The CRoPS project aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change. A major component of this research is to conduct genetic and genomic analysis for understanding traits relevant for this project.
The Research Assistant III will supervise a Research Assistant I, and work with other members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory to screen root traits to identify genetic mechanisms that lead to optimal root systems for carbon sequestration. The Research Assistant III is responsible for conducting large-scale phenotyping screens on plant roots, as well as performing molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology techniques in support of the lab and PI research goals. Range of duties will include, but is not limited to: conducting procedures, modifying procedures as needed, data collection and analysis, plant growth, tissue culture, recombinant DNA techniques and laboratory maintenance. Works on problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Exercises judgement within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Work is done under periodic supervision of a lab coordinator and the PI.
Bachelor's degree in biological science or equivalent.
Masterâ™s degree in biological sciences.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
This position requires constant handling, seeing, sitting, analyzing, calculating, reading and working inside.
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