Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Research Technician in Plant & Microbial Synthetic Biology

Job Number: 78564

Location: Athens, US

Job Description

General Description:

The Dundas Lab at the University of Georgia-Athens is seeking a full-time Research Technician to assist with plant & microbial synthetic biology research starting August 2024. We are interested in using transkingdom genetic circuit design to study/engineer plant-microbe & plant-environment carbon cycles that boost agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. The candidate in this position will take an active role in a variety of projects, including prototyping genetic/metabolic circuits in non-model plants, studying carbon exchange in crop microbiomes, and creating synthetic biology tools for soil carbon sequestration. Protocols that will be learned include how to design bacterial and eukaryotic genetic circuits, transform non-model organisms, and genomically & metabolomically analyze environmental microbial communities.

The candidate will collaborate with the PI, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to carry out molecular biology & plant science experiments. These efforts will be publishable research activities that give the candidate opportunities to present at scientific conferences, prepare results for publication in journal articles, and lead independent research projects. The candidate will also present research progress at weekly Dundas Lab meetings and in 1-on-1 meetings with the PI. Other laboratory responsibilities will include routine plant growth/watering, setup/maintenance of scientific equipment, and general laboratory support (e.g., dishwashing, ordering lab supplies). Funding for this position is guaranteed for up to 2 years, with continuation dependent on future funding & research progress.


Preferred Qualifications:

·      BS in Biological Sciences, Plant Biology, Horticulture, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Chemical/Biological Engineering, or related field(s).

·      At least 1 year of research lab experience.

·      General molecular biology skills, including the ability to follow wet lab protocols.

·      Plant science experience, especially with non-model plants, is highly desired.


How to Apply:

Send the following to Prof. Chris Dundas:

·      A short cover letter explaining your qualifications & interests

·      A resume/CV

·      2-3 contacts for references

Application Deadline: 2024-08-01


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