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Research Associate -Breeding and Trait Development

Kelly Services
San Diego, CA 92108
**Kelly Services is actively recruiting for a Temp-to-Hire opportunity in San Diego, CA for a Research Associate - Breeding and Trait Development** **.**

**Pay: $24 28/hour**

Schedule options - M-F, Thurs - Monday, Tuesday - Sat

Job Summary:

This role is with a biotechnology company with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant s natural gene-editing processes. This approach accelerates natural plant breeding that has been a staple of farming for thousands of years and has resulted in a rapid, versatile and low-cost way to produce sustainable industrial and agricultural products and improve human health by safely harnessing nature s own genetic diversity. The company has a worldwide presence, with subsidiaries in Europe and North America and a state-of-the-art research and development center in San Diego. The company has a pipeline of traits for canola and rice and is developing crop platforms and a pipeline of trait products in other major global crops including soybean, corn, and wheat. The broad applicability of technologies is highlighted by the companys strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products in microbial platforms for the food, flavor and fragrance, and personal care markets. The company has an immediate opening for a Research Associate, Breeding and Development, Greenhouse to help us to revolutionize plant breeding.


Perform all duties associated with the culture of a high-quality crop in a greenhouse setting. These duties may include planting, transplanting, watering, insect and disease control, seed processing, cross-pollinating, and establishing and monitoring optimal plant growth environments. Liaise with research staff on project timelines to accomplish required program goals. Troubleshoot existing processes and protocols to improve plant quality and develop new protocols when needed. Assist in managing the operational requirements of greenhouse and growth room facilities and equipment for efficient functioning of all programs, including greenhouse supply inventory. Participate in the improvement of greenhouse infrastructure as needed. Support local field-testing program including planting, conducting trial evaluations, and harvesting of research materials.

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

Familiarity of product development timelines. Knowledge and understanding of Integrated Pest Management principles and practices, plant propagation and culture methods, and soil and growth media preparation. Familiarity with fertilizers and pesticides. Familiarity with greenhouse and growth chamber lighting and control systems. Previous experience with Brassicas or cole crops in a greenhouse or research environment is a plus. Familiarity with marker assisted selection strategies in breeding and population development projects is a plus. Familiarity with crossing designs in a breeding program is a plus. Knowledge of statistical analysis and experimental design principles is a plus.

Must have experience with plant breeding, plant cloning, plant genetics, OR experience in botany and agriculture

Must be vaccinated

Core Capabilities:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with multiple levels of the organization. Strong organizational and motivational skills, accurate recordkeeping, and attention to detail. Able to use judgment and make recommendations for resolving problems in complex assignments. Highly proficient in Excel and MS Office suite. MS Access or another database experience a plus. Manage multiple tasks while meeting deadlines. Strong foundation in following SOPs. Able to develop SOPs and perform troubleshooting on procedures. Ability to adapt to minor changes in routine to achieve objectives.

Working Conditions:

Ability to work under greenhouse and field-testing conditions, including lifting, bending and tolerating high temperatures for brief periods is required. Must be able to lift 20-50 lbs. with or without accommodation. Must be able to work in high temperature and humidity conditions in the greenhouse and field periodically throughout the summer months. Willing to obtain a pesticide applicator s license. Willing to occasionally take care of plants during the weekend on a rotating schedule.



**You should know:** Your safety matters! Vaccination against COVID-19 may be a requirement for this job in compliance with current client and governmental policies. A Kelly recruiter will confirm and share more details with you during the interview process.

**Why Kelly** **** **?**

Kelly Science & Clinical is your connection to premier scientific and clinical companies looking to hire talented people just like you. Every day, we match science professionals with dream jobs that fit their skills and interestsits the way we think job searching should be. Nearly 100 percent of our science recruiters have a professional background/education in science, so we know a thing or two about the science market and how to get you noticed.

**About Kelly** ****

At Kelly, were always thinking about whats next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, were a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live (plus, did we mention we provide a ton of benefits ?). Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law. (


Posted: 2022-08-01 Expires: 2022-09-01

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