Technical Positions in Genetic Transformation of Crops

University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology

United States

Crop Transformation Facility (CTF) Positions 

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) is a project that aims to improve photosynthesis to equip farmers worldwide with higher-yielding crops to ensure everyone has enough food to lead a healthy and productive life. RIPE is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, and the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office who are committed to ensuring Global Access and making the project’s technologies available to the farmers who need them the most.

As RIPE moves an increasing number of transgenic traits from model to crop systems, our capacity for crop transformation needs to increase. To meet this, a new state-of-the-art facility, Crop Transformation Facility (CTF), has been built on the University of Illinois Research Park. We are now searching to expand our qualified staff committed to the public-good objectives of RIPE.

Below are two job positions that we are looking for. If you have any questions, please contact the RIPE Senior Project Manager, Lisa Emerson, at

Crop Transformation Facility (CTF) Molecular Genotyping/Tobacco Transformation Technician 

This position's primary function will be genotyping tobacco and soybean cultivars by PCR and copy number analysis, as well as assisting with transformations and tissue culture. Required skills expected of candidates include knowledge of DNA isolation, genotyping by PCR, genetic transformation and tissue culture of tobacco, and sterile technique. To apply, visit here. Applications are due by June 23, 2021.

Crop Transformation Facility (CTF) Soybean/Tobacco Transformation Technician 

The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for the conduction of plant transformations in soybean and/or tobacco. Required experiences include aseptic laboratory technique and sterile handling. Technicians are also required to have knowledge of DNA isolation and PCR. The application for this position has been extended. To apply, visit here. Applications are due by June 24, 2021.

Additional details and links to apply can be found at

The University of Illinois is a world leader in photosynthesis research and has contributed to some of the most seminal discoveries in photosynthesis. Illinois is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the traditional strengths in photosynthesis research with the emerging engineering/technological capabilities associated with genomics and DNA editing, and modeling whole plant-environment interactions.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

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