Postdoctoral Position (Junior Researcher): Molecular Biology/RNAi/CRISPR

Aloha! The USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (Geib Lab) and University of Hawaii Manoa (Rubinoff Lab) have funding for a Junior Researcher (Postdoc) to work on utilizing RNAi and CRISPR/CAS approaches for characterizing and improving pest fruit fly strains utilizing for the sterile insect technique (SIT).
In combination with ongoing research utilizing genomic and genetic approaches to identify mutations associated with mass rearing traits, the researcher will be tasked to utilizing genome editing and/or gene silencing approaches to develop improved SIT lines in pest fruit fly species. The applicant will be expected to work independently and supervise technical staff and students, as well as work well as part of a larger research team. Experience in wet-lab molecular biology, genetics, as well as experience in injection-based RNAi and/or targeted genome editing techniques is required as well as experience in overseeing the maintenance and characterization of laboratory strains utilized for this research. We have advanced computing resources in-house, a modern and well equipped laboratory, and a very active research program.
Salary is ~$~61,000/yr, hired through University of Hawaii Manoa, and the job will be stationed at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, HI (on the Big Island of Hawaii). Minimum PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, entomology, or similar is required. If interested, please contact Dr. Scott Geib at scott.geib@ars.usda.gov and submit CV, research statement, and contact for at least 3 references.

Scott Geib, PhD
Research Entomologist-Insect Genomics
USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center
64 Nowelo Street Hilo HI, 96720
808-959-4335
scott.geib@ars.usda.gov

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