UC DAVIS GENOME CENTER Supervisor: Dr. Richard Michelmore
In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator and other lab personnel, this position will be involved in multiple research projects, particularly the classical and molecular characterization of disease resistance in plants and variation in plant pathogens.
Specifically, the Junior Specialist will be responsible for the maintenance of plant pathogenic microorganisms, maintenance of plants in the lab and greenhouse, inoculation of plants and evaluation of reactions in order to determine resistance and virulence phenotypes, harvesting of samples, DNA extraction, PCR amplification, scoring of genetic markers, various molecular biology procedures, analysis of sequencing data, entry of data into databases, searches of databases, and analysis of data.
The appointee will prepare manuscripts for publications and reports, in collaboration with her/his direct supervisor. Manuscript preparation by the appointee will include reviewing the relevant literature and summarizing these reviews in the introduction, describing results and methods used to acquire the results, presenting and analyzing data obtained by the appointee, constructing clear and informative figures, interpreting the results and discussing how they fit in the current understanding of the field. Depending on whether the appointee is first or middle author of the manuscript in preparation, she/he will contribute these items for most of the manuscript or only the part contributed.
Professional Competence (3%)
Depending on interest and availability of funds, the Junior Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at scientific conferences or meetings. The appointee will also assist the investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies.
University and Public Service (2%)
The Junior Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations.
Baccalaureate degree in Plant Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or related field.
Background in plant genetics, molecular genetics, and/or plant pathology.
Good quantitative and record keeping skills.
Basic lab skills.
Experience in extraction, purification and manipulation of nucleic acids.
Competence in basic bioinformatics tasks, such as sequence analysis, primer design for PCR.
Experience in PCR and molecular manipulations for genetic analysis and construct assembly.
To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 3 references via this URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF03528
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