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KWS and NewLeaf Symbiotics are currently hiring.

KWS is hiring for the following full-time position at KWS Gateway Research Center at BRDG Park:

  • Research Technician – Biochemistry

We are seeking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Research Technician, Protein Biochemistry – KWS Gateway Research Center on a permanent, full-time basis. This position will join the gene editing team. For further information please visit HERE.

Your tasks:
− Conduct large and small scale protein purification experiments.
− Carry out protein expression studies in bacteria and plant cells.
− Analyze protein interactions with plant membranes and nucleic acids.
− Analyze proteins from plant tissues using various methods including immune-biochemical, calorimetric, and enzymatic assays.
− Maintain detailed and organized records of project data, contribute to data analysis.
− General laboratory management such as ordering supplies, maintaining inventory, and managing waste.
− Participate in group meetings and discussions on method development and improvements.
− Other duties and projects to support the needs of the business.
− Comply with all company policies and state and federal guidelines.

Required qualifications:
− Demonstrated skills in protein extraction from plant tissue and analysis by standard biochemical methods.
− Experience with multiple protein purification methods.
− Bachelor or Associate degree in plant biochemistry, plant biotechnology or related fields.
− 1+ yrs of hands-on experience in protein or lipid biochemistry.
− Ability to follow protocols to generate reproducible results and good observational skills.
− Skilled in documenting accurate experimental records.
− Willingness to learn and implement new experimental techniques.
− Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
− Authorized and eligible to work for any employer in the United States.

Desired qualifications:
− Interest in participating in new technology development.
− Experience in lipid biochemistry, including thin-layer chromatography and liposome generation.
− Training and experience using an ÄKTA purification system.
− Experience in handling RNA and protein-nucleic acid complexes.
− Experience using in vitro transcription and translation protocols.
− Organized, detail-orientated and able to troubleshoot experimental problems.
− Ability to work independently to plan, conduct and follow up experiments.

Interested?
Please submit a cover letter and resume directly to: careers-grc@kws.com.
− The cover letter should clarify why you would be a fit for this role, directly addressing the essential job functions and qualifications.

  • Research Scientist, Plant Cell Systems

The KWS Gateway Research Center in BRDG Park, St. Louis, has an immediate opening for a full-time research scientist in the area of plant cell systems. For further information please visit HERE.

Your tasks:
− Development of suspension cell culture systems for both monocots and dicots.
− Optimize protocols for filtration, transformation and isolation of treated plant suspension cells.
− Work effectively as part of a research team, lead and manage research technician staff.
− Ensure compliance with all company policies and state and federal guidelines.
− Participate in group meetings and discussions. Other duties and projects to support the needs of the business.

Required qualifications:
− Demonstrated expertise in establishing healthy suspension cell cultures for at least two plant species.
− Expertise working with embryogenic callus and cells.
− Experience transforming suspension cell cultures, including by particle bombardment.
− Demonstrated expertise with plant cell sorting and associated technology.
− University degree (preferably PhD) in plant biology or related fields.
− Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
− Authorized and eligible to work in the USA.

Desired qualifications:
− Experience with tissue culture and regeneration of whole plants.
− Experience in protoplast isolation and manipulation.
− 5+ yrs of industry or academic research experience.
− Ability to think creatively to identify solutions.
− Proficiency and knowledgeable in various methods in plant physiology, biochemistry, microscopy, and molecular biology.
− Able to travel domestic and international (up to 10%)

Interested?
Please submit a cover letter and resume directly to: careers-grc@kws.com.
− The cover letter should clarify why you would be a fit for this role, directly addressing the essential job functions and qualifications.

  • Research Technician, Plant Cell Culture

We are seeking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Research Technician, Plant Cell Culture – KWS Gateway Research Center on a permanent, full-time basis. For further information please visit HERE.

Your tasks:
− Establish and maintain axenic cultures of plant cells, tissues and regenerated plants.
− Isolate and transform plant cells and tissues under aseptic conditions.
− Conduct physiological, and microscopic analyses of plant cells and tissue.
− Maintain detailed and organized records of project data, contribute to data analysis.
− General laboratory management such as ordering supplies, maintaining inventory and managing waste.
− Comply with all company policies and state and federal guidelines.
− Participate in group meetings and discussions.
− Other duties and projects to support the needs of the business.

Required qualifications:
− 1+ yrs hands-on experience in plant in vitro culture and regeneration.
− Bachelor or Associate degree in plant biotechnology or related fields.
− Ability to follow protocols to generate reproducible results.
− Ability to clearly document and maintain accurate laboratory experimental records.
− Willingness to learn and implement new experimental techniques.
− Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
− Authorized and eligible to work in the USA.

