Job: Research Associate, Molecular Biology, Upstream Biotechnology, Durham, NC
About Upstream Biotechnology:
Founded in 2017 by scientists working at Duke University, Upstream Biotechnology is currently developing two platform technologies. First, we generate broad-spectrum disease resistance in crops using novel transcriptional and translational regulatory strategies. Second, we engineer plants to rapidly produce high quantities of recombinant proteins for research and therapeutic purposes.
The Research Associate, Molecular Biology is to work as part of the research and development team at our Durham, NC site. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the development of agriculturally important crops with increased resistance against pathogens.
Responsibilities will include the identification and cloning of plant regulatory cassettes and other tasks as assigned, while utilizing a broad repertoire of molecular biology techniques. These techniques include, but are not limited to: PCR, DNA and RNA purification, cloning, and bacterial transformation. A. thaliana transformation and phenotypic analysis are also required of this position. The Research Associate will prepare technical reports and presentations to illustrate and explain experiments, data, and conclusions.
Position Requirements and Experience:
Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential to succeed in our fast-paced environment. The candidate must be able to work effectively in a team environment and collaborate with scientists and other associates. S/he is expected to maintain accurate, up-to-date records of experiments and promptly report results; good organizational skills are therefore essential. Additionally, the candidate must be motivated by hands-on laboratory work.
- M.S. in Biology or a related scientific discipline. Applicants with a B.S. and exceptional qualifications will also be considered.
- Previous hands-on experience in molecular biology techniques including molecular cloning, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, and DNA purification.
- Experience in A. thaliana transformation by agrobacterium preferred.
- Experience performing luciferase reporter assays preferred.
- Working knowledge of molecular biology equipment and software platforms, specifically DNA construct design and sequence analysis using Vector NTI or related software.
- Proficiency with standard software and statistical analysis is required (e.g. Microsoft Office).
- Highly organized and detail-oriented.
Upstream Biotechnology provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Upstream Biotechnology complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your resume or CV and cover letter to email@example.com. All submissions will be evaluated, and interviews will be conducted for those applicants who most closely fit our needs. If you are not contacted for an interview, your resume will remain on file and active for available positions for a period of one year.