Research Associate
Cargill - Fort Collins, CO

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Description

Cargill Canola Oils develops, produces and markets high-performance canola oils. Our business is backed by an intellectual property position in the genetic engineering of canola, and by a leading team of molecular biologists specializing in oil modification.

We develop proprietary planting seeds, contract with growers in Canada and crush and refine canola into premium oils sold to food processors and the food service industry, as well as to other organizations for inedible uses. Limited amounts of high oleic sunflower oil are also produced by our Specialty Canola Oils group.

A position is open for a talented individual with experience in molecular biology to isolate, create, and analyze genetic material for target traits in canola using molecular biology and genetics tools in Arabidopsis and Brassica napus. Target traits include manipulation of plant lipid metabolism, improvement in disease resistance, and other agronomic characters. This position independently designs and performs experiments aligned with new product development within the business strategy. Requires working knowledge of analysis of DNA, RNA, and Mendelian genetics to analyze contribution of genes/gene families to traits of interest. Works with supervisor to develop research plans, budgets and timelines, and works with direct reports and cross-functional teams to achieve objectives. Hard-working individuals with a passion for learning and desire to improve consumer wellness are encouraged to apply.

Principal Accountabilities:
35% - Sequence target sequences to support genetic marker development; optimization and validation of high-throughput marker screening assays; expand marker offering to meet customer needs

35% - Manage incoming projects and provide throughput support; organize by priority and release data on or before deadline; manage LIMS data entry/export

15% - Supervise 2-3 direct reports including coaching, development, and performance management

10% - Record keeping and documentation; miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned; assist in the development of projects, budgets, timelines and milestones

5% - Adhere to existing SOPs and further QA/QC practices in support of transition to GLP environment

Relocation will not be provided for this position.

Qualifications

Required:
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, or related field plus 4+ years relevant experience in laboratory setting; OR Master's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, or related field plus 2+ years relevant experience in laboratory setting

Proficiency in application of molecular biology tools: isolation of DNA, PCR, plasmid construction, DNA sequence analysis

Documented ability to design, carry out, and report (independently and in collaboration with other members of project teams) experiments, results, and conclusions

Experience working in a team setting with internal and external collaborators; demonstrated commitment to safety

Demonstrated verbal and written communication, and effective interpersonal and team skills

Demonstrated ability to handle multiple individual priorities, with flexibility and organization

Desired:
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, or related field plus 6+ years relevant experience in laboratory setting; OR Master's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, or related field plus 4+ years relevant experience in laboratory setting

Experience supervising individuals in technical setting as well as coaching and development

Experience scheduling multiple projects in a high throughput setting, ability to effectively utilize team members, and ability to leverage personal experience as well as that of team members to meet project deadlines

Experience with LIMS

Experience in evaluation of traits in Arabidopsis thaliana and familiarity with genetic tools available

Familiarity with plant breeding, genetics, and physiology of Brassica and Arabidopsis

Working knowledge of computers and sequence analysis software packages

Demonstrated ability to innovate and lead/participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team

Knowledge in plant lipid metabolism and fatty acid biosynthesis

Cargill is an EEO/AA employer.

Job

Research and Development

Primary Location

US-CO-Fort Collins

Schedule

Full-time

Job Type

Standard

Shift

Day Job

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