Senior Research Associate (Plant Functional Genomics)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location
Walnut Creek, CA
Job Description

Senior Research Associate (Plant Functional Genomics) - 79991
Organization: GN-Genomics

The Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA (a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) offers a unique opportunity as a Senior Research Associate to be part of the research team responsible for plant functional genomics at the JGI. Work included: plant tissue culture and transformation, maintenance of plants, subcloning, construct sequencing, nucleic acid purification and conducting experiments to connect specific genes to phenotypes. The position is responsible for understanding and applying the latest techniques for genome editing toward the goal of developing a high throughput functional genomic platform in plants. Will also troubleshoot method failures and collaborate/interact with various levels of JGI staff and external collaborators.

• Transform plants as needed to meet the goals of the plant functional genomics program.
• Maintain plants in growth chambers and harvest tissues and seeds as necessary.
• Create T-DNA constructs for use in creating transgenic plants.
• Carry out experiments to link genes/genotypes to phenotypes. This will include recording phenotypic data and RNA-Seq and metabolite analysis.
• Troubleshoot method problems and provide input for improvements.
• Prepare standard updates, progress reports and presentations on project status.
• Participate in testing and evaluating new techniques for targeted genome editing in plants.
• May assist in training staff and collaborators in transformation and other techniques.
• May contribute to data, text, and conclusions in group publications.
• May maintain an accurate and detailed notebook of observations in the laboratory.


• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, Genetics or related discipline plus two to five years of experience with increasing responsibility, or overall equivalent experience.
• Demonstrated experience working in a research laboratory performing plant tissue culture and transformation.
• Proficiency with cloning and PCR technology.
• Ability to follow, update and redesign written laboratory protocols.
• Effective interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; ability to interact collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization.
• Demonstrated ability to serve as a technical resource, troubleshoot laboratory process problems and recommend process and database improvements.
• Must demonstrate efficient time management skills and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a diverse team environment.
• Analytical skills to effectively evaluate data and make recommendations.
• Preferred - Master’s degree preferred with at least two years of experience in plant molecular biology.

Note: This is a two-year term appointment that may be extended or converted to a career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes. The work schedule may include nights and weekends. Work will be performed at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), located in Walnut Creek, CA. A background check is required.

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