A Staff Research Associate III position is available in the area of Plant Transformation and Genomics at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), University of California, Berkeley. The IGI is composed of diverse researchers with a powerful combined expertise. After the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 system for rewriting DNA, we saw the potential of applying this technology to solve some of humanity’s greatest problems.
Our scientists conduct world-class research, driven by the real possibility to cure human disease, end hunger, and protect the environment. Driven by a deep desire to understand the natural world and make it a better place, our talented scientists harness the power of genome engineering to perform world-class research.
We test new methods and pioneering ideas to tackle genetic disease, enrich food crops, better the environment, and understand how genetic engineering can benefit the future. The IGI is focused on trailblazing research in four key program areas: biomedicine, agriculture, microbiomes, and society. A bold-yet-practical approach to problem solving is key to producing revolutionary advancements.
Responsibilities: The incumbent will be responsible for establishing, improving, and extending plant transformation and gene editing protocols in commercial dicots in the IGI Plant Genomics and Transformation Facility (PGTF).
The employee will organize and manage inter-laboratory collaboration with stakeholders at UC Berkeley and collaborating institutions, including exchange of materials and information.
The employee will also generate and maintain transgenic and genome-edited plants using DNA and RNPs.
Other responsibilities include technical training of IGI PGTF researchers, facility users, and project stakeholders and collaborators.
Required Knowledge/Skills: • Extensive experience with dicot transformation techniques, e.g. Agrobacterium, biolistics and/or electroporation. • Excellent interpersonal communication skills. • Excellent organization skills (keeping track of schedule, paperwork, sample storage, and inventory). • General computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel) for keeping track of results and sharing progress.
Education/Training: • Bachelor’s degree required (Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology). • 3-5 yrs experience in academic and/or industry plant genomics or transformation lab.
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Conviction History Background: This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
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