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Research Assistant I - Plant Biology Laboratory, Dr. Joanne Chory

Employer
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Location
La Jolla, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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POSITION SUMMARY

The Chory lab is looking for a Research Assistant I, under supervision, to characterize the effect of a microRNA on Arabidopsis root development.  Responsibilities include: molecular biology experiments, microscopy, plant maintenance and manipulation, optimizing protocol for plant growth, data analysis, and troubleshooting. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

(100%) Research and Lab Support

  • Conducts molecular cloning and generates transgenic Arabidopsis plants.
  • Root imaging.
  • Phenotypes plants and evaluates plant robustness.
  • Performs RNA extractions and gene expression analysis.
  • Performs plant tissue dissection.
  • Assists with maintaining lab stocks.

EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • No professional experience required with relevant degree

Preferred:

  • Previous experience in handling Arabidopsis;
  • Previous research experience in PCR, DNA manipulations, electrophoresis, and bacteria transformation

EDUCATION

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required:

  • 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 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.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • 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 research environment.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/MENTAL ACTIVITIES/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

This position will require constant handling, seeing, sitting, and talking. 

Organization

Working at Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

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