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Trait Genomics Scientist - #006ZS

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Location: St. Louis, Missouri, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Monsanto
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Open Til: 01-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Crop Protection/Chemicals
Career Type: Researcher/Scientist
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive

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Rapid introduction and stacking of new breeding traits are critical components of Monsanto&##39;s innovation and speed to market. Trait Genomics accelerates this by utilizing the most advanced genomics tools available to improve trait selection and identify the genes underpinning key crop traits.
 
We currently have three openings for Trait Genomics Scientists located at the Chesterfield Village site in the St. Louis area. These scientists work in cross functional teams, including discovery breeders, genotyping and sequencing labs, statisticians, bioinformaticians, data analysts, and trait biologists, to identify genes for key traits related to plant health and yield in corn, soy, and cotton. The specific goals of Trait Genomics are to develop molecular assays for trait selection, identify the underlying causative genetic factors, and guide the utilization of gene information for further genetic improvement. Trait Genomics Scientists design, carry out and analyze experiments toward trait gene identification using the most advanced molecular genetic, genomic and data analysis tools. They also collaborate to identify and implement the next generation of technologies to improve the efficiency of gene identification and manipulation in crops. The scientists join part of a diverse 15 member Trait Genomics team with access to state of the art equipment and facilities, including a newly renovated 2700 sq. ft. laboratory dedicated to Trait Genomics, high throughput genotyping and fingerprinting capability, four different next gen sequencing platforms, bioinformatics and data analysis support, and plant growth facilities.
 
Monsanto Company has consistently been ranked as one of the best companies to work for in America. We are proud to be recognized by Scientist Magazine in 2011 as the 4th best company to work for in the entire scientific industry. In addition, Monsanto has been ranked as one of the best employers in many other countries including; Brazil, Mexico, Korea, and Canada.
 
Responsibilities:
 
· Help identify and implement new strategies and genomics technologies to support gene targeting
· Develop and manage projects aimed at accelerating trait selection and identifying trait genes
· Design, implement, and analyze genetic/genomic experiments for trait projects
· Develop genomic tools to support trait selection and gene discovery
· Select and develop team members to support program goals
· Help support personnel development and safety of team members


Qualifications:
Required Skills/Experience:
 
· Academic degree in science, PhD. in a discipline with plant genetics or genomics emphasis
· Experience in utilizing molecular markers and DNA sequence for genome analysis
· Experience in experimental design and project management
· Ability to deliver innovative and creative solutions to complex problems
· Ability to collaborate effectively in interdisciplinary teams
 
Desired Skills/Experience:
 
· Postdoctoral work experience
· Experience in positional gene identification, especially disease resistance genes
· Experience or training in plant breeding
· Experience with next gen sequencing systems