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If you’re excited about plant science and its potential for real societal benefit, consider a position at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. Navigate the postings below and, for any position of interest, respond directly to the listed hiring manager. For additional questions or to submit a resume for a job that is not listed, please email Human Resources, or mail a resume to:
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A position is available to provide technical assistance for a research program studying rice resistance to aluminum (Al) toxicity and other abiotic stresses at Cornell University, in the labs of Leon Kochian (USDA-ARS Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health) and Susan McCouch (Dept. Plant Breeding & Genetics and Plant Biology).
William Boyce Thompson founded BTI in 1924 on the premise that basic plant research leads to real benefits for people. Many potential applications of BTI research are to improve crops by increasing yield or nutritional content, or decreasing the need for harmful fertilizers and pesticides. Other research could lead to inexpensive plant-made vaccines, or even shed light on the human immune system. With aims like these in mind, scientists at BTI study life at the scale of genes and proteins to learn about processes such as how plants detect light, or how they respond when aphids bite into them. Along with research, BTI’s mission includes environmental responsibility and outreach to teachers, students, and community members. Though it remains an independent, non-profit institution, BTI is affiliated with Cornell University and is located on its Ithaca, New York campus.
To contribute to on-going research in plant breeding, plant molecular biology, physiology and genetics as part of the scientific team working on the identification, cloning and characterization of genes for rice Al tolerance in the McCouch and Kochian labs. This includes generating laboratory and greenhouse data, interpreting the data using sophisticated analytical procedures as the basis for publication-quality results, and helping to design and execute the next round of experiments. The technician will work closely with other lab members in the McCouch and Kochian labs to ensure smooth functioning of the project as a whole and will be involved in many diverse aspects of the project.
Specific responsibilities include:
•Execution of routine laboratory functions and provide personnel support: assist with preparation of buffers and standard reagents; execute a variety of molecular biology techniques, including extraction and purification of DNA and RNA, PCR, cloning, sequence analysis, handling E. coli and yeast cultures in sterile conditions;
•Assist in the design and development of plant populations in the growth chamber, greenhouse and field;
•Generate sequencing and molecular marker data using appropriate marker technologies;
•Grow plants, make crosses, phenotype a range of traits, employing marker-assisted selection and harvesting seed. Must be able to recognize problems or discrepancies that arise, and be prepared to design and execute experiments to resolve them;
•Data analysis will require familiarity with public databases, such as Gramene, NCBI, ICIS, and willingness to learn new statistical and analytical methods and software applications.
Bachelor’s degree or other equivalent formal training program of four years. The ideal candidate will have: two years or more experience in a molecular biology research lab; excellent visual concentration and manual dexterity; ability to multi-task; experience with basic computer programs including Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Must be well organized and detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in providing exceptional service while working both in a team-oriented environment and independently. Respond quickly to technical problems that arise, ensure efficient communication among lab members. Familiarity with public databases, such as Gramene, NCBI, is useful and willingness to learn new software applications is important. Prior experience in the following techniques is highly desirable: growing plants in greenhouse and growth chamber and working with molecular biology techniques, including extraction and purification of DNA and RNA, PCR, sequence analysis, handling E. coli and yeast cultures in sterile conditions. Experience with yeast two hybrid would be desirable but not required.
To apply or for more information, please contact Dr. Lyza Maron, Department of Plant Breeding, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Applications should include a brief cover letter detailing experience, a curriculum vitae, and names of at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Email applications in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Number 2014-01
A postdoctoral position is available at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, for a highly motivated candidate to study virus-insect interactions and viral trafficking through insect midgut epithelial cells. The project (a collaboration between the labs of Gary Blissard and Nicolas Buchon, see below) will use molecular and genetic approaches coupled to in vivo imaging to identify trafficking pathways in the Drosophila midgut and in relevant viral hosts that include mosquitoes and lepidopterans. Using functional genetics and molecular manipulation of both model insects and model virus envelope proteins, the project aims to identify both cellular trafficking pathways and protein-encoded signals required for polarized viral trafficking in the insect gut. This project is expected to contribute both to the basic understanding of polarized trafficking and virus-insect interactions in the insect gut, with relevance to both insect-vectored viruses and viral pathogens of insects. The studies are likely to open new avenues for future research, as virus trafficking in the insect gut is poorly understood but important for insect pathogens and insect-transmitted diseases of plants, animals, and humans.
Requirements: Candidates must have a Ph.D in molecular or cell biology, virology, genetics, or a related discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology skills are necessary and basic experience with, or interest in Drosophila genetics, molecular virology, or cell biology are desirable.
To Apply: Please send a pdf file containing a letter describing research experience and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information of three professional references to Dr. Gary Blissard (email@example.com) or Dr Nicolas Buchon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Consideration of applications will begin immediately. The Boyce Thompson Institute is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to multicultural diversity.
The SGN database has an open position for a Bioinformatics Analyst. SGN is a database for plant genomics, with a focus on genomic and phenotypic data for the Solanaceae. We are seeking an enthusiastic bioinformatician with extensive experience in genome and sequence analysis, and development of web tools. Major responsibilities include working with genome data from various plant species, including assembly and annotation, and development of new tools, with the goal to make genome data more useful to breeders. Travel to conferences and interaction with the SGN user base is also expected.
A PhD in a biology or computer related field with at least two years of experience.
Please contact Dr. Lukas Mueller (email@example.com) by email, with “SGN senior bioinformatician position” in the subject line.
Administrative / Management
The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research is accepting applications for a Grant Coordinator. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.
This position is responsible for pre and post-award grant monitoring for the Project Leaders and research staff, including the development of grant budgets and applications. Grant financial reporting, compliance review and budget management are also key responsibilities.
The successful candidate will have solid accounting skills, with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a related field. Candidates should have at least five years of sponsored research financial accounting/administration experience plus knowledge of A-122, A-133 compliance and federal agency policies (e.g. NSF, NIH, DOE), and the grant development process. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be independent thinkers and analytical problem solvers. Proficiency in business applications, financial software, Fastlane and Grants.gov is required, and experience with Navision is a plus.
Cover letter, resume and three references salary requirements should be provided to Patti FitzPatrick, Controller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boyce Thompson Institute is looking for a student worker to assist the communications department with various tasks.
- Organize historical photos from various sources into one comprehensive collection, via Bridge
- Help update Linked IN and Tumblr social media sites
- Assist communications department with other writing and editing
- Possible assistance at special events
We are looking for a hard worker that has experience with the duties listed above. FWS is required.
Send resume and cover letter to Christianne White (email@example.com)
Job posting number: 2014-04
Position is responsible for plant care, including daily watering of greenhouses and growth chambers, performing fertilization, observations of plant health, pests and disease, soil preparation, as well as proper maintenance of fertilizer systems. Following Integrated Pest Management practices is essential.
Associates Degree from two-year College or technical school, or work experience at an equivalent level, with a background in Biology or Horticulture is required. Integrated Pest Management experience is highly preferred. Pesticide applicator license is desirable, although BTI is willing to provide support for certification. Excellent communication skills are necessary.
Availability on weekends and occasional holidays is required.
Please see the full job description at http://bti.cornell.edu/pdfs/hr/jobs/GreenhouseAssistant.pdf