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Research Associate

Company: Syngenta
Location: Gilroy
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Job Description:

Job Description

Research Associate

About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

About this Job:

Execution of Corn Trait Introgression (TI) greenhouse operations, ensuring compliance with all relevant process metrics and KPIs, robust data entry and maintenance of accurate track and trace, to deliver project materials on time and on specification.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

*Local Corn Trait Introgression team member working on greenhouse and laboratory projects operations, with a focus on the marker assisted inbred conversion (MAIC) backcrossing protocol
*On-time delivery of project seed to Version Test nurseries
*Timely compliance with process documentation, including established process metrics and KPIs
*Up to date data entry to company databases and Teamspace files, as needed
*Conduct and guide greenhouse transplanting, plant growth, pollination, harvest and drying operations, ensuring seamless track and trace and minimizing errors
*Conduct lab media preparation and embryo rescue operations, ensuring delivery of target numbers of high quality embryos, in alignment with target KPIs
*Planning, sampling, and lyophilization of Genotyping Lab samples for SNP/Zygosity testing, and interpretation of lab results
*Communicate technical problems to appropriate personnel and assist in resolution
*Oversee third-party labor to meet project deadlines
*Perform all tasks in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship related company policies and practices, including completing all required training courses
*Communicate effectively and regularly with peers and supervisors regarding operational and project status and work activities Maintain supply inventories to meet operational demands


*BS in Agronomy or Plant Sciences preferred
*Minimum 2 years agricultural or greenhouse experience, Trait Introgression experience preferred
*Knowledge of genetics and plant breeding is key, and experience in trait introgression is a plus
*Ability to use MS Office, with a strong focus on Excel, and other standard software
*Results oriented and driven to deliver high quality trait conversions to the business
*Excellent work ethic and attention to detail
*Highly organized and able to manage complex processes requiring multi-functional teams
*Adherence to all company, state and governmental stewardship and regulatory requirements to maintain our freedom to operate
*Relentless focus on continuous improvement and operational excellence

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:

*Experience in greenhouse operations and plant tissue culture preferred
*Ability to use personal computer and standard office software; familiarity with Excel
*Ability to work in greenhouse conditions
*Ability to organize and manage workload of multiple tasks in an effective manner
*Good verbal and written communication skills required
*Ability to oversee third-party labor to meet project deadlines
*Basic understanding of plant genetics and breeding is desirable
Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Syngenta Contact Information:
If you need assistance during the application process, please contact the Service Desk at ***************************

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