Division: Biological Assessment
Function: Traits Development
State/Province: Illinois [IL]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Trait Scientist 1/ Entomologist
Job ID: 3729
- The purpose of the Trait Scientist is to implement an efficient and robust transgenic event selection program utilizing laboratory, field, and greenhouse evaluation. The goal of the position is to design and implement insect evaluation and trait efficacy studies to provide data and recommendations for event commercialization. This role will also serve as the site infrastructure lead responsible for capital projects and maintenance of the Bloomington, Illinois facility.
- Develop and implement science plans to evaluate transgenic corn and soy events providing insect control and herbicide tolerance that meet aggressive business timelines.
- Work in a function and project matrix environment for development of transgenic traits in corn and soy.
- Interact with scientists and technical staff to develop and execute trait efficacy studies, generate and analyze data, and prepare reports.
- Responsible for the infrastructure and site operations of the Bloomington, Illinois facility.
- Manage all activities in accordance to state and federal regulations, as well as Syngenta GM QMS requirements.
- Supervise Research Associate and other technical personnel.
- Responsible for developing and administering an operating budget.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: :
- Ph.D. in entomology, plant breeding, genetics or related field. Master of Science with a minimum of 5 year experience will be considered.
- Knowledge of corn and/or soy genetics, breeding, agronomy, and production methods.
- Understanding of entomology, agronomy, plant physiology and statistics.
- Knowledge of handling transgenic materials according to federal and state regulations.
- 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 manage cost center budgets and capital projects.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage, motivate and develop staff and teams.
- Experienced with insect control trait screening and testing is preferred.
Critical technical, professional, & 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.
- Results oriented through effective team participation.
- 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 experimental design, planning, executing and analysis skills.
- 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.
- Strong commitment to Regulatory Compliance and Syngenta Stewardship policies.
Critical leadership capabilities:
- Sets ambitious strategic goals
- Communicates inspirationally
- Steps beyond comfort zones
- Fosters a culture of creativity and innovation
- Focuses energy on must-wins
- Manages performance to high standard
- Develop self and others
- Recognizes and celebrates success
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges:
- Ability to plan and execute a comprehensive and far-reaching field program for event selection.
- 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 genomics, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, statistics, bioinformatics, breeding, and agronomy.
- Achieve project milestones related to field testing and trait 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
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