Professor Dario Cantu, at the University of California, Davis, Department of Viticulture and Enology, is seeking to fill a 65% time, step 1 Junior Specialist. He is looking for a candidate to assist senior members of the lab. This position will involve research on the molecular interaction between viruses and grape berries. The incumbent will be responsible for performing transcriptional and epigenetic (methylation, small RNA) analyses of berry fruit and for developing plasmids for gene validation in grape and other model organisms. The incumbent will be responsible for tissue sampling, extraction, quality evaluation and handling of nucleic acids, next generation sequencing library preparation, and bioinformatic analysis. The project is funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Incumbent will be responsible for executing experimental plans developed in partnership with the PI. The incumbent will be expected to analyze and interpret data she/he collects and then, through critical thinking, propose next steps (experiments) to be discussed with the PI.
The incumbent will contribute significantly to the advancement of the projects, and creatively contribute proposals of experimental steps that result from research findings. This is an inherently creative process that requires good to excellent knowledge of the field and appropriate research literature. The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in innovative research that requires the incumbent to be informed on current findings in the field and will be expected to perform reviews of the literature required for project in question. With the assistance of the PI, the junior specialist will be the lead author on a manuscript of his/her work. Beyond this, the incumbent will contribute figures / tables to other manuscripts in the lab and will be included as a co-author on those papers. The junior specialist will attend regional and possibly national scientific conferences to present his/her research. Conferences include the Pacific Division meeting of the American Phytopathological Society and, pending the availability of university or external travel funds, the incumbent will also apply to attend the national meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in 2018. At any and all meetings he attends, the junior specialist will present his/her research in either poster or presentation formats. The junior specialist will be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate students, training them in microbiology and molecular biology laboratory techniques and experimental skills.
• B.S. in Biotechnology
• Experience in nucleic acid extraction, PCR, qPCR
• Extraction and handling of small RNAs
• Plasmid design and cloning
• Bacteria transformation
• Experience with sampling and processing plant samples
• Experience in genetic transformation of plants
• Experience with molecular biology experiment design
• Experience conducting independent research
This position is available immediately. For full consideration, please apply at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02247.
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