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Staff Scientist: Molecular Biology & Microbiology

Summary

NewLeaf Symbiotics is seeking a motivated Staff Scientist to conduct research aimed at developing plant-associated bacteria as drop-in solutions for agriculture. The company is a fast-paced and exciting startup company engaged in the discovery, development, formulation, and commercialization of products based on naturally occurring, beneficial plant-associated bacteria.

The company headquarters and laboratories are located in the BRDG Park facility of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, in the Creve Coeur area of St. Louis, Missouri.

Responsibilities

  • Design and conduct laboratory research in molecular biology, microbiology, bacterial genetics and plant-microbe interactions both independently and in collaboration with others
  • Ability to supervise research associates
  • Prepare and communicate protocols, reports and analyses regularly to the team and NLS leadership
  • Remain current in literature in discipline, and create and design new methods to advance company goals
  • Assist with other related lab and greenhouse projects as needed to help NewLeaf Symbiotics meet its R&D objectives

Requirements

  • Educational requirements are a Ph.D. with 2+ years (or outstanding M.Sc. with 5+ years or B.S. with 10+ years) of academic and/or industrial in one or more areas related to molecular biology, microbiology, bacterial genetics, metagenomics, plant-microbe interactions or microbial ecology
  • Based on genomics and phenomics data, ability to design hypotheses to test in the laboratory/greenhouse/field to support our product pipelines
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent problem-solving, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability and desire to work independently as well as in a collaborative and cross functional team-environment (plant biology, field biology, product development, data sciences)
  • Proficiency at multi-tasking and prioritization of assignments in a fast-paced and often changing research environment
  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques including
    • DNA/RNA extractions, cloning, RT-PCR, qPCR, and PCR techniques
    • Novel vector construction skills preferred
    • Computational biology skills an advantage
    • Able to work in growth chamber, greenhouse settings and participate in occasional field sampling trips

NewLeaf Symbiotics offers competitive salary and benefits. Qualified candidates should submit a single file to nbreakfield@newleafsym.com that includes a detailed cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in the position, thorough CV or resumé (>1 page is acceptable), and complete contact information for three professional references.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE A COVER LETTER. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED