Plant Breeder
H.J. Heinz Company - Pittsburgh, PA

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Req Number: hein-00004777
Location(s): PittsburghPA

Plant Breeder - Heinz North America

The primary responsibility of the Plant Breeder is to generate superior new inbred lines with new traits and combinations thereof for use in high viscosity tomato varieties by utilizing traditional field breeding techniques and by implementing novel data-based tools for selection and evaluation. Also to provide support seed planting logistic and trial seed distribution for the worldwide tomato breeding program.

Research Activities:
' Perform tomato field evaluation and selection work in early generations (F2 ' F4)

' Incorporate new traits into high viscosity breeding material.

' Evaluate advanced breeding material, hybrids, and new germplasm sources as needed.

' Manage data generated from microwave testing in California and Ontario.

' Provide support for data analysis of genomics and phenotypic evaluation research.

' Development of planting plan for Winter nursery in Australia and early generations for ketchup in California

Support Activities as needed:
' Prepare and liaison for GH seedings between Stockton GH staff and Breeders

' Support fruit and seed sampling for specialty research projects and experiments

' Organize all incoming seed samples from California breeding plots.

' Receipt and shipment of research seed samples, maintain accession database

' Assist Plant Breeders in organization of research seed inventories.

Additional Responsibilities:
1. Comply with all HNA, California, and Federal Safety laws.

2. Comply with all international seed transfer regulations and internal procedures.

3. The position has regular contact with most other members of the Seed and Agric. Depts within Heinz, as well as seasonal contact with research staff at Heinz-Australia and Heinz Canada.

4. Many opportunities for error occur in the breeding program. The program handles almost 7000 unique seed packets each year. This position is responsible for implementing systems for identifying and reducing these opportunities and looking for inefficiencies in research seed production and management.

5. Employee will begin the first year in a tomato breeding training program involving hands-on experiences with various greenhouse and field jobs including planting, processing tests, electrophoresis, and pollination's.

' PhD in applied plant breeding/genetics/bioinformatics or related is preferred. A Masters degree with significant applied experience is acceptable.

' Demonstrated competency in field research; the successful candidate must be very comfortable working outside in the summer for long periods.

' A working knowledge of plant physiology, plant pathology, greenhouse and field culture is beneficial.

' Excellent competency in Microsoft Excel, Access, and Word.

' Statistical analysis training.

' Coursework in and/or application of bioinformatics research.

' The person must be innovative and interested in developing new ideas that are aligned with the objectives of the program.

' Excellent English language communication skills (writing and speaking) is required and Spanish language is preferred

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