Division: Biological Assessment
Function: Traits Development
State/Province: Iowa [IA]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Traits Scientist (Scientist 1 or 2)- Slater, IA
Job ID: 3431
The purpose of the Soy Trait Introgression scientist is to implement a robust and efficient trait introgression and agronomic efficacy trialing program in the central United States. The goal of the position is to provide process, genetic materials, data, and recommendations for advancement of soy trait products supporting the commercial product portfolio.
Accountabilities: -Work in a function and project matrix environment for development of transgenic traits in soy varieties.
-Develop and implement trait introgression processes and protocols, leading to generation of data and genetic materials that meet aggressive business timelines.
-Develop and maintain critical interactions with Seeds Commercial functions, Biological Assessment, Crop Protection, and Trait Research project teams.
-Develop and implement project plans to deliver seed to Product Evaluation for breeder’s seed increase.
-Interact with scientists and technical staff to develop and execute agronomic efficacy studies, generate and analyze data, and prepare reports.
-Work with work stream leads to develop and maintain detailed project plans for trait introgression activities.
-Manage all activities in accordance to Syngenta GM QMS and USDA and EPA regulations.
-Supervise Research Associate and other technical personnel.
-Responsible for developing and administering an operating budget.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: :
-Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics or related field preferred. Master of Science with 5 years of experience in a highly related field will be accepted.
-Knowledge of soy genetics, breeding, agronomy, and production methods.
-Understanding of biotechnology, genomics, molecular genetics, plant physiology and statistics.
-Knowledge of handling transgenic materials according to federal, state and company policies.
-Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thinking.
-Demonstrated ability to work on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
-Demonstrated ability to effectively manage, motivate and develop staff and teams
-Experienced with herbicide and insect control trait screening and testing preferred
Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:
-Excellent communication skills and proven ability to interact across diverse scientific, professional and cultural backgrounds.
-Excellent organizational and planning skills; able to construct and adhere to project and functional plans.
-Function effectively in a diverse matrix environment.
-Ability to establish priorities and oversee multiple research activities simultaneously at peak work periods.
-Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
-Outstanding field experimental design, planning, executing and analysis skills.
-Growth chamber and greenhouse productions techniques preferred.
-Ability to use Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, and Word. Knowledge of MS Project a plus.
-Ability to contribute to complex and diverse technical teams employing multiple research strategies.
-Able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
-Commitment to team success.
-Networking, internally and externally.
-Strong commitment to Regulatory Compliance and Syngenta Stewardship policies.
Critical leadership capabilities:
-Set Direction – develop aggressive strategic goals and tactical milestones.
-Creating Edge – foster a culture of innovation and creativity.
-Drive Results – focus energy to achieve highest standards.
-Liberate Potential – professionally develop yourself and your team
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges:
-Ability to plan and execute a comprehensive and far-reaching field program for soy trait introgression.
-Ensure all operating and compliance procedures are followed to a high standard.
-Identify required resources and plan for their availability as necessary.
-Innovation, critical evaluation skills, and results-orientation required for continual improvement of the trait development process.
-Work effectively with a broad range of scientists encompassing marker assisted selection, statistics, bioinformatics, breeding, and agronomy.
-Achieve project milestones related to field testing and agronomic evaluation.
-Effectively work on collaborative projects with 3rd party technology suppliers.
-All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
-Varies from typical office and meeting environments to fieldwork. Moderate travel to remote locations required
WORKING CONDITIONS WHILE PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
-Typical field agricultural environments, including heat, dust, corn pollen and sun exposure.
-Domestic and international travel will be required. Estimated less than 25% of effort but some trips for 1-2 weeks.
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