Research Scientist (Full Time) - Institute for International Crop Improvement
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Location: ST. LOUIS, Missouri
Salary: $69,763 - $83,720
Research Institute/Research Lab
The Danforth Center’s Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI) collaborates with international and local partner organizations to deliver crops with improved disease and pest resistance, yield, and nutritional content to places where people are in most need. Dr. MacKenzie’s laboratory works on the development of plant transformation systems for orphan crops, especially legumes such as cowpea and chickpea, with a focus on introducing novel insect resistance traits. As a Research Scientist in our team, you will play a crucial role in developing innovative enabling tools and methods for achieving superior trait efficacy and reliable performance in field and post-harvest conditions. For more information, visit our webpage on https://www.danforthcenter.org/our-work/research/iici/
Design and execute lab and greenhouse experiments, analyze resulting data, and deploy bioinformatic tools for raw data processing.
Design and produce constructs for plant transformation.
Lead efforts in developing and implementing new techniques associated with genome editing.
Develop and execute follow up validation and troubleshooting studies.
Effectively communicate results to stakeholders and project partners.
Work effectively as an individual contributor and collaboratively in cross-functional teams.
Meticulously maintain research records, safeguard documentation, and contribute to the development of intellectual property.
Display unwavering commitment to safety and adherence to best practices and protocols.
Other duties as assigned.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
A strong research background in one or more areas of plant sciences, such as genetics, molecular biology, and/or synthetic biology.
Deep knowledge and experience with wet lab molecular techniques including DNA, RNA, and protein characterization, including PCR/ RT-PCR/qPCR, and design and assembly of plasmid constructs using various technologies.
Proven experience with NGS and/or long read DNA sequencing technologies, or other cutting-edge molecular technologies.
Strong critical thinking skills, adaptability, and responsiveness to incoming experimental results are essential.
A self-starter attitude, ability to continuously learn and sustain high levels of productivity are expected.
Excellent communication and organizational skills, ability to distil complex scientific topics into concise messages and executable action plans are expected.
Contribute to setting IICI research goals and represent the Center multi-institutional expert working groups.
Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship.
Cover letter clearly describing research interest and career goals
Contact information for three (3) professional references
About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:
Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.
PhD with experience in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline are encouraged to apply.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri is a not-for-profit research institute. Scientists at the Center are engaged in research that strives to enhance the nutritional content of plants, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer, develop new and sustainable biofuels, and generate scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region. The Danforth Center currently employs nearly 200 individuals. Of these, two-thirds are scientists / scientific staff and approximately 90 hold PhDs. The Danforth Center has a strong international presence and commitment. Scientists from more than 20 different countries work at the Danforth Center and the Center has developed collaborations with educational and research institutes in Africa, China and India.