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Senior Research Associate, Molecular Biology

Company: InnerPlant
Location: Davis
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Job Description:

About Us
InnerPlant is developing the first agriculture platform fueled by biosensor crops. By integrating synthetic biology, remote sensing, and data science we recode plants to create an optical signal at the emergence of stress. Our fluorescent signals can be collected from satellites, UAV/plane imagery, or tractors to provide farmers early actionable recommendations based on real-time detection of a plant's specific stresses.
Our mission is to catalyze a more efficient and sustainable agricultural system through the development of our proprietary biosensor platform to enable individualized plant care at scale. Our success will help farmers increase yields while greatly reducing pesticide and chemical use. Plants communicate, we give them a voice.

Position Summary
We are seeking a highly motivated, creative, and detail-oriented individual to play a key role in the scale-up of our cloning and molecular biology platform. This position is a hands-on, lab-based role focused on the assembly, validation, and delivery of novel constructs to feed the crop discovery and product development pipelines. The right candidate thrives in a dynamic start-up atmosphere, is positive, honest, and flexible, shows good judgement and takes initiative to move projects forward. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also essential as this role is part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team.

Key responsibilities
- DNA design, vector construction, and sequence verification of constructs
- Maintain detailed and organized laboratory notebook and project data
- Mentor and lead junior colleagues
- Serve as a resident expert in modern cloning and vector construction techniques
- Work with colleagues to design and execute scientific experiments to support multiple projects
- Collaborate in the development of molecular assays to monitor reporter gene expression
- Participate in maintaining a safe and clean working environment and perform routine laboratory tasks as needed

Required Qualifications/Experience
- B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering or a related field.
- 1 - 2 years of hands-on experience with cloning and vector construction
- Proficiency with molecular biology methods including PCR, primer design, genomic/plasmid DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, restriction digest, cloning, DNA sequencing, etc.
- Familiarity with modern techniques used for DNA synthesis, vector assembly, and transformation into bacterial host
- Hands-on experience with software used to analyze DNA sequencing data.
- Knowledge of quality management systems, standard operating procedures and best practice documents
- Strong organizational skills, ability to interpret data to generate conclusions
- A collaborative attitude with a desire to learn while delivering high quality results

Preferred experience:
- Experience managing people
- Knowledge of good manufacturing principles (GMP) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
- Understanding of plants, farming and agricultural production systems
- Industry experience

Location : Davis, CA
Job Type: -Full time

Application Process:
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.

InnerPlant is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic.

COVID-19 considerations:
COVID-19 vaccine required except for medical reasons

Keywords: InnerPlant, Davis , Senior Research Associate, Molecular Biology, Other , Davis, California

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