Research Associate – #01D6Y
Twenty years from now, the earth???s population will need 55% more food than it can produce now. Today, Monsanto is working with farmers around the world to do something about it. In over 60 countries, Monsanto has established industry-leading products because we give professionals the freedom to make real decisions. Monsanto is an Employer Of Choice with an outstanding professional development program and a history of building careers. Make an impact by joining the team that is working to solve one of mankind???s greatest challenges.Monsanto is at the leading edge of using new technologies to harness the genetic potential of entire crop genomes. Molecular Breeding Technology (MBT) is the global organization that provides this capability through the delivery of high throughput seed chipping and genotyping data, development of new platforms and processes for genome analysis, and development of new tools and information for selection in the breeding and biotechnology pipelines. We currently have an opening for a Research Associate in the St. Louis/Woodland/Brazil Production Genotyping Platform as a part of the MBT Program. The position will be located in Chesterfield, MO. This individual will be working collaboratively with other production team members to deliver daily and weekly targets under tight deadlines, identify opportunities for system or process improvements, and operate automation. The successful candidate will have experience in molecular biology, high through-put laboratory environments, and the ability to work well with a large team. Responsibilities include: Delivering daily/weekly production through-put targets Operating and troubleshooting production automation Adhering to established protocols and good laboratory practice techniques Identifying and implementing process improvements Accountable for cross-functional work in multiple detection platforms Providing training and guidance to others at various technical levelsData monitoring to facilitate process improvement projectsMaintaining detailed record keeping and ISO documentation Achieving commitment to safety and adherence to safety protocols and best practices The successful candidate will thrive on meeting production challenges, insist on high quality deliverables, demonstrate effective problem solving skills, and possess the agility to work across teams. Qualifications:Required Education and Skills:Must have one of the following: Minimum of a High School diploma/ GED and at least ten years of related production and/or laboratory experience, OR Minimum of an Associate???s degree with at least one year of related production or laboratory experienceMechanical aptitude for operating and troubleshooting automation Excellent verbal and written communication skills Ability to build strong relationships and networks across shifts, sub-teams, and sitesWillingness and ability to learn quickly and adjust to changes under pressure (short timelines, troubleshooting of automation issues, contingency planning)Desired Education and Skills:a) Bachelors Degree in a biological science or related field of study or mechanical or related engineering and at least three years of related production or molecular laboratory experience OR b) At least one year of experience in a production environment including operating automation High through-put laboratory experienceBroad understanding of modern molecular biology, DNA extraction, and DNA detection techniques Experience in DNA extraction and/or molecular markers Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills Demonstrated ability to program automation software Proficiency with Spotfire or similar visualization softwareWho is Monsanto? Monsanto is an agriculture company with more than 20,000 employees focused on making a balanced meal accessible to everyone. We work to help farmers produce food in a more sustainable way. We think about how our food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests. We believe that bringing diverse perspectives together is the most effective way to develop creative solutions to some of the world???s biggest challenges. Career opportunities at Monsanto range from farming, plant breeding, chemistry and engineering to marketing, environmental science, IT and many other areas. We???re always looking for exceptional professionals interested in developing a strong career while collaborating to develop solutions for sustainable agriculture. Sound like a job for you?Why work with us?Life at Monsanto means collaborating with dedicated professionals in a stimulating environment Our people demonstrate our winning culture through positive and meaningful relationships You will work with market leading brand products in a global organization We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and some of the best career development opportunities in the industry Monsanto is named Great Place to Work in many countries around the worldJoin our global team where your contribution will make a real difference!Apply for this job.