Tissue Culture/Transformation Research Associate at Colorado State University

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

The main responsibility in this position is to perform tissue culture and transformation protocols in support of the CSU crop breeding and genetics program. Our lab is implementing CRISPR/Cas genome editing in wheat and potato, targeting genes of interest to confer novel traits and to accelerate the development of improved varieties. The RA will primarily work in a molecular biology lab to culture and propagate wheat and potato plant tissues using sterile in vitro methods and to transform these tissues using biolistic and Agrobacterium-mediated methods. Other tasks will include preparing media, purifying plasmid DNA and transforming into bacteria, validating induced edits using molecular assays and phenotyping edited plants. Following training, the RA is expected to work independently to follow tissue culture and transformation protocols. This will initially be a 12-month position, extendable based on performance and funding availability.

Required qualifications:
-B.S. in biology, plant genetics, horticulture or a related field.
-Experience working in aseptic conditions.
-Knowledge of and experience with plant tissue culture.
-Effective written presentation skills.
-Effective interpersonal skills.

Preferred qualifications:
-Knowledge of and experience with biolistic and/or Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.
-Knowledge of an experience with molecular biology lab techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, designing and running molecular markers.
-Experience working in plant science research in laboratory and greenhouse environments.
-Experience with record keeping and lab books.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Sunday, July 7, 2019. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your qualifications; (2) Resume or CV; and (3) contact information of two professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Unofficial transcripts for degree(s) are optional. For inquiries about the position, contact Stephen Pearce (Stephen.pearce@colostate.edu). For additional information about our lab and Colorado State University in general, please consult our university website https://pearce.agsci.colostate.edu/.

For full job details and information on how to apply by our full consideration of 07/07/2019, see: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/68248.

Time remaining: 84%
21/12/2019 (5 months)