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Scientist, Plant Pathologist


Boise, ID, US, 83702-6924

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 to improve the agronomic performance of potato and, potentially, other crops through biotechnology. Specifically, improvement of disease resistance of potatoes is the primary focus of this role.  The scientist in role should work independently and with a team to set up and carry out experiments. The scientist in role should look to optimize existing methods and discover new methods.  Person in role is expected to act as a principal investigator, driving multiple projects simultaneously.  It is expected that the scientist will eventually demonstrate a working understanding of all projects within Simplot Plant Sciences. He/she is expected to provide mentoring to and supervise other employees as a primary job function.

Key Responsibilities

  • Accomplishes short- and long-term experiments successfully. 
  • Demonstrates advanced technical expertise in a variety of methods.
  • Carries out experiments independently.
  • Reports progress and presents results.
  • Displays a positive attitude that supports overall scientific progress of the team displaying effective communication and organization skills.
  • Interested in learning and applying new methods and insights, focusing on team success.
  • 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.
  • Applies appropriate technologies to solutions of high complexity.
  • Write detailed standard operating procedures and protocols.
  • Authors scientific manuscripts and patent applications.
  • Adeptly sets up complex experiments, interpret, analyze and summarize experimental data.

Typical Education

  • Doctoral degree (Ph. D.). Academic studies focused to molecular plant pathology, plant pathology, plant-microbe interactions, or closely related disciplines

Relevant Experience

  • 1+ years related experience and/or training, preferably in the private sector
  • Advanced understanding and consolidated expertise in a field of plant biotechnology.
  • Proficient use of appropriate tools to document and analyze experiments
  • Critical thinking skills to perform assays, gather data, develop process improvements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently in support of team efforts.
  • Some travel nationally to supervise collaborative research projects and field trials
  • Some travel (maybe 1-2X annually) to international destinations for the same purpose as above

Other Requirements

  • COVID-19 Vaccine

Job Requisition ID: 7439

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - 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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