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Assistant Scientist


Boise, ID, US, 83706-1211

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role supports the effort for improving the agronomic performance of potato and, potentially, other crops through biotechnology. Has a good level of techniques, efficiency and displays technical ability in laboratory methods. Works in conjunction with their team to set up and carry out experiments. Troubleshoots, summarized and reports results. Optimizes existing methods and rapidly adapts new methods. Involved in multiple projects simultaneously and has a good understanding of the theoretical basis of these and related projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supports Scientists in plant cell tissue culture research and experiments.
  • Accomplishes short- and long-term experiments successfully. 
  • Demonstrates a good level of technical efficiency in a variety of plant cell tissue culture methods such as media preparation, plant propagations, plant tissue transfer and collection.
  • Carries out experiments under some supervision.
  • Reports progress and presents results.
  • Displays a positive attitude that supports overall scientific progress of the team displaying good communication and organization skills.
  • Interested in learning and applying new methods and insights, focusing on team success.
  • Actively participating in meetings.
  • Effectively discusses all activities on a regular basis with their supervisor.
  • Contributes to the optimization of existing methods and rapidly adapts new methods.
  • Participate in carrying out routine lab functions including but not limited to, biohazards waste containment and removal, inventory, cleaning of lab equipment and supplies, preparing reagents, and collecting and disposing of transgenic tissues.
  • Adheres to safety practices & guidelines in the workplace.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university

Relevant Experience

  • 1+ years related experience and/or training

Other Information

  • Understanding and knowledge in a field of biology or biotechnology.
  • Applies basic methodologies for conducting experiments.
  • Implements process improvement to facilitate experimental efficiency.
  • Proficient use of appropriate tools to document experiment results.
  • Proven use of skills to perform assays and gather data.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Accountable for meeting deadlines.
  • Communicating technical issues and concerns.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently in support of team efforts.
  • Capable in presenting experiment data and results.

Job Requisition ID: 5020

Travel Required: None

Location(s): Irving St Building A R&D - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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