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Research Associate - Plant Biology

Living Carbon
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
Jan 26, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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We're looking for someone who's excited to be part of a mission-driven early stage company. As our Research Associate, you will play an essential role executing plant molecular biology and/or plant physiology experiments to help meet the company goal. This role requires laboratory experience with plant growth, molecular and biochemical assays, with strong working knowledge of plant physiology. The successful candidate will be both a strong lab-based individual contributor and a team player who works well with other scientists. The candidate will contribute to key discovery studies which will have a direct impact on the success of our biotech programs to advance company goals.

  • Perform experiments to carry out plant growth and developmental analysis in controlled environments
  • Conduct plant growth measurement on weekly basis and collect biomass data at the end of the growth cycle
  • Monitor growth and developmental changes associated with various abiotic conditions under testing
  • Collect tissue samples from plants for macro- and micro-nutrient analysis and molecular analysis including PCR and qRT-PCR
  • Perform biochemical assays to evaluate the physiological impact of engineered traits
  • Perform plasmid DNA extraction from E. coli cells and genomic DNA extraction from plants
  • Accurately document experimental protocols, perform analysis and help with interpretation of data, and timely report key findings to supervisor and research team

  • BS in plant biology related fields. 2 or more years of laboratory experience in industry or academia.
  • Technical proficiency in general laboratory practices, including chemical reagents preparation, pH measurement, media preparation, aseptic technique, safety practices, etc.
  • Experience in laboratory assays with samples collected from plants
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction from bacteria or plants is highly desirable
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills.
  • Experience with database management.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Effective communication (written/verbal) and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team are critical.
  • Self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision.
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