Job Requisition Number: 24857. Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley provides outstanding academic opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Our cutting-edge research by the world's foremost scientists is at the forefront of the latest advances in the biological sciences.
Also known as PMB, we are proud of our internationally acclaimed research and teaching programs in both plant and microbial biology. We are regularly ranked as excellent for our academics and research at the top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, where our mission is furthering scientific exploration for the public good.
The Plant Gene Expression Center (PGEC) conducts fundamental research in plant molecular biology. Researchers are elucidating the signal transduction pathways responsible for the perception of environmental and cellular cues. We are exploring disease resistance, light perception, the circadian clock, vegetative growth and the plant-associated microbiome. Essential genes and the networks within which they operate are elucidated using molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches.
The PGEC is a collaboration of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Plant & Microbial Biology Department of the University of California, Berkeley. The Center's principal investigators are faculty at UC Berkeley, and research opportunities are available in our laboratories for graduate and undergraduate students.
Plant Growth and Culture - Under Supervision: •Maximize propagation, growth, and seed production of a wide variety of plant species under controlled environmental and field conditions. •Perform daily watering, irrigation, and fertilizer regimes. •Perform daily plant cultural regimes to include: planting, potting, transplanting, pruning, and seed collection. •Maintain greenhouse sanitation and housekeeping. •Perform genetic crosses, ensure self-pollination, and collection and cataloging of germ plasm. •Maintaining and regenerating of genetic stock plants. •Upon request, supply inventory of plant material. •Assist in setting up and performing genetic trials in controlled environments and field conditions.
Greenhouse Maintenance and Equipment Operation: •Maintain a working knowledge of all greenhouse and growth chamber facilities to include irrigation and fertilizer systems, controllers, heating, cooling, venting, and lighting systems. •Maintain a working knowledge of autoclaves, seed storage, and seed drying equipment. •Familiarity and monitoring of each room's growth parameters. •Maintenance and repair of irrigation and fertilizer systems and equipment.
Pest and Disease Management: •Under direction, assist in the supplemental spray program. •Maintain a working knowledge of plant diseases and insect identification. •Familiarity with common-use pesticides and pest management practices. •Conduct a weekly pest monitoring program. Investigate new disease and insect control procedures.
Office Assistance/User Relations: •Assist in daily general office duties including filing, answering phones, data processing, and assisting greenhouse users with questions and procedures. •Be available for emergency call-back system. •Be able to work some weekends and holidays as part of regular schedule.•Able to perform physical labor under strenuous conditions, including extreme heat •Ability to independently lift and carry up to 40 pounds •Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and in team settings. •Ability to prioritize assignments under pressure •Demonstrated experience in routine greenhouse procedures •Demonstrated experience with mist and irrigation set-ups •Effective communication and organizational skills
Education/Training: •High school diploma or equivalent; basic math skills This is a career position that has been classified by the University as Senior Nursery Technician at 100% time.
This position requires working occasional weekends and holidays.
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