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Plant Trait Scientist
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
CTC – Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira is a leading Brazilian company dedicated to research, development, and marketing of high-performance sugarcane germplasm. At the CTC Genomics location in St. Louis we are focused on harnessing state-of-the-art technologies in molecular and cell biology to engineer novel improved sugarcane varieties. We are seeking a dynamic and self-motivated Scientist with a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of plants to contribute to early stages of novel trait development in sugarcane. This position will work both independently and in collaboration with teams in St. Louis and in Brazil to scout and/or generate necessary data, nominate candidate gene targets, and ultimately generate sugarcane plants with novel traits.
Mine, generate, and interpret data both public and internal data to make informed gene target nominations
Combine skillsets from several of the following – plant development, plant genetics, plant breeding, bioinformatics, and/or gene editing to deliver trait candidates and generate detailed proof of technology plans for their testing
Working with the team and hands-on in the lab, generate transgenic plants using conventional DNA integration or genome editing approaches
Through excellent communication and interpersonal skills collaborate productively with multiple scientific teams across disciplines and cultures
Stay informed and up to date with new trait developments reported by both academic institutions and industry
Prepare technical scientific reports and presentations
Communicate effectively with relevant scientific and non-scientific stakeholders
Follow Quality Management and Stewardship SOPs
Travel: Limited travel may be required
PhD in Plant Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Genetics or a related field plus 2+ years of relevant trait engineering experience.
Strong knowledge of plant physiology and/or plant development at the whole plant and molecular levels. Familiarity with plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress is a plus
Demonstrated ability to independently design, conduct, and interpret experiments including the use of appropriate statistical methods
Experience with genome editing is strongly preferred
Ability to work independently to lead projects, as well as to productively contribute to team projects
Ability and willingness to embrace flexibility and to work productively in a fast-changing environment