The CRoPS project aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change. A major component of this research is to conduct genetic and genomic analysis for understanding traits relevant for this.
The Research Asst I will work closely with a Research Asst III, and other members of the CRoPS project and the Law laboratory in identifying plants with roots that store more carbon biopolymers while maintaining normal root function and morphology using various molecular biology and microscopy techniques. The RAI will work in a team responsible for (1) staining and preparing root samples for various types of microscopy, (2) imaging and quantifying the levels of different plant polymers in root tissue, and (3) phenotyping plants for root morphology and function. Initial screening will be done with Arabidopsis thaliana and Lotus japonicus with later stages expanding into select crop species.
Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs. Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
This position requires constant handling, seeing, sitting and talking.
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