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  • Lab Coordinator – The Lab Coordinator is responsible for overall lab management duties in support of the CRoPS root biology and the gene expression programs. Supervises and performs technical and administrative tasks. Maintains inventory of materials and equipment to ensure adequate supplies for experimental needs. Responsible for pre-award and post-award services for the PI and research staff. Assists in the development of grant budgets. Manages lab safety programs to insure compliance with all applicable regulations. Assists investigators in personnel management. Serves as liaison to institution administrative offices. Conducts scientific research (bench work), scientific project management, and data analysis as needed.
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  • CroPS Project Manager – The Carbon Sequestration Trait Translation to Crops (CRoPS) Project manager will closely supervise the crop plants translation team, which is responsible for transforming, testing and evaluating multiple crops for traits compatible with increased carbon sequestration, e.g., extended root systems and increased content of recalcitrant polymers such as suberin). Leveraging extensive program management knowledge, the CRoPS Project Manager acts as an operational advisor to a cross- functional team, in order to meet program objectives as defined by the Executive Director/ Project Leadership Team. The Project Manager will organize all aspects of project activities and provide support to the science and team leaders by establishing timelines and budgets, tracking and coordinating efforts across teams, and facilitating effective information flow between Executive Director/ Project Leadership Team and research teams.
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  • Computational Biologist – Bioinformatics – The Bioinformatics Analyst will work closely with other members of the CRoPS project and the Busch laboratory to advance image acquisition image processing, statistical genetics and genomics research projects. The analyst will contribute directly to research projects in the CRoPS project in the context of several computational analysis areas by implementing, optimizing and executing computational approaches for image segmentation and analysis, genome wide association mapping, genome sequence analysis, transcriptome analysis, and data visualization. Finally, the analyst will play part in administrating shared computer resources, such as compute and storage servers.
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  • Greenhouse Manager – The Greenhouse Manager will oversee the daily operations of the greenhouse program and assist in all plant culture related areas of the CRoPS project. They manage the care of plants, coordinate greenhouse workers; and observe environmental standards for agricultural and horticultural production. The Greenhouse Manager will support the overall activities of the CRoPS project and involved plant biology teams by leading the logistical organization and operation of the greenhouse and plant cultivation facilities, developing and providing expertise in the production of plants. They are responsible for growing new plants from seeds and tending to the ones that are already there through watering, fertilizing, and protecting them from pests. They also need to regulate the internal condition within the greenhouse to ensure the plants have the best environment for growing. They need to research and develop best practices for successfully growing the various plant strains and species that are relevant for the CRoPS project.
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  • Bioinformatics II – The CRoPS project aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change. A major component of this research is to conduct genetic and genomic analysis for understanding traits relevant for this. Many of the genetic analysis depend on genomics data including gene expression analysis and genome building/annotation.

    The Bioinformatics Analyst II will work closely with other members of the CRoPS project and the Law laboratory to advance genomics research projects, most notably with next-gen sequencing datasets. The analyst will contribute directly to research projects in the CRoPS project in the context of several computational analysis areas by implementing, optimizing and executing computational approaches for genome sequence analysis, transcriptome analysis, and data visualization (including RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, single cell analysis, etc.). Finally, the analyst will play part in administrating shared computer resources, such as compute and storage servers.
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