Research Assistant I, Plant Biochemistry - Plant Biology Laboratory, Dr. Wolfgang Busch

La Jolla, CA
Aug 30, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all position (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.



The CRoPS project aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change. A major component of this research is to phenotype plant traits for conducting genetic analysis and confirm trait changes of genetic changes.

The Research Assistant I will work closely with a Research Asst III, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory conduct screening of root traits to identify genetic mechanisms that lead to optimal root systems for carbon sequestration, and assess phenotypes of genetically engineered crop plants. Responsibilities include: plant maintenance and manipulation, image acquisition, trait measurement, optimizing protocols for plant growth and plant measurements, data analysis, and troubleshooting. 



(100%) Research and Lab Support

  • Phenotypes plants and evaluates plant traits.
  • Performs plant tissue dissection.
  • Assists with maintaining lab stocks.
  • Performs selection and genotyping of plants.
  • Prepares plant samples for chemical analysis.




  • previous experience in handling plants;
  • previous experience in plant biology related lab work


  • Experience in plant research
  • Computer skills
  • Experience with microscopy
  • Experience with preparing plant samples for chemical analysis
  • Experience with one or more of following plant species (corn, wheat, rice, canola, soybean, radish, clover, sorghum)




  • Bachelor degree in Biological sciences;




  • Understands operation of basic lab equipment.
  • Ability to perform routine, repetitive functions.
  • After initial instruction, ability to follow directions and perform repetitive tasks.
  • Ability to communicate required information and keep accurate records of work performed.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.  
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.



  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related work environment.



This position requires constant hearing, seeing, sitting, and talking. 

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