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Research Intern

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Work type: Academic Staff - Interim
Location: Platteville
Categories: Agriculture

Position Summary:

Research intern will work under the guidance of Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran, Principal Investigator for the NSF-CAREER titled “Identification and characterization of novel genetic players in the early signaling pathways of plant-microbe symbioses” in the Plant Biotechnology laboratory in the School of Agriculture. The research intern will help the Principal Investigator (PI) in carrying out the project-related tasks to accomplish the research, educational and outreach goals of the project.

Responsibilities:

The research intern will assist the Principal Investigator in identifying and characterization of novel genetic players in plant-microbe symbiotic signaling. Specific tasks will include, identification of new regulators of symbiotic genes using a genetic suppressor screening, genetic characterization of suppressor mutations, genetic mapping of suppressor loci through whole-genome sequencing approach, bioinformatics analyses, cloning and functional characterization of suppressor loci. The research specialist will assist in the collection and preparation of research data for publication and presentation purposes. The research specialist will assist the PI in conducting the Research and Curriculum Development Workshop and Biotechnology Bootcamp, 2-week educational and outreach program involving area high school teachers and high school students, which will be held annually. The research specialist will also assist in mentoring undergraduate students in research, and lab management tasks, such as maintaining the lab inventory, ordering and equipment maintenance.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology, Crop Science, Plant Genetics and Breeding, Microbiology or related field (M.S. degree in the above areas is preferred).

Good knowledge and practical experience in plant biology, genetics, genomics and microbiology are required.

Two years of experience in plant growth and propagation techniques for conducting in vitro culture, laboratory and greenhouse experiments is preferred.

Proficiency in molecular biology techniques, genomics and bioinformatics tools is preferred.

A highly motivated individual with good organizational skills is needed.

Department Information:

The School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to excellence in undergraduate education and research, scholarly and professional activities, and service to the agriculture industry at the state, regional, national and global levels. It is one of the national leaders in undergraduate programs in agriculture and natural resources. School of Agriculture provides personal, caring atmosphere with approximately 800 students enrolled.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

Campus Information: The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 8,000 students in 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by September 30, 2019; applications will be reviewed until position is filled. 

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Official or unofficial transcript of B.S. degree (and M.S. degree if available)

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            venkateshwam@uwplatt.edu

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community. As a member of the campus community for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, it is essential that you support and foster a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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