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Research Associate in Biology


Research Associate in Biology

  • R0041382
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The Department of Biology, at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Timko. The individual will join a well-established research program aimed at understanding the control of plant secondary metabolism with a focus on leaf and floral trichome specific expression.

QUALIFICATIONS : This position requires that the candidate has completed a Ph.D. in plant biology, plant genetics/genomics, or a closely related field by the appointment start date. The candidate must have prior training and experience in basic molecular biology, gene expression analysis, transgene vector construction and plant transformation/ regeneration as evidenced in the applicant's published works. Anticipated responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

o Ability to perform genetic manipulation of genes and expression vectors and to perform transformation and regeneration of plants; expertise in plant cell culture a must.

o Ability to perform routine molecular biological experiments including DNA extractions, gPCR/RT-PCR, gene expression profiling with RNAseq technologies

o Ability to conduct basic microscopic and fluorescent microscopic analysis (for transgene tracking)

o LCMS and GCMS experience in measuring secondary metabolites highly desirable

o Prior experience with gene editing (CRSPR, TALEN, etc) methodologies highly desirable

o Ability to ability to maintain existing transgenic plants and seed inventory;

o Working understanding of basic bioinformatics and computational software

o Ability to provide supervision and training for graduate and undergraduate researchers

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and attach the following:

o a cover letter that summarizes your research interests and professional goals

o curriculum vitae with list of publications

o contact information for two (2) references.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022; anticipate start date January 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed for up to two additional one-year terms, contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Michael P. Timko, Professor, at mpt9g@virginia.edu. Please note, however, that applications can only be accepted through the UVA jobs portal.

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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