Desired qualifications:
− 2+ yrs of industry or academic research experience.
− Skilled in plant in vitro culture of multiple crops.
− Demonstrated experience in optimization of in vitro culture conditions.
− Previous experience in plant suspension cell culture.
− Organized, detail-orientated and able to troubleshoot experimental problems.
− Ability to work independently to plan, conduct and follow up experiments.

Interested?
Please submit a cover letter and resume directly to: careers-grc@kws.com.
− The cover letter should clarify why you would be a fit for this role, directly addressing the essential job functions and qualifications.

  • Research Scientist, Molecular Biology

The KWS Gateway Research Center in BRDG Park, St. Louis, has an immediate opening for a full-time research scientist in the area of advanced molecular breeding technologies. For further information please visit HERE.

Your tasks:
− Develop and implement strategies for targeted modification of genomic sequences.
− Implement and optimize methods for analysis of targeted genomic modifications in plant cells.
− Work effectively as part of a research team, lead and manage research technician staff.
− Ensure compliance with all company policies and state and federal guidelines.
− Participate in group meetings and discussions. Other duties and projects to support the needs of the business.

Required qualifications:
− Experience in various genome editing technologies for animal or plant systems.
− Demonstrated expertise in molecular biology and related methods.
− University degree (preferably PhD) in biology or related fields.
− Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
− Authorized and eligible to work in the USA.

Desired qualifications:
− Experience with plant cell cultures such as protoplasts or in vitro tissue culture.
− Experience and knowledge in various methods in biochemistry and fluorescence microscopy.
− 5+ yrs of industry or academic research experience.
− Ability to think creatively to identify solutions.
− Able to travel domestic and international (up to 10%)

Interested?
Please submit a cover letter and resume directly to: careers-grc@kws.com.
− The cover letter should clarify why you would be a fit for this role, directly addressing the essential job functions and qualifications.

About KWS:

KWS is one of the most innovative and long established plant breeding and seed companies worldwide. For more than 150 years we have been breeding and marketing high performance varieties for the modern farmer. Our key crops are sugar beet, corn and cereals as well as oil seed crops and potatoes. Our core markets are in the temperate climate zones of Europe, North and South America as well as China. For further information please visit HERE.


NewLeaf Symbiotics is hiring for the following positions at BRDG Park on the Danforth Center campus:

  • Plant Pathology Senior Research Associate

Summary:
NewLeaf Symbiotics is seeking an experienced plant pathologist to join our growing plant disease research team. This position will report to the Manager of Crop Protection and assist with day-to-day management of the pathology research program, as well as perform research in the area of discovery and development of beneficial bacteria for plant disease management. Expertise in designing and implementing growth chamber and greenhouse assays with fungal plant pathogens is required. Preference will be given to candidates possessing prior experience working with foliar and/or obligate biotrophic pathogens and with beneficial microorganisms. Familiarity with all major plant pathogen groups (bacteria, fungi, nematodes, oomycetes, and viruses) and broad knowledge of pathology disciplines (plant-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, disease management, etc.) are expected. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, innovative, excel in written and verbal communication, and possess experience in mentoring and managing others.

Requirements:
− PhD earned by start date (or MS with 2+ years post-graduate experience) in Plant Pathology, Crop Protection, or closely related field
− Broad knowledge in basic and applied aspects of plant pathology
− Demonstrated ability to independently conceive, design, implement, and analyze plant disease assays
− Expertise in experimental design and use of R for statistical analysis
− Strong critical-thinking ability with proficiency in trouble-shooting
− Innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set
− Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively in a multi-talented team

Preferred Qualifications:
− Experience working with foliar and obligate biotrophic fungal plant pathogens
− Knowledge of beneficial microorganisms and biological control agents
− Prior employment in a fast-paced industry setting

Compensation:
The incumbent will be hired at a level commensurate with their knowledge, skills, and experience. NewLeaf Symbiotics offers a comprehensive benefits package including competitive salary, 401K plan, health/dental insurance, annual bonus opportunity, and company stock option consideration.

Application:
To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, a detailed CV, and contact information for three references to rrioux@newleafsym.com. References will not be contacted without prior notification. Combine all application materials into a single PDF file and send in an e-mail with the position title and applicant last name in the subject heading.

About NewLeaf
NewLeaf Symbiotics is a St. Louis-based agricultural biologics company engaged in cutting-edge research and product development. Our proprietary technology centers on the development of Pink-Pigmented Facultative Methylotrophic (PPFM) bacteria and associated members of the phytobiome for plant health applications. Through basic and applied research, we have demonstrated that PPFM applications to plants in a prescribed manner and concentration generate crops that grow faster, yield better, and possess increased resilience to biotic and abiotic stressors. For further information, please visit HERE.

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1005 N. Warson Road, Ste 201
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