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Associate to Full Project Scientist - Plant Genomics & Biology - Plant & Microbial Biology
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 24, 2023
Title Associate to Full Project Scientist - Plant Genomics & Biology - Plant & Microbial Biology
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 02/25/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Genetics
    Biology - General

Associate to Full Project Scientist -Plant Genomics & Biology - Plant & Microbial Biology

Position overview
Position title: Associate Project Scientist Project Scientist

Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position . A reasonable estimate for this position is $83,200-$130,000.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: Spring 2023

Position duration: The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window
Open date: January 23, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Feb 6, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) seeks applications for an appointee in the Project Scientist Series (Associate to Full rank) in the Luan Lab, in the areas of plant genomics and biology.

The appointee will collaborate with other lab members to develop and analyze appropriate populations of wheat plants or employ integrating association genetics with target gene enrichment sequencing to identify gene candidates for insect resistance trait, which will be validated by functional complementation assay and gene editing applied to CRISPR/Cas9 system.

The appointee's role in the lab will include work on collaborative project(s) to identify and characterize economically important genes and their impact on grain yield, nutrient use efficiency, resistance to insects (including the Hessian fly and greenbug), with the goal of wheat improvement, specifically from wheat D-genome progenitor Aegilops Tauschii.

The position will also work to further investigate the function of identified genes in controlling grain yield and nutrient uptake, and the molecular mechanism of the relationship between insect resistance and grain yield. Additional areas of focus will be to develop a new PCR technique that targets large DNA fragments with complex secondary structures, advance the performance of Agrobacterium-mediated wheat transformation and gene editing platform, and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD or equivalent international degree
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • At least four years of post-degree research experience.
Preferred qualifications
  • Documented research experience in map-based cloning of disease and insect resistance genes or QTLs
  • Demonstrated expertise with the designing and developing of constructs for gene expression in situ or in vitro
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the areas of; plant tissue culture, genomic DNA and mRNA purification, PCR, qPCR, ELISA, western blot, and NGS sequencing analysis
  • Hands-on experience with Agrobacterium-mediated wheat transformation for functional complementation assay and gene editing applied to CRISPR/Cas9 system
  • Five or more years of research experience and training in plant molecular biology with a focus on gene cloning and gene/genome editing in crops
  • A strong publication record in top tier journals
  • Prior experience with Hessian fly culture and/or infestation for resistance evaluation to plants
  • Documented experience with map-based cloning of genes for agronomically-important trait using large population (of thousands of individuals) in crops
  • Experience in development of new PCR protocols and DNA marker technologies
  • Demonstrated strong expertise in bioinformatics
  • Prior experience in testing or growing wheat plants in growth chamber, greenhouse, and hydroponic experiments
  • Prior experience in conducting yield trials of cereal crops in field and greenhouse
  • Experience in greatly shortening generation time using speed breeding' method
Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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