1+ months

Senior Scientist, Molecular Trait Discovery

Kelly Services
San Diego, CA 92108
**Scientist/Senior Scientist, Molecular Trait Discovery**

**Kelly Science and Clinical** is the worlds most recognized brand in science and clinical staffing with more than 100 locations in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Our scientists contribute to the research and development of the next generation of small molecule drugs, biologics and cellular therapies.


We are seeking a Scientist/ Senior Scientist, Molecular Trait Discovery for one of our clients, an agricultural biotechnology company in San Diego, CA. This position will lead and execute in the lab efforts to discover next generation gene editing targets that will improve plant health and fitness by increasing resistance to disease and pests. The successful applicant will be a strong laboratory scientist with broad knowledge of plant-pathogen interactions, plant immunity and pathology, experience developing gene edited traits, and capabilities to lead discovery efforts across multiple traits. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to lead, influence, and grow in a dynamic environment focused on cutting edge gene editing technology.


+ Develop strategy and project plans for gene edited traits that will improve plant resistance to disease and pests in agriculture crops.

+ Lead and execute laboratory experiments to decipher molecular mechanism controlling plant immunity and plant-pathogen interactions to identify new gene editing targets.

+ Collaborate with Computational Biology to uncover new target opportunities. Integrate with Technology Development and Crop teams to transfer editing targets into the trait production pipeline. Work with Pathology teams to validate trait performance.

+ Provide subject matter and scientific expertise across functional teams.

+ Supervise junior team members and help to grow a rapidly expanding team.


+ For Scientist, Ph.D. in a Plant or other Biological Science with 2+ years of experience. Ph.D. with 5+ years of experience for Senior Scientist. Post-doctoral work may serve as experience.

+ Demonstrated research success and broad knowledge in plant-pathogen interactions and pathology, including experience with multiple pathogens and/or pests in agriculture crops such as rice, canola, soybean, and/or corn.

+ A Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology expert with demonstrated capabilities to leverage computational resources.

+ Strong understanding of gene editing technologies and capabilities to translate research discoveries to developing gene edited traits in agricultural important crops.

+ Proactive communicator with demonstrated success using oral and written strategies to communicate project status and direction.

+ Leads by example, using positive strategies to establish a professional environment of trust, respect, and collaboration. Demonstrated ability to positively influence others with strong capabilities to supervise and grow a team of junior scientists.

+ A strong collaborator capable of driving success in a highly matrixed work environment.

+ Prior experience working in an agricultural biotech and/or plant biology environment is desired, but not essential

**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: 2022-04-15 Expires: 2022-06-16

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