Job Requisition Number: 26044. Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley provides outstanding academic opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Our cutting-edge research by the world's foremost scientists is at the forefront of the latest advances in the biological sciences.
Also known as PMB, we are proud of our internationally acclaimed research and teaching programs in both plant and microbial biology. We are regularly ranked as excellent for our academics and research at the top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, where our mission is furthering scientific exploration for the public good.
A plant biology laboratory in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology is seeking an individual to assist in various research projects and to provide technical support to other laboratory members. The laboratory focuses on in vitro culture and engineering of crops as well as use of “omic” tools and information to understand and improve crop plants.
• Planting and care of wild-type and transgenic plants, e.g., sorghum, Seteria. • In vitro culture and transformation of cereal crops. • Perform DNA and RNA extractions from sorghum leaves and roots • Perform molecular analyses of transgenic tissues and plants • Aid in general laboratory duties, prepare media, reagents, buffers, ordering supplies • Perform liquid nitrogen grinding of leaf and root samples from field-grown sorghum • Keeping accurate written and computer records of experimentation and analysis of experimental data. • Participation in laboratory meetings, writing scientific manuscripts, as necessary.• Previous lab research experience with in vitro manipulation and transformation of Sorghum bicolor is required. • DNA and RNA isolation and molecular analysis are required. • Ability to work with liquid nitrogen and dry ice are required • Excellent organizational, analytical, problem-solving and communication skills are required. • Knowledge of and experience in laboratory techniques that include sterile technique, media and buffer preparation are required. • Flexible schedule and ability to work efficiently with intermittent supervision are required.
Education/Training: • B.S. or B.A. in biology preferred or previous work experience in a plant biology lab. This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/tx/index.html
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