A postdoc is available starting January 2, 2019 in the Strauss forest biotechnology laboratory at Oregon State University. The focus of the work is on CRISPR gene editing systems for clonally propagated species, specifically means for induced excision from the genome after mutagenesis, and genome-scale analysis of off-target mutation rate. Studies will take place in Eucalyptus and Populus. You can see a summary of the USDA grant that is funding the work here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zegq3nt85l2f0bw/Project_Summary_Strauss%202016%20v3.pdf?dl=0 The full proposal can be sent upon request.
PhD in plant molecular biology, or a closely related field.
Experience in the areas of molecular biology and genomics (including knowledge of and experience in gene cloning, creation of short read sequencing libraries, analysis of gene sequences) sufficient to carry out research in collaboration with others in the lab and OSU.
Experience in analysis of transgenic organisms and production of recombinant plasmid constructs.
Experience in project-relevant aspects of bioinformatics, and related computer/statistical analysis methods.
Excellent teamwork in the form of responsible, timely, and congenial cooperation and communication with project staff and principal investigators (PIs).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
Ability to problem solve and think creatively.
Extensive experience, spanning at least three years, of facility with computer software, including e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics programs, bioinformatics programs, and web-based scientific searches.
Competence and experience in analysis of transgenic plants and production of binary plasmid constructs for plant transformation.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
About Oregon State University
Steve Strauss has been studying plant biotechnology for 30 years. Currently at Oregon State University, he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. His research focuses on genetic engineering and genomic approaches to understanding and improving trees for plantation forestry and horticulture. Interdisciplinary analysis to understand, and propose, improvements to regulations of genetically engineered crops and trees.