The position is based in the Gadoury program. The focus of research within this part of VitisGen team is phenotyping of resistance to powdery mildew (Erysiphe necator) within several accessions of grapevine (Vitis spp.) provided to the project by breeding programs across the US. The position is funded under the second phase of a USDA-SRCI project: VitisGen2. This VitisGen2 proposal translates VitisGen technologies and discoveries toward application, and develops the next generation of germplasm and scientific knowledge for breeding programs. Technological innovations in phenotyping resistance to powdery mildew have enabled improved throughput, precision, and dynamic analysis during host and pathogen development. VitisGen2 aims to transition from high-resolution markers flanking trait loci to markers in candidate genes. This will be accomplished by focusing deeply on the most important VitisGen innovations and discoveries; including improved methoods of inoculation and assessment of host responses to infection using a variety of microscopy, image capture and image analysis technology.
The candidate will assist in laboratory, greenhouse, and field research under the supervision of the PI. Specific responsibilities include: 1) collection, isolation and maintenance of plant pathogenic fungal isolates; 2) collection, propagation, inoculation, and maintenance of host plants. 3) DNA extraction and analysis; 4) meticulous and detailed keeping of records of all operations, tests, and outcomes; including management of databases. 5) excellent communication within the team and with collaborators, and 6)
Provide assistance in manipulating, computing and analyzing data using complex statistical computer software. Contribute to the organization of laboratory and greenhouse facilities used by the team and assist with ensuring compliance with safety and health guidelines. Some training for new staff and students may also be required periodically.
This is a 4-year appointment contingent upon continued funding successful performance.
Associates degree or other formal training program of two years, and 1-2 years experience in plant pathology, biology, horticulture, agricultural science, or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Some experience with DNA manipulations, PCR and standard laboratory procedures. Knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel and some experience with databases. Ability to create an inclusive high quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve lab, departmental and university goals. Must be personable, flexible, proactive, and possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in work. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with students, faculty, and staff. Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity. Must have demonstrated ability to handle critically important data in a professional manner. Evidence of some independent research skills, with ability to prioritize multiple projects. Knowledge in the use of a range of field and laboratory equipment. Prior experience in collecting and compiling of data. Demonstrated effective listening skills, sound judgment, excellent reasoning and decision-making skills, meticulous record keeping and ability to work with diverse personalities. Ability to work in a range of environments (e.g., lab and greenhouse). Continued training and expansion of skills through participation in job-related courses, seminars and workshops is expected. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must possess and maintain valid driver license.
Bachelor's degree. Significant experience in plant pathology, biology, horticulture, agricultural science, or related discipline. Knowledge and/or education in agricultural research methodology and must have formal training or knowledge of plant science or horticulture. Experience growing plants under greenhouse or growth chamber conditions. Familiarity with laboratory instrumentation and methodology, such as microscopy, automated image analysis, digital imaging, robotics, DNA isolation, electrophoresis, and PCR.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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