Associate Specialist - Blumwald Laboratory
Open date: February 21, 2023
Most recent review date: Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Jul 31, 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.
The Blumwald Lab in the Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting for a full-time Associate Specialist. The candidate will use a Systems Biology approach to identify and characterize the molecular/biochemical/physiological events acting on the establishment of plant roots/soil diazotrophic bacteria interactions and the signal transduction pathways mechanisms associated with them. The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in: 1) growth of cereal crops in vitro and under greenhouse conditions; 2) root/soil bacteria interactions with emphasis in the relationship(s) between plant roots and soil microbiome; 3) molecular biology, vector construction, plant and bacteria genetic transformation. A demonstrated solid experience in microbiome new-generation sequencing and fluorescence microscopy is a prerequisite for this position. The position if for one year and is renewable up for 3 years, depending on performance and available funds.
The specialist will be responsible for:
I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90% EFFORT)
1) Molecular biology, bacterial transformation, and sequencing . The candidate will express/delete genes of interest in different diazotrophic bacteria.
2) The candidate will extract and sequence DNA from different rhizospheres (bacteria associated with root microbiome of cereal plants). In addition, will identify and functionally characterize bacterial isolates.
3) The candidate will perform different protein/protein interaction methodologies and perform protein and enzyme biochemistry.
4) Plant growth and propagation in greenhouses.
5) Data analysis, interpretation, and visualization.
6) Writing reports and papers.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5 % EFFORT)
1) Prepare results for presentations by the PI and project collaborators for extension meetings.
2) Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups as well as other educational and research organizations relevant to area of research.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)
A. As part of the Research Group, host k-12 and undergraduate classes to demonstrate genetic transformation methods.
a) PhD degree in Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Bacterial Genetics or related fields.
b) Demonstrated expertise in growth of cereal crops in vitro and under greenhouse conditions.
c) Demonstrated expertise in root/soil bacteria interactions with emphasis in the relationship(s) between plant roots and soil microbiome.
d) Demonstrated expertise in molecular biology, vector construction, plant and bacteria genetic transformation.
e) Postdoctoral experience.
a) Significant experience with plant-microbe interactions
b) Significant experience in molecular biology techniques
c) Significant experience in genetic manipulation of plants and bacteria.
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