Project Scientist, Step I – IX, Plant Genome Editing and Transformation, Innovative Genomics Initiative

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Project Scientist, Step I – IX, Plant Genome Editing and Transformation, Innovative Genomics Initiative

Title: Project Scientist, Step I – IX, Plant Genome Editing and Transformation, Innovative Genomics Initiative Plant Genome Editing and Transformation Scientist/Director:The Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) is a multidisciplinary research institution focused on genome engineering and potential applications in agriculture, microbiology and biomedicine. It is a joint venture between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, with the administrative operations located on the Berkeley campus.Responsibilities:The IGI is presently seeking a highly motivated Project Scientist/Director to establish and direct a plant genome research and transformation effort at UC Berkeley. The Project Scientist/Director will be responsible for establishing innovative, independent research activities and supporting additional efforts in plant genome engineering in a variety of crop species. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for directing the additional activities and the support staff of the IGI Plant Genome and Transformation Facility, which is currently being established at UC Berkeley. Specific goals will include exploring novel transformation technologies and subsequent regeneration of various commercial and non-commercial crops, identifying and supporting research priorities for crops in developing countries, and establishing a state of the art facility for IGI research support. The Project Scientist/Director will explore the feasibility for expanding the operations to many important dicot and monocot species and develop a fee for service framework to provide support for industry other researchers not affiliated directly with IGI. The Project Scientist/Director will identify and apply for external funding from agencies and industry to support additional, yet related research interests.The Project Scientist/Director will also collaborate with IGI investigators at UCB, UCSF and other IGI affiliated universities in the development of gene/protein delivery, transformation and tissue culture techniques.The Project Scientist will report directly to the Director of Plant Science of the IGI. Additional expectations for this position will include:

  • Obtain consistent and reliable data.
  • Manage multiple projects and tasks in parallel in order to meet program-based milestones.
  • Supervise 2-3 researchers/technicians while maintaining hands-on participation during the initial establishment and subsequent ongoing operation and maintenance of the facility.
  • Collaborate with principal investigators, postdocs and students at collaborating universities and provide input to their development research teams.
  • Design and develop useful and practical intellectual property.
  • Contribute to high-quality, high-impact publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Attend scientific and technical conferences to discuss accomplishments at the IGI and establish relationships with other leaders in the field.

 Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application):

  • Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Plant Molecular Biology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or related discipline

 Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):

  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent degree, or equivalent experience in Plant Molecular Biology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or related discipline and a minimum 5 years of relevant post-doctoral/industrial experience.
  • Demonstrated background in plant transformation of elite germplasm, transformation technology development, microbial physiology, and molecular biology.
  • Must have a proven track record of relevant publications.
  • Experience with the leadership of projects and management of researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with, to efficiently work with, and to maintain external collaborations with a diverse group of researchers.
  • Must be innovative and able to synergize various ideas and approaches, while exercising sound judgment to evaluate and take acceptable risks.
  • Ability and willingness to occasionally travel as required.

 Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

  • Proven success with new method development on recalcitrant species.
  • Direct experience with monocot and dicot species.

Salary Range:  $79,900 – $151,500/year depending on qualifications. The position provides full benefits.Appointment: This position reports to IGI’s Director of Plant Science.  The initial appointment will be for 100% time for 1 year and renewable annually based on performance and availability of funding. The anticipated start date is March 2017 or earlier.To Apply:To apply, please go to the following link: are required to submit the following materials in PDFs:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Research (one page summary of research experience and how it relates to this position)
  • Contact information for 3 references

Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: Contact:  Terri Leong, HR Partner. terri.leong@berkeley.eduThis position will be open until filled.The University of California 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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: