Description of Job: Under guidance from direct supervisor, execute a research program focused on mycorrhiza and the plant rhizosphere that is directed towards the discovery and early development of new biorational products for enhanced plant growth in horticultural and agronomic crops.
Working closely with a multi-location team of scientists, provide hands-on scientific expertise in conducting experiments with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi & other soil micro-organisms. Design, plan, conduct, analyze and interpret growth chamber and greenhouse experiments to discover and evaluate new leads. Some field trial work may also be involved. Help generate new technology and product ideas and demonstrate early-stage technical proof of concept.Help facilitate research collaborations with external cooperators.Participate in cross-functional new product development and product life cycle management project teams.
Experience: Prior hands-on experience working on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and/or soil micro-organisms required. Working familiarity with standard aseptic practices, microscopy skills and molecular biology techniques including RNA/DNA extractions and related analyses preferred. Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with plants in greenhouse and/or growth chamber environments. A self-starter who is well organized, able to work independently while also being an effective team member and demonstrates excellent time management skills. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Routine use of MS software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Working knowledge of experimental design, statistics and use of associated computer software.
Education: M.S. degree in Soil Microbiology, Mycology, Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Horticulture or related field with 3-5 years of relevant research experience.
Travel: Domestic 10-15%