Function: Trait Research
State/Province: North Carolina [NC]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Research Associate – Molecular Physiologist
Job ID: 3037
*To support plant characterization activities for Agronomic Traits projects
*Monitoring the progression of plants through Agronomic Traits transgenic event pipelines and coordination of sampling and for routine Taqman, qRTPCR and ELISA assays and additional analyses as needed
*Management of data generated in an accessible and organized way to enable scientists within Agronomic Traits to make informed decisions regarding the selection of events to progress forward in the pipeline
*Monitoring the progression of plants through Agronomic Traits transgenic event pipelines
*Coordination of routine sampling and analysis for Taqman, qRTPCR and ELISA and other analyses
*Collection, collation, and management of transgenic event pipeline data in an organized and accessible form
*Depending upon the level of the candidate, subsequent analysis of the data and selection of events to progress forward
*May also assist in the setup and execution of greenhouse or local field-based experiments
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
*Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Plant Physiology or a related field.
*This role requires at a minimum a basic understanding of molecular biology and plant biology
*Training in database management is desirable
*An understanding of basic statistics for experiment design and data analysis is desirable
Critical skills/experience includes:-
*Expertise with Microsoft Excel-
*Proficiency with the collation and organization of disparate datasets and maintenance of a database of information-
*Experience with plants, particularly transgenic plants, is strongly desirable
Beneficial to the role:-
*Experience working with plants and plant materials in greenhouse and/or field settings, taking biological samples and physiological measurements-
*Experience with LIMs systems, track & trace (barcodes, RFID, etc.)
*Experience with MS Access or other database management software-
*Experience using JMP, SAS or other experimental design and data analysis software-
*Experience using VectorNTI
*Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Critical Technical, Professional & Personal capabilities:
*Ability to work in a team environment.
*Ability to learn and work quickly and efficiently
*The ability to keep track of tasks and manage own workload to meet timelines
*The ability to stay organized is absolutely essential to this role.
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: *Ability to collate and organize data contained in different files quickly and efficiently
*Ability to organize and maintain large datasets
*Ability to keep an accurate and reliable accounting of materials and their respective sources/destinations.
*Ability to function independently
*Willingness and comfort to pro-actively consult with scientists and senior scientists within the group
*Ability to balance multiple tasks is essential.
*All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
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