Senior Research Associate
Pioneer - Ankeny, IA

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This position will provide technical support to the Environmental Safety Assessment Group within the Regulatory Science and Operations division. The position will support the evaluation and demonstration of candidate product safety through the conduct of target and non-target bioassays under the supervision of the Laboratory Environmental Risk Assessment Lead. Duties/Responsibilities Lead, organize, align and communicate with a team a common approach to ensure on-time execution of invertebrate bioassays and report preparation while allowing for individual growth opportunities.
Author and maintain standard operating procedures, methods, protocols and other documents related to group organization and study conduct.
Assist with laboratory/greenhouse/field experiments following standard operating procedures/methods including but not limited to.
Insect/invertebrate non-target organism bioassays (terrestrial and aquatic)
Target insect bioassays
Microbial bioassays
Allelopathic effect assays
Maintenance of laboratory equipment records, incoming materials, and activities following GLP standard operating procedures.
Problem Solving
Take actions to ensure alignment with GLPs, SOPs as well as other process related documents and facilitate team consistency accordingly.
Have the desire and ability to drive change, demonstrate leadership and team management skills.
Communicate effectively with external teams and foster efficient utilization of those groups.
Identify potential issues in ongoing processes and decide on the most appropriate corrective actions required to minimize delays, while maintaining data integrity.
Troubleshoot and/or assist with development/improvements of new or existing methods.
Encourage and coach others to seed opportunities of different and innovative approaches to addressing process problems.
Decision Making
Prioritize individual projects to insure that established timelines are maintained.
Ability to communicate effectively with team of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Identify individual strengths and potential developmental opportunities for team members and help foster the growth and development of each member. Education and Experience Bachelor's degree in toxicology, ecology, biology, biochemistry, entomology, microbiology, or scientific related field and minimum of 2-4 years of industry related experience is required. Master's degree and 0-2 years of related experience is preferred. Equivalent amounts of relevant education and experience are acceptable.

Experience in business process management and/or process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, or Quality Management Systems desirable. Experience with laboratory bioassays, insect rearing, working with both terrestrial and aquatic insects preferred. Supervisory experience also preferred. Competencies Strong attention to detail.
Excellent organizational skills and record keeping ability.
Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as computer skills desired.
GLP experience desired.
Flexibility and adaptation to a changing work environment.

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