The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head as appropriate.
The incumbent in this position plays a major role in directing and executing scientific research in the laboratory of Professor Steve Strauss (email@example.com). Scientific research will include genomic and molecular analyses of poplar and eucalypt trees. Experimental approaches include genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify genes that affect plant regeneration and transformation (RT), and transgenic modification of RT and flowering based on ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference, overexpression, dominant negative protein, and gene editing approaches. The incumbent will create and analyze genomic databases, create transgene and gene editing constructs for transformation, test gene effects in transgenic plants, assess plant phenotypes in the lab, greenhouse and field, analyze transgene presence and expression by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), estimate off-target impacts of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas gene editing systems, and interpret results of GWAS studies of RT treatments through bioinformatic studies. The ultimate goal of research in the laboratory is improved and environmentally accepted methods for breeding and genetic engineering of trees used for wood and bioenergy.
Duties will consist of:
10%: Perform informatic analysis and interpretation of genomic data, drawing conclusions from results.
20%: Prepare gene constructs for transformation.
20%: Perform phenomic refinement, analysis and interpretation of GWAS experiments, drawing conclusions from results.
10%: Analyze floral and vegetative phenotypes, and gene expression, in transgenic plants, and draw conclusions from analyses.
10%: Assist lab manager with lab organization and management, which will include direction/supervision of minors, students, and technicians.
20%: Prepare talks, author/co-author manuscripts, write grant proposals, and prepare posters/presentations for conferences.
10%: Read and analyze scientific and informatic literature.
Incumbent must drive Oregon State University (OSU) Motor Pool, College/University-owned, and/or personal vehicles to field sites and greenhouses as dictated by research needs.
Requirements for this position are as follows:
PhD in plant molecular biology, or a closely related field.
Competence and experience in the area of molecular biology (including knowledge of and experience in analysis of gene sequences and quantitative determination of gene expression) sufficient to carry out research in collaboration with others in the lab and OSU.
Competence and experience in project-relevant aspects of bioinformatics, and related computer/statistical analysis methods.
Excellent teamwork in the form of responsible, timely, and congenial cooperation and communication with project staff and principal investigators (PIs).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
Ability to problem solve and think creatively.
Extensive experience, spanning at least three years, of facility with computer software, including e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics programs, bioinformatics programs, and web-based scientific searches.
Competence and experience in analysis of transgenic plants and production of binary plasmid constructs for plant transformation.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.
Steve Strauss has been studying plant biotechnology for 30 years. Currently at Oregon State University, he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. His research focuses on genetic engineering and genomic approaches to understanding and improving trees for plantation forestry and horticulture. Interdisciplinary analysis to understand, and propose, improvements to regulations of genetically engineered crops and trees.