Research Associate – #01S8Y

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Research Associate – #01S8Y

Twenty years from now, the earth???s population will need 55% more food than it can produce now. Today, we are working with farmers around the world to do something about it. Make an impact by joining the team that is working to solve one of mankind???s greatest challenges. 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 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? We are 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 in Chesterfield, MO in the Extraction Lab. This individual will be responsible for the intake and shipping/receiving of samples for the MBT St. Louis production labs. The position will operate independently, work collaboratively with other team members to deliver daily targets, and identify and implement process improvements. Responsibilities include: ??? Delivering daily/weekly production throughput targets in the extraction lab, both manual and automated tasks ??? Operating and troubleshooting production automation ??? Achieving commitment to safety and adherence to safety protocols and best practices ??? Solving problems of moderate scope related to production validated methods using multiple data sources ??? Adhering to established protocols and good laboratory practice techniques ??? Demonstrating good judgment when identifying and implementing process improvements ??? Prioritizing and coordinating work within a large team and provide training ??? Maintaining detailed record keeping and ISO documentation The successful candidate will thrive on meeting production challenges, insisting on high quality deliverables, demonstrating effective problem solving skills, and possessing the ability to build productive external and internal relationships. Qualifications:Required Education and Skills/Experience: ??? Minimum of Bachelor???s degree in a biological, agricultural, or related field ??? OR ??? equivalent combination of education and experience ??? Minimum of three or more years of experience in a molecular laboratory ??? Broad understanding of modern molecular biology, DNA extraction, and DNA detection techniques ??? Ability to communicate complex information in a concise and effective manner ??? Proficiency with experimental design, data analysis, and troubleshooting ??? Experience planning and driving optimization projects from concept to completion ??? Ability to collaborate with external partners to deliver joint initiatives ??? Experience with end to end experimental design, concept to POC, and technology scale up ??? Ability to build strong relationships and networks across MBT shifts, sub-teams, sites, and external partners ??? Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel Desired Education and Skills/Experience: ??? Bachelor???s degree in a biological, agricultural, or related field ??? Four or more years of experience in a molecular laboratory ??? Experience with various DNA extraction methods, endpoint and real-time PCR, library creation, and/or next generation sequencing platforms ??? High throughput laboratory automation experience ??? Experience troubleshooting commercial and/or custom high throughput automation equipment related software ??? Proficiency with Spotfire or similar visualization software to build lab process management tools ??? Breadth of knowledge towards production process complexities to drive continuous improvements ??? Certification in Six Sigma, LEAN and/or experience driving multiple successful optimization projects

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