Research Assistant

Location
Raleigh
Posted
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00106274

Primary Function of Organization Unit: Crop Science is the largest department in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS). It is a diverse department that encompasses six sub-disciplines involved in research, extension and teaching related to the genetic improvement of crops, crop physiology, production and utilization of agronomic and turf-grass crops, agroecology, and weed science. From genetically altering crop plants to withstand adverse environmental conditions (drought, heat), to management of biofuel crops, our scientists are working to feed, fuel, and clothe our world's growing population. This department is a leader nationally in innovation and discovery in crop science.

Essential Job Duties: The individual will be part of a tobacco breeding, genetics, and biotechnology research program with primary objective of identifying, cloning, and investigating the roles of specific genes involved in soil-borne disease resistance in the tobacco plant. The individual will be responsible for specific laboratory-based research projects that may involve generation and interpretation of next generation sequence data, high-throughput DNA marker genotyping, generation of transgenic tobacco plants, and gene editing. Occasionally, the employee may also be involved in management of field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments and in the collection of data from such experiments.

Minimum Education/Experience: M.S. in Plant Biology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Crop Science, Genetics, Biochemistry, Agronomy, Horticulture, Botany, or a related field and 3 or more years experience as a Research Assistant in the above mentioned fields.

Department Required Skills: Ability to communicate with personnel in cooperating research programs will be important.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Crop Science, Genetics, Biochemistry, Agronomy, Horticulture, Botany, or a related field. Desired skills include the ability to produce, process, and analyze next generation sequence data; prior experience in gene cloning, creation of T-DNA constructs, plant tissue culture, and management of transgenic plants; and previous experience in gene editing in plants.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: n/a

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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