Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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 conduct genetic and genomic analysis to identify and understand traits relevant for this project.
The Research Asst III (RAIII) will work with other members of the CRoPS project and with the Law laboratory to assess the roles of gene regulatory networks in modulating the accumulation of root bio-polymers. The RAIII will work with and manage a 2-3 person team responsible for conducting cloning and CRISPR editing experiments, generating transgenic plants, and preparing illumina sequencing libraries to study plant transcriptomes. Initial screening will be done with Arabidopsis thaliana and Lotus japonicus, with later stages expanding into select crop species.
The RAIII will conduct scientific research(bench work), scientific project management, and data analysis as needed. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing a 2-3 person team, designing and overseeing all the cloning and sequencing experiments, keeping track of DNA constructs and transgenic lines, coordinating with greenhouse staff regarding projected space needs, overseeing the budget allocated to this project, and ordering the materials need for conducting all experiments. The RAIII will preform these tasks without close technical supervision. Rather, the RAIII will execute specific experiments that are broadly designed by a post doc or PI and must be able to carry out and analyze experimental results independently. The RAIII will oversee multiple projects, encompassing many research areas and direct Research Assistant I personnel while summarizing the progress, challenges, and future priorities to the PI as needed.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field.
Master's degree or PhD in biological sciences or related field.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be willing to work independently and must have a flexible schedule to support research needs.
Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, and working inside.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.