The laboratory of Dr. Polly Hsu at Michigan State University has an opening for a Research Assistant to investigate molecular mechanisms of plant-environment interactions. The candidate will be involved in multiple projects using techniques in plant molecular biology. To learn more about the lab: https://sites.google.com/view/polly-hsu-lab
% breakdown of duties
70% research (perform and document project-specific experiments, e.g. generating/identifying/characterizing higher-order mutants and transgenic plants in Arabidopsis, molecular cloning, DNA/RNA/protein-extraction, PCR, qRT-PCR, luciferase assays, and basic imaging analysis such as operating dissection microscope and light microscope)
15% prepare lab reagents and safety officer
15% assist in lab organization (ordering, organize/update chemical inventory and lab materials, calibrating and providing regular maintenance for lab equipment, establishing lab common protocols and assisting in training future Lab members on basic procedures)
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in plant biology, molecular biology or related science field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience with research projects and laboratory operations, operating and maintaining a variety of laboratory equipment, performing specialized and difficult analytical and research techniques, and designing research experiments in an area related to research being performed; may require software expertise specific to the area of research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Desired qualifications for the position
Attention to detail and thoroughness in record keeping
Demonstrated organizational skills
Experience with growing Arabidopsis on soil and sterile culture
Experience with Arabidopsis crossing
Experience in plant molecular biology and genetics: molecular cloning, identify and generate higher-order mutants, generate transgenic plants, DNA/RNA and protein extraction, perform gene expression analysis including qRT-PCR, luciferase assays etc.
Experience with dissection microscope and light microscope
Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
Willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and procedures