The Keller Lab at the University of Vermont (http://www.uvm.edu/~kellrlab/index.html) is seeking to fill a full-time lab technician position in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics. The primary responsibilities of the technician are to perform molecular biology experiments in support of plant genetics and genomics experiments, including isolation and analysis of ancient DNA from degraded samples. Essential functions will be to design and optimize marker systems applied to analyzing polymorphism from plant pollen buried in sediment cores, perform lab experiments to sequence and genotype samples, and analyze the resulting sequence polymorphisms to determine how historic population genetic variability was shaped by climate change. Additional responsibilities will include supporting the maintenance of plants growing in controlled environments, assist in maintaining lab safety requirements, oversight and ordering of lab supplies, and assisting undergraduate students in the lab.
The technician will work independently and as part of collaborative groups, and possess excellent time management skills to achieve goals within the framework of established guidelines and timeframes. Minimum qualifications: a B.S. in Plant Biology or closely related field; prior experience working in an ancient DNA lab, prior research lab experience using molecular biology techniques in plant genetics (DNA/RNA extraction, primer design, PCR, qRT-PCR, DNA sequencing, genotyping, restriction digests). Desirable qualifications include: Experience with genetic cloning and transformation in plant systems; ability to troubleshoot and optimize new protocols; and experience with R programming for analysis of genomic data. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. To apply, go to the UVM jobs board (https://www.uvmjobs.com) and search for posting # S1880PO. Informal inquiries can be directed to Steve Keller (srkel...@uvm.edu) The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.