The Biological Scientist is responsible for laboratory and greenhouse management and maintenance, and conducts research and support teaching in propagation and production of ornamental plants and other plant species at the Tropical Research and Education Center that benefits south Florida. Work is conducted on traditional propagation, micropropagation, bioreactors, cryopreservation and DNA/RNA technology of ornamental agricultural commodities, including biofuel, medicinal and other species, all of which are important in South Florida and some of which are important nationally and globally. Responsibilities break out as follows:
Organizing and conducting studies in laboratory (plant tissue culture, bioreactors, microscopy, cryopreservation; molecular markers and PCR techniques, DNA and RNA technology); growth chambers, greenhouse, shade house, and field.
Assisting in defining goals for specific research projects in conjunction with supervisor, planning, implementing and conducting experiments, collecting results data, statistical analyses of data collected, preparing graphic and tabular results for publications and presentations including photographic material, ordering articles and review literature pertinent to research, preparing summary reports, and organizing databases of articles and literature.
Coordinating inventory and records of laboratory equipment, supplies and space in laboratory, growth chamber, incubator, greenhouse, and field as required for proper conditions to ensure optimum research productivity. This includes order and purchase requests for labor, equipment, and supplies. Maintaining laboratory equipment and implementing quality assurance, safety procedures, quality control, and testing procedures for all studies performed. Organizing laboratory material including chemicals (inventory and proper storage), hazardous waste management, inventory management, and safety training, including interactions with UF Environmental Health and Safety Dept. and laboratory cleaning and organization. Assisting in budgeting, purchasing, and internal accounting. Maintaining greenhouse plants and structure, cleaning and organizing greenhouse.
Maintaining laboratory records (notebook) of all research, with daily detailed description of experiments and activities, including greenhouse, shade house and field activities, reviewing, signing and dating notebook periodically, and providing copies of notebook to supervisor for proper filing.
Assisting in preparing grant proposals, written reports on research findings for scientific publications and conferences in coordination with supervisor.
Assisting and training undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars (national and international graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, etc.) in general laboratory and greenhouse methods and procedures, and collaborating with experimental activities.