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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 12/14/2016
The Department of Plant & Microbial Biology is committed to the University of California's mission of dedicated research and to providing a superior education in plant biology, microbiology and related life sciences.
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The lab of Rachel Brem in the Plant and Microbial Biology Department is hiring research associates for a new evolutionary biology project focused on ancient traitsphenotypes that arose long ago and are now fixed as differences between deeply diverged species. Our group has uncovered striking, conserved stress resistance and fatty acid metabolism traits that distinguish Saccharomyces yeast species. We have also found a novel mid-life mortality phenotype in particular species of Caenorhabditis worm. Our technicians will help use powerful genomic and transcriptomic tools to identify the genetic basis of these ancient differences and to reconstruct their evolutionary histories. Up to five years of funding are available for this position, with appointment based on performance. The position will be based at UC Berkeley or at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA.
Yeast or worm transgenesis (strain construction).
Preparation of Illumina sequencing libraries.
Microbial culture or worm lifespan and healthspan assays, and/or microscopy.
Participation in lab meetings and journal clubs and public presentations of research findings.
Demonstrated expertise with transgenesis, cloning, and genomics in yeast, worm, or related systems.
Must be able to carry out repetitive pipetting and carry loads of up to 15 pounds. Education/Training:
Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field and/or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Experience or interest in the study of population genetics and evolution.
Extensive experience with either yeast or worm molecular biology and the study of natural genetic variation and evolution.
Experience with computer scripting.
Salary & Benefits
$20.74 - $22.11 Hourly, commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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