Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for a Research Associate. This Research Associate will perform technical protocols to assist with projects in the Plant Systems Biology group in the Feedstocks Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). This position works with a team of molecular biologist, biochemists and plant scientists. The successful candidate will be team-oriented, have good organizational skills, and flourish in a fast-paced research environment.
What You Will Do:
Carry-out experiments using standard techniques of molecular biology, including extraction and manipulation of DNA, gel electrophoresis, and PCR as well as working on experiments involving characterization of plant mutants and enzymes.
Support experiments for cell wall analysis, including extraction of cell wall material, chemical and enzymatic hydrolysis, and analysis by HPLC.
Maintain mutant plant lines, and propagate and genotype the lines as required.
Maintain the lab tissue culture (Arabidopsis, sorghum)
Assist in maintaining field trials at remote sites within CA (planting plants, harvesting samples). This might require occasional (~twice per year) overnight stays.
Maintain well-documented laboratory notebook.
Follow well-defined protocols to produce consistent reproducible results.
Prepare reports and standard operation procedures as requested.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Assist with ordering of lab supplies.
Assist in ensuring that a safe work environment is maintained and EH&S guidelines are adhered to.
Assist in ensuring that lab equipment is functioning properly and coordinate repairs with vendors and researchers.
Introduce new group members to the laboratory and ensure that they understand procedures for working in the lab.
What is Required:
Previous experience with basic molecular biology techniques, e.g. PCR, plasmid isolation, cloning.
Classical microbiology skills such as aseptic technique, preparation of media w/ antibiotics, streaking for isolation.
Experience with plant tissue culture, especially grasses.
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Proficiency in maintaining laboratory notes, reports and operating procedures.
Must be detail-oriented and be able to carefully document and record data.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a larger team.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology or a related field of science preferred and at least 1-2 years of related experience.
Interest in learning new procedures.
Interest in collaborating on multiple projects at once.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, career appointment.
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 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 Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) -- Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.
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