The Senior Biological Scientist will play a critical role in coordination of all aspects of breeding and biotechnology research for improvement of sugarcane, cereals, turf and forage grasses, collection and compilation of data, field trial planning and execution within the grass biotechnology program http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/fredy-altpeter/profile/ at the University of Florida- IFAS .
20% In conjunction with project leader, define research objectives and design plant molecular biology, plant physiology and plant breeding experiments that are required to meet the objectives and contribute to the development of grant proposals to attract external funding. Studies will include laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, and field projects.
15% Train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and visiting scientists in methods of plant molecular biology, plant physiology and plant management as well as the proper and safe use of laboratory greenhouse and field equipment.
50% Independently carry out well-designed experiments using plant molecular biology, plant physiology and plant breeding techniques. Collect, analyze, and prepare data for the purpose of laboratory reports, presentation of posters or papers at the appropriate scientific meetings, publication of abstracts and manuscripts and to aid in the design of future experiments.
5% Conduct literature reviews of relevant research topics.
5% Order, appropriately store and monitor the appropriate use of all chemicals, enzymes, radioisotopes, pesticides, field and greenhouse supplies, equipment, and all other biological and non-biological supplies needed for the research. Maintain a hardcopy and computer disk copy of all laboratory inventory, pesticide use and use of radioisotopes.
5% Ensure proper maintenance and functioning of all laboratory, growth chamber, greenhouse and field equipment. Perform or direct staff in necessary lab and greenhouse and growth chamber maintenance and safety functions such as autoclaving of tissue culture media, pipette tips and microfuge tubes, as well as preparation of laboratory stock solutions, and handling of field, laboratory and greenhouse material, providing the required growth environments for tissue cultures or plants.
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and three years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.
Driver’s License, Pesticide Application License, Certified in handling radioisotopes
A PhD in plant science or related area with relevant postdoctoral experience
Extensive experience with plant molecular biology techniques including, gene transfer, sequence comparison, molecular cloning, stable expression of transgenes in plants, PCR , Southern, Northern, Western blot analysis
Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
Knowledge of current plant molecular biology, plant physiology and plant breeding techniques is essential. This includes knowledge of greenhouse, field and laboratory safety procedures and experience with plant breeding or plant management under field conditions.
Ability to trouble-shoot experimental problems and work independently and in a team is essential.
Health Assessment Required:
Special instructions to applicants:
Normal work schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, but may occasionally require work outside of these hours.
Position will be filled on or after 3/18/14.
This is a time-limited position.
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