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Molecular 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.


Simplot Plant Sciences consists of a dynamic group of collaborative scientists working on genetic improvement of crop plants. The Molecular Scientist is an experienced bench scientist who enjoys working to identify and execute new biotech strategies to develop and validate new traits. The Molecular Scientist will evaluate and critique the scientific literature to identify gene targets for deletion, insertion, or modification to confer advantageous effects on the metabolism, physiology, or architecture of the plant to produce fruit of increased quality, composition, disease resistance or yield.  The Molecular Scientist is a scientific leader and collaborative member of a team who is self-motivated and possesses a growth mindset. Excellent communication and organizational skills are essential, as well as a strong interest and capability to innovate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plays an instrumental role in Research and Development through well-designed, rigorous experimentation and data interpretation.
  • Leads in technological innovation, including developing new traits and strategies with an emphasis on CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing methods.
  • Desire to lead people and projects. Supports overall scientific progress of the team by continuously seeking improvements, sharing knowledge and skills, and demonstrating a growth mindset.
  • Takes on challenging tasks, remaining flexible and productive when faced with ambiguity.
  • Actively, frequently, and effectively communicates with others.
  • May provide molecular support for regulatory safety submissions.

Typical Education

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, plant biology, or related field.

Relevant Experience

  • Four or more years of post-graduate experience working with molecular biology and biotechnology. Industry experience preferred.
  • Experience with CRISPR/Cas9 essential.
  • Experience working with plant biology techniques, such as use of protoplasts and virus induced gene silencing valuable.
  • Competent in designing and constructing plasmids, DNA sequencing, quantitative PCR, ddPCR and gene expression analysis.
  • Strong computational and genomics skills are desired, including experience performing data and network analysis with the latest tools.
  • Knowledge and experience of plant physiology and biochemistry is strongly desired.

Job Requisition ID: 4966

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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