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Plant Molecular Biologist, Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 12669

Updated: May 3, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Plant Molecular Biologist. This Full-time Fixed Short Term position is for approximately 4 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, this position is funded from a Discovery Grant to study mechanism of action of a transcription factor WUSCHEL in shoot differentiation during organogenesis.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Design primer for gene isolation and perform related molecular analyses of plant tissues
  • Isolation of DNA and RNA from plant tissues
  • Extract, summarize and communicate research results
  • Possibly develop future working hypotheses and working model
  • Participate in lab/team meetings, and in meetings with collaborators of the current research program
  • Perform genetic analysis regarding the transcription factor WUSCHEL during the course of shoot organogenesis
  • Research, compile and document concepts and data from the scientific and technical literature to identify the possible function of WUSCHEL in meristem formation
  • Train summer students involved in the research project
  • Contribute to the creation of written materials/report for publication purposes

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in plant biology
  • Minimum 2-3 years of related work experience is required
  • Experience in plant molecular biology and related methods, especially with experience on plant transcription factors
  • Skills in internet searching of the academic and grey literature in a wide range of biological sciences
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Have training in plant histology, immunohistochemistry, and in situ hybridization is an asset

Application Deadline:  April 27, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 1.

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