Research Associate, Plant Microbe Interactions

BioConsortia is seeking a Research Associate with microbiology and plant biology experience. As a member of the Microbiology team, you will provide technical support for developing and implementing BioConsortia’s plant and microbe interaction assays. This role will focus on understanding the beneficial relationship between microbes and plants using in vivo and in situ assays. Work will revolve around understanding and developing assays which show the direct or indirect plant beneficial effects of microbes applied to plants. The role will also include the use of standard molecular biology techniques to evaluate microbes in diverse systems. You will be part of a growing team within Microbiology with opportunities for professional development.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
• Assist in developing and implementing assays designed to evaluate microbe performance for a diverse set of beneficial traits.
• Execute established protocols for assessing microbial performance and robustness.
• Identify the presence or absence of microbes using tools such as confocal microscopy and PCR.
• Working with stable isotopes to track plant and microbial nutrition.
• Supporting general needs of the Microbiology team, including preparing buffers and media; culturing and stocking strains; and identifying strains by sequencing.
• Keeping high quality records for documentation and writing technical reports for internal presentations/interpretations.
• Collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and research associates.
• Commitment to learning on the job as projects will evolve quickly.
• Supporting a safe, organized, and respectful work environment.

The successful candidate will possess the following background and skills:
• BSc or equivalent degree with two years of experience or a MSc in Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Microbe Ecology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or related fields.
• Experience working with plants in a lab-based setting to assay growth and familiarity with greenhouse settings.
• Experience with aseptic technique and bacterial culture.
• Familiarity with developing assays to evaluate effects of microbial application to plants.
• Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, is required.
• A desirable candidate would have skills in working with DNA & RNA quantification, plant tissue culture, use of gas chromatography, flow cytometry, and familiarity with working with compressed gases.
• Ability to contribute in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
• Excellent understanding of good lab practice requirements relating to laboratory operation and environmental health and safety in microbiology laboratories.
• Excellent organizational, record keeping, verbal, and written skills.
• Ability to work on cross-functional teams to meet milestones and deadlines.
• Must be permanently authorized to work in the USA.

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About BioConsortia

Utilizing our patented Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process, BioConsortia develops microbes that have exceptional partnerships with plants, resulting in high-performance products for substantially larger and healthier crop yields and a significantly improved environmental profile for growers.

Drought, desertification, degradation and development are stressing the planet’s arable land. BioConsortia’s plant health portfolio includes biologicals that protect crops against pests and diseases at all points of the food distribution chain (biofungicides, bionematicides, and post-harvest disease control), as well as biostimulants that increase crop yields.

To reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizers and farm runoff while increasing crop yields, BioConsortia leverages the power of cutting-edge technologies to create customized biological solutions using nitrogen fixing microbes in non-legume row crops, such as corn and wheat, as well as fruits and vegetables.

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