Senior Research Associate
Pioneer - Johnston, IA

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This position constitutes an integral part of a discovery effort to identify novel proteins that will be used for engineering transgenic crops. The selected candidate will be part of a team that is responsible for the isolation, characterization and delivery of microbes identified as containing promising actives. Duties/Responsibilities The successful candidate will be responsible for development and maintenance of microbial collections, high throughput isolation and culture of microbes, preparation of extracts, and classification and characterization of isolated microbes using technologies such as next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry.
The position requires strong interaction with team members both external and internal to the group to ensure that samples are processed in an efficient and accurate manner. The responsibilities include data management, producing reports in a timely manner, obtaining and maintaining permits related to all regulated organisms, troubleshooting protocols, performing routine laboratory maintenance tasks, and ensuring safety in the lab. Education and Experience Master’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry or related fields and 2-4 years of related experience required. Equivalent education and experience will be considered. Competencies A minimum of 4 years experience with microbial techniques is essential: methods for isolation of diverse strains, proficiency in sterile technique, storage procedures, and identification of strains based on genomic and mass spectrometry data.
Proficiency with computer software (e.g., Microsoft Office), data management, and attention to detail are required. Working knowledge of relational databases (e.g., Access) is desirable. Self motivation, adaptability to change, excellent communication and organization skills including the ability to summarize and present data to other team members are essential.

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