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Aide/ Technician

 Plant and Soil Science

Position Description

Performs specialized work in conducting original research. Work is performed under general supervision with evaluation based on accomplishment of assigned objectives and overall effectiveness of project. May supervise research and student assistants.

Major/Essential Functions

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Aide/Technician with experience in molecular lab techniques, excellent bioinformatic skills, and experience to study different plant species to abiotic and biotic stresses. The research program focuses on the study of cotton and soybean responses to nutrimental stress and pathogens, and the design of strategies for the molecular improvement of both crops. The successful candidate is goal oriented and enjoys multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment and will assist Postdoctoral scientist to develop greenhouse experiments, implement new phenotyping strategies, and set up protocols for the study of signaling pathways and defense mechanisms.

Examples of specific tasks: assisting postdoctoral scientist, DNA/RNA/metabolites extraction, design of gene constructs using the MoClo system, design of primers, analysis of genome and transcriptome sequences, growth of plants in greenhouse, preparation of common lab reagents/buffers, collecting and handling plant samples, processing samples and recording data, ordering supplies, extensive documentation, project review, report preparation.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree particular field of science or engineering, One year research experience. Knowledge of modern research practices, the methods, resources, and standards thereof.

Preferred qualifications: MS in plant science or related field and experience working with different plant species to study biotic and abiotic stress-responses, performing bioinformatic analysis of RNA-seq and gene regulatory networks, design of gene constructs, and genetic transformation of Arabidopsis.

Experience: Extensive experience with transcriptomic data analysis, use of R package, Linux and Phyton is required. Experience with the CRISPR/Cas9 system, vector construction and molecular characterization of transgenic/edited plants is desirable.

Application

All application materials must be submitted online through the Texas Tech University application site at and search for Requisition 30542BR.

Applicants should submit a complete CV, cover letter and Professional/Personal References.  

Questions should be addressed to:

Dr. Damar López-Arredondo

email: damar.lopez-arredondo@ttu.edu 

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant's race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

 

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Plant and Soil Science 

Position Description

A postdoctoral position in crop genomics is available immediately in the Jiao lab at the Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST) at Texas Tech University. Jiao Lab uses genomics approaches to obtain a deeper understanding of the genetic diversity and regulatory mechanisms of important agronomical traits in sorghum. See the introduction of the Jiao lab from here.

Major/Essential Functions

The selected candidate will develop and apply computational tools to process and analyze high- throughput sequencing data of sorghum, including but not limited to genome assembly, epigenomic, transcriptomic, metagenomic and single-cell genomic analysis. The bioinformaticians are expected to interact closely with experimental biologists in a multidisciplinary environment. 

The candidate is expected to perform specialized Post Doctoral work in the planning, conducting and/or supervision of original research. Responsible for participating in a research project associated with PhD studies and the interpretating of the results of publication. May supervise research and student assistants.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in areas of project specialization Knowledge of plant biology, genetics, or Bioinformatics with understanding of basic plant biology. The applicant should be proficient in the use of Linux/Unix and have proven experience in the analysis of next generation sequencing data. Proficiency in scripting and software development (e.g., Python, C/C++, Java, R) is desired. The ability to work in an environment at the interface of biology and computer sciences in addition to good communication skills is essential.  Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities. Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions, and other outcomes. 

Having extensive hands-on experience and first author publications in dealing with plants in genomics and genetics are preferred.

About IGCAST at TTU

The Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance  was established in 2019 at Texas Tech University (TTU) with the mission to conduct top-ranked research and graduate education on the use of functional and population genomics to understand the molecular mechanisms that determine resilience of crops and related wild species to adverse environmental stresses in the era of climate change. IGCAST aims at integrating an interdisciplinary team of scientists to conduct internationally competitive, multidisciplinary research to study physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms and plant architecture underlying resistance to environmental stresses, contributing to the development of sustainable agriculture. Faculty members within the IGCAST will have an academic appointment in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Application

All application materials must be submitted online through the Texas Tech University application site at and search for Requisition 28867BR

Applicants should submit a complete CV, cover letter and two names who may be contacted for letters of reference.  

Questions should be addressed to

Dr. Yinping Jiao

email: yijiao@ttu.edu  

Review of the applications will start on June 15th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. 

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant's race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.