Develops and tests full-length and replicons derived from virus(es) for replication and infectivity in maize, plants and protoplasts, examines the biology of leafhopper transmission of maize virus(es); assays gene and sequence function and identifies sequence insertion sites for gene expression and virus-induced gene silencing by mutagenesis; analyzes and interprets project data; summarizes progress for monthly project reports, prepares manuscript drafts and revisions to report project outcomes; collaborates and communicates effectively with supervisor, project PIs and collaborators; works cooperatively with other lab members; contributes to the development, archiving, and maintenance of experimental materials, including preparing solutions and buffers required for personal research; maintains plants and viruses associated with project; maintains thorough records that are compliant with project standards and an orderly workspace, and complies with required safety and operating procedures. This is a term position, up to three years depending on funding availability and performance.
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