Position Number: 002-825
Faculty Research Assistant/Research Associate, Plant Molecular
Location: Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University,
Date Available: March 1, 1997
Closing Date: January 13, 1997
We seek a molecular geneticist to work as part of the Tree Genetic
Engineering Research Cooperative (TGERC) at Oregon State University.
The TGERC is a consortium supported by 13 Members, mostly forest
industries, that are seeking improved means for genetic manipulation
of poplar trees. The applicant's primary responsibility in the Coop
will be production of novel plasmid constructs to be used in
Agrobacterium transformation, and analysis of the transgenic trees
produced. They will work closely with other TGERC staff doing tissue
culture, transformation, and gene isolation. The constructs will be
composed primarily of floral homeotic genes intended for induction of
sexual sterility; however, they will also work with other genes
relevant to ongoing Cooperative projects on insect, disease, and
Specifically, responsibilities will include:
1. Development of strategies for producing binary constructs with
various genes for Agrobacterium transformation of poplar.
2. Configuration of genes and plasmid vectors, verifying
structure/sequence, and transformation into Agrobacterium strains.
3. Analysis of transgenic plants for gene incorporation,
expression, and delivery of desired traits.
5. Supervision of students, technicians, and other workers to
help carry out laboratory studies.
6. Participation in writing Coop reports and publications for
7. Effective oral communication of results at annual Coop meeting
and other scientific forums.
8. Collaboration with Coop staff to write grants to obtain
supplemental funding for research.
Education and experience:
A B.S. degree in molecular genetics or a related field, and at
least two years of experience with recombinant DNA manipulation,
are essential. Knowledge of plant molecular biology and experience
in plant transformation techniques are desirable. Experience and
demonstrated competence in the following areas are particularly
1. Advanced recombinant DNA manipulation of plasmid vectors.
2. Molecular analyses, including DNA sequencing, PCR, and
Southern, northern, and western blots.
3. Written and oral communication.
4. Collaboration with colleagues, subordinates, and superiors.
5. Long- and short-term organization and planning of work.
The job will be filled at the rank of either Research Assistant
(B.S., M.S., or Ph.D.) or Research Associate (Ph.D.), depending
upon career track of candidate, in the Department of Forest Science
at Oregon State University. We are also open to the applicant
taking a more scientific role in the work, as would Ph.D.s in a
Research Associate position (e.g., writing papers for publication),
or a more technical role, as would most with only a B.S. (limited
writing, mostly directed lab work). The appointment is a
full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position; reappointment is at the
discretion of the Dean. The employee will report directly to
Cooperative Director. The salary will be in the range of $24,000
to $32,004/year, depending on qualifications. Medical, dental, and
life insurance plans are available.
Send a letter of application describing your qualifications and
interests in the position, a resume, transcripts, and the names,
email addresses, and fax numbers of four references by January 13,
1997 to Sandra Lewis, Office Manager, Dept. of Forest Science, 020
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Oregon State University, Corvallis,
OR 97331-7501. For more information contact Prof. Steve Strauss,
phone 541/737-6578, email strauss at FSL.orst.edu, fax 541/737-1393.
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