Genective – Entomology Assay Biologist: Champaign, Illinois

Champaign, IL
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Genective, a JV between two leading global seed companies, Limagrain and KWS, is seeking a detail-oriented and dexterous Entomology Assay Biologist to join our fast-growing team. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary program focused on the discovery, biological characterization, development, and commercialization of novel insect control traits. The candidate will be responsible for supporting and carrying out screening of putative insecticidal proteins against relevant agronomic corn insect pests in artificial diet bioassays in a collaborative and transparent environment. The Assay Biologist will conduct experiments to continuously improve, optimize, and validate the whole organism bioassays, delivering high quality data yielding robust and reproducible results. Data capture, data analysis, and clear communication in both oral and written updates on experimental procedures and results will be required. The Assay Biologist will directly report to of the Head of In Vitro Entomology. The successful candidate will be a contributing member to the larger functional entomology group. The primary working location is Champaign, IL, but occasional local travel may be required to the Weldon, IL research station.
THE POSITION Entomology Assay Biologist plays a critical role as part of the overall research team in executing Genective’s strategy. Essential Responsibilities: -Screen putative insecticidal proteins for efficacy against target agronomic pests of corn in bioassays on artificial diet -Capture, document, and share data and results in written and oral updates -Participate in conducting experiments, data analyses, and troubleshooting assays -Participate in the drafting and updating of SOPs and work instructions -Assist in developing new approaches and strategies related to bioassays -Maintain, calibrate, and clean laboratory equipment -Order and maintain stocks and consumables for bioassays -Assist as needed other team functions as part of the global support team mindset QUALIFICATIONS The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: -A Bachelor’s degree in entomology, biology, crop protection, agriculture or related discipline -Laboratory experience handling delicate insects, whole organisms -1+ years relevant laboratory experience, preferred -Proven ability to closely follow assay protocols resulting in high quality, robust, and reproducible data -Energy and drive to work in both an interdisciplinary scientific team and independently -Understanding of the fundamentals of experimental design and basic statistical data analysis and interpretation -Ability to learn and use electronic lab notebooks and databases for data capture -Flexible, highly self-motivated, agile, results-oriented and innovative with a purpose -Organized with good time management skills -Good oral and written communications skills -Equipment skills: Microscope, pipettes, scales, paintbrushes -Computer skills: MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, document stewardship
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