POSITION DESCRIPTION Junior Specialist in the Coaker Lab NATURE AND PURPOSE The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintain technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below. Overview of main duties: Support greenhouse and lab experiments aimed at investigating plant innate immune responses. Assist in propagating and generating transgenic or genome edited plants. Assist in cloning different genes for plant transformation. Perform pathogen assays on different plant genotypes, including bacterial growth, reactive oxygen species production, and qPCR. Organize samples and data collected in multiple studies as well as contribute to statistical analyses of these data. This position requires a strong interest in plant biology, plant pathology and genetics. It includes propagation and genetic investigation of tomato and Arabidopsis. The Jr Specialist will provide support in research experiments including sampling design. Engagement in research activity is an essential part of this position including tasks such as contribution to academic publications and working with the PI, research team, and project stakeholders to discuss current and future research directions. Contribute to the drafting/editing of manuscripts, research reports, and summarization of data collection to produce academic publications for peer reviewed journals. Contribute to drafting analyses for presentations at professional conferences. Work with undergraduate students and other lab staff including assisting with maintaining laboratory safety standards. Specific Responsibilities: Research (85%): The incumbent of this position will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities through the following roles and duties:
Genetic investigation of loci involved in plant immunity in Arabidopsis and tomato, including identification or creating knockout or genome edited lines. Lines will be characterized using qPCR to verify their status and investigated for altered immune responses in pathogen growth, production of reactive oxygen species, and kinase activity.
Maintaining a well-documented electronic laboratory notebook including all relevant results and detail sufficient to reproduce all experiments.
Statistically analyze experimental results, including appropriate controls. Participate in appropriate experimental design.
Project development will involve active engagement of the literature and interpretation beyond that expected in a purely technical capacity, including use of literature for hypothesis development, development of literature reviews, development and optimization of protocols and analytical methods, and development of introductory and discussion material in the preparation of manuscripts and reports. Some literature will be provided, but it is expected that the incumbent will conduct literature searches to identify additional materials using on-line university resources (ie peer-reviewed journals).
Present research at statewide and national meetings in poster and/or oral formats. The incumbent will be encouraged and mentored to develop presentation abilities through laboratory meetings and other local (on-campus) events.
Assist the proposal in development of grant proposals based on preliminary data collected in previous efforts led by the incumbent, including development of experimental methods and background project information. Professional Competence (10%):
The incumbent will present outreach research for local stakeholder groups, regional meetings, and appropriate national meetings. Presentations will be delivered in poster and/or oral format.
The incumbent will be encouraged to have membership with the International Society of Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions or a similar professional society.
University and Public Service (5%):
The incumbent will be encouraged to deliver oral presentations at public events or outreach to K-12 students.
As a full time lab member, this positions includes responsibility for maintaining safety standards and meeting regulatory requirements, staff training and mentoring (undergraduate student technicians), and general laboratory maintenance.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree (Plant Pathology or similar field).
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. They will also have strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and decision-making skills. NOTE: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position; accordingly, it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor's degrees and three years' relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330) JOB LOCATION: Department of Plant Pathology, Davis, CA
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