The CRoPS project aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change. A major component of this research is to conduct genetic and genomic analysis for understanding traits relevant for this.
The Research Asst I will work closely with a Research Asst III, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Law laboratory in identifying plants with roots that store more carbon biopolymers while maintaining normal root function and morphology using various molecular biology and microscopy techniques. The RAI will work in a team responsible for (1) design of constructs to study promoters and deposition of carbon polymers, (2) generation of transgenic plants and (3) preparation of Illumina sequencing libraries to study plant transcriptomes. Initial screening will be done with Arabidopsis thaliana and Lotus japonicus with later stages expanding into select crop species.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
This role requires constant handling, seeing, sitting and talking.
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