Kelly Services Research Associate in Davis, California

Research Associate

Location: Davis, CA

Pay: $20 – 24/hour


Candidates will be responsible for execution of innovative methodologies in plant cell biology, tissue culture, regeneration, and transformation. The successful candidate will have hands on experience with running plant transformation pipeline including experiences with state-of-the-art technologies for plant tissue culture system development and knowledge of plant biotechnology and molecular biology. Candidates with demonstrated expertise in establishing novel transformation systems, and experience in working with collaborative, cross-functional projects are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Be a key member of the cell biology team and work in partnership with genome engineering / gene editing team members to innovate, implement, and advance multiple plant transformation platforms.

  • Work cooperatively with other scientists to develop transient expression assays and other assays to enable rapid evaluation of large numbers of transgene expression constructs.

  • Utilize published literature to identify techniques and strategies to create more efficient methods of introducing transgenes and create genetically stable transgenic lines.

  • Manage and track projects within the R&D pipeline. Write comprehensive reports and prepare PowerPoint presentations for internal and external colleagues, partners and customers.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelors or Masters with at least three (3) + years of successful experience in running a transformation pipeline and / or transformation technology development using protoplast, Agrobacterium and micro-particle bombardment.

  • Hand-on-experience with vegetable crops and hardy fruit tree species.


  • Highly organized and proactive.

  • Demonstrates the highest ethical standards, trustworthiness and has a high degree of personal responsibility.

  • Ability to work creatively and efficiently in a fast-paced, start-up company environment.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of technical challenges.

  • Excellent planning and execution skills. High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members, collaborators and management.

  • Positive attitude, good interpersonal skills and high ethical standards.

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With Kelly, you’ll have access to some of the world’s highest-regarded scientific organizations—providing you with opportunities to work on today’s most challenging, research-intensive, and relevant projects. Our connections can lead you to innovative scientific pursuits you’ll be proud to help advance. We work with 95 of the Fortune 100™ companies, and found opportunities for more than 11,000 scientific professionals last year.

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