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Location: - (Durham, North Carolina, South United States, USA)
Open Til: 15-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Agronomy
Career Type: General
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
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Division: Product Safety
Function: Traits Development
State/Province: North Carolina [NC]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Technical Expert 1 or 2
Job ID: 2841
Experienced biologist, biochemist or immunologist to provide technical expertise in the area of analytical method development and validation for protein quantitation. Develop, validate and maintain analytical methods, primarily ELISAs, to quantitate proteins from genetically modified crops. Design studies, analyze data, prepare technical positions and develop solutions to technical problems associated with analytical methods to quantitate proteins from genetically modified crops. Assure testing procedures meet internal, regulatory and compliance standards where applicable. Use monitoring tools to ensure continued assay quality and to identify emerging assay trends. Advocate study designs, strategies and technical positions to project teams, other internal stakeholders and external stakeholders (e.g. regulators) as needed. Monitor study programs at external contract research organizations (includes contracting and work program monitoring) and assure timely delivery. Serve as study direc
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: The position demands wide-ranging knowledge of large molecule (protein) analytical method development, validation, and maintenance along with a realistic appreciation of how to solve problems in relation to regulatory questions through data development. A Masters or PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or a related subject is required.
The position requires an individual with at least 1 to 5 years experience developing and validating protein analytical methods. The incumbent must demonstrate expertise within their field, with sustained performance and accomplishments and a proven track record of establishing and retaining high quality standards and solving problems. Proficient experience in method development, optimization, troubleshooting and validation. Experience operating in a GLP environment is preferred. Experience with method automation, multiplex protein quantitation methods, technology transfer, and managing relationships with contract laboratories is preferred. The position demands wide-ranging knowledge of large molecule (protein) analytical method development, validation, and maintenance along with a realistic appreciation of how to solve problems in relation to regulatory questions through data development. A Masters or PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or a related subject is required.
Critical technical, professional, & personal capabilities:
Ability to work effectively within a matrix environment and on multidisciplinary teams. Ability to interpret critical data and statistical analyses from experimental data. Ability to work to business critical deadlines. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to interact and communicate with internal and external stakeholders
Critical leadership capabilities:
Manages Performance to ensure high standards by Skillfully planning, organizing and monitoring performance to meet deadlines Sensing and adapting to the changing environment to achieve excellence in delivery; recognizing and celebrating success, learning from failures
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: Technical expertise in large molecule analytical method development, particularly ELISAs, and analytical test method validation. Develop a working knowledge for the predominant genes, proteins and GM crops in the Syngenta portfolio and the associated protein quantitation methods and requirements to provide guidance to Syngenta Regulatory Affairs and business units, including leadership and meeting participation. Technical lead of protein analytical method issues that affect the Syngenta portfolio. Success based on ability to support technical positions as well as influence regulatory opinions and testing requirements on the basis of sound science, data and logic. Excellent communication skills including oral presentations of project updates and data analysis summaries as well as technical writing expertise. Maintain and improve highest quality standards. Proven success working with teams in a matrix environment.
Travel Requirement & other information:
Two years current position preferred. Candidates who have been in their current position a minimum of one year will be considered if they have the approval of their current business unit leader and hiring business unit leader.
Minimal travel requirements: 5%
All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.