent organizational skills.
Must be detail-oriented and have ability to take careful record keeping.
Ability to follow protocols to produce consistent reproducible results.
Due to the highly collaborative nature of the position, interpersonal skills and communications skills will be extremely important.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree in molecular biology, Biochemistry or similar field, or equivalent work experience.
Experience with plant transformation.
Experience handling microbes such as Agrobacterium and E. coli.
Experience with microscopy.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be determined based on range by 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 Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.
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