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Scientist - Plant Biologist (Production Research)

RiceTec, Inc.
Alvin, Texas, US
Closing date
May 20, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Role purpose
  • Collaborate with Research and Development Teams, Production and Supply Teams to strategically shape a program that drives improvement in hybrid seed production
  • Work in partnership with quality team to optimize testing schemes for maximizing seed quality.
  • Team up with Marketing to identify and research seed treatments and seed enhancements for better crop protection and high yields
  • Contribute to the large-scale production testing program by designing experiments and performing statistical analysis for reliable conclusions.
  • Perform all activities in accordance with the RiceTec Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy
  • Work in a function and project matrix environment to plan, coordinate and execute biological research of Rice.
  • Contribute expertise and knowledge relevant to plant biology such as crop physiology, pathology, entomology, bioassays, weed science, and so on.
  • Independently design and conduct experiments to develop effective and robust protocols, analyze potentially complex datasets to generate technical reports and scientifically sound interpretations and recommendations
  • Maintain accurate experimental records, according to company policies with outstanding attention to detail
  • Protect novel findings through submission of invention disclosure
  • Lead or participate on project teams and work streams in scientific research
  • Manage, supervise, and mentor other employees within the functional group
  • Other duties as assigned
  • On-site work required

Critical success factors & key challenges
  • Strong initiative and results orientation
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Understand SMART goals, project milestones, and deliverables
  • Become an integrated member of a multi-functional team
  • Embrace RiceTec quality management and stewardship practices

Critical knowledge and experience
  • Ph.D. with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in plant biology such as plant pathology, entomology, weed science, physiology and agronomy, or related field; OR a M.S. with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in plant biology such as crop pathology, entomology, weed science, physiology and agronomy, or related field
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics, experiment design and data analytics
  • Experience in automated phenotyping and working knowledge of imaging, sensors, or relevant technologies, is a plus but not required

Critical professional and personal capabilities
  • Demonstrated creativity and assertiveness in problem solving and ability to lead change
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide range of colleagues within and outside the immediate function
  • Demonstrated ability and motivation to work independently and supervise junior team members
  • Outstanding analytical, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent record keeping skills and demonstrated attention to detail
  • Commitment and adherence to specific stewardship and quality management practices is essential

Physical Requirements
  • Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed.
  • May require walking level and unleveled surfaces for periodic periods throughout the day including flooded rice fields.
  • Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required throughout the workday.
  • Proper lifting techniques required.
  • Must be able to lift 50-pound bag of seed.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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