Laboratory & Research Specialist II
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research - Danville, VA

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The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, VA seeks a full-time Laboratory Research Specialist II (Position # 184-2013). This position will be a member of a research team developing and improving systems for novel plant development. The Laboratory Research Specialist II will work to integrate current skills and knowledge of molecular biology, plant tissue culture & transformation, plant microbe interactions & biochemistry into research on the development of new plants and plant products.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Modifies, refines, adapts, or develops laboratory techniques and analytical procedures to meet specific experimental needs in plant breeding and genetics
  • Conducts laboratory experiments using various techniques such as plant tissue culture, plant transformation, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, molecular marker analysis, gene expression profiling, microscopy, various types of electrophoresis & maintenance, propagation, & evaluation of plant germplasm
  • Operates complex, highly specialized laboratory instruments & instructs others in their use & operation
  • Carries out necessary analyses, & accurately records & analyzes experimental data
  • Operates in a culture of safety in carrying out laboratory assignments, including proper handling/storage of chemicals
  • Reviews & follows all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that apply to assigned duties and projects
  • Reviews scientific journals & brochures from companies offering improvements in biotechnology applications, & keeps abreast of recent literature in the area of assigned research

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a biological discipline required with 3+ years of experience; Master’s preferred
  • Experience and demonstrated competence in plant tissue culture and molecular biology required, specifically gene cloning techniques and protein analysis methods, with related coursework or experience
  • Knowledge of gene modification techniques, such as site-directed mutagenesis, insertion/deletion mutagenesis, & recombinant protein expression in bacteria & fungi highly desired
  • Highly developed organizational & record-keeping skills, computer skills & written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Creativity & ability to work productively independently & cooperatively with other team members required

How to apply:
Please see the complete job announcement at Careers @ the Institute to obtain an IALR Application. Resume, cover letter and IALR application are required for consideration. Interested applicants may submit their information by email, mail, or fax to the contact information listed below. This position will remain posted until filled.

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
Human Resources
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540