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Starch and Protein Biochemist


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.


The Starch and Protein Biochemist is a research scientist who contributes intellectually and technically to the improvement of potatoes and strawberries using biotechnology. The scientist should be highly skilled in the laboratory and familiar with state-of-the-art instrumentation and methods for analyzing metabolites, volatiles, proteomics, properties and structure of starch, and protein expression, purification, and detection. The candidate should be self-motivated, collaborative, and possess high quality standards for their work. Excellent communication and organizational skills are essential, as well as a strong interest and capability to innovate and apply new biochemical methods using instrumentation available internally or through external collaborations.

Key Responsibilities

Plays an instrumental role in Research and Development through well-designed, rigorous experimentation and data interpretation. Applies a deep understanding of starch metabolism and protein biochemistry and is actively engaged in the advancement of our understanding of plant biochemical pathways to assist in the development of biotech products and to seek regulatory approvals. Supports overall scientific progress of the team by continuously seeking improvements and demonstrating a growth mindset. Takes on challenging tasks, remaining flexible and productive when faced with ambiguity. Actively, frequently, and effectively communicates with others.


Successful candidates will be expected to use or direct others to use the following equipment:

  • AKTA FPLC Protein Purification System and BioLogic LP Protein Purification System
  • Discovery Hybrid Rheometer (DH-20)
  • Mastersizer 3000
  • Vanquish UHPLC System
  • Thermo Scientific Q Exactive Plus - orbitrap LC-MS/MS system with nanospray flex ion source
  • Thermo Scientific™ EASY-nLC 1000 Liquid Chromatograph
  • Agilent 1200 Series Liquid Chromatograph
  • TSQ Quantum Ultra Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer
  • 7890B GC and 5977A GC/MSD

Typical Education

  • Doctoral degree (Ph. D.) in Biochemistry or related field.

Relevant Experience

  • 1+ years related experience and/or training
  • Extensive knowledge and laboratory experience in plant physiology and biochemistry
  • Strong computational skills are desired
  • Experience using LC/MS for proteomic analysis is desirable

Job Requisition ID: 4094

Travel Required: None

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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