Research Scientist, Transformation Technologies

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Position Summary:

The Research Scientist will join the Transformation Technologies team at Benson Hill Biosystems and contribute to improve the Trait Discovery and the Product Development transformation pipelines. The successful candidate will be contributing to drive innovation and improvements in the transformation protocols of different crop species, and in helping develop our growing genome editing pipelines in an extremely fast-moving startup biotechnology company atmosphere. The Research Scientist will be a key member of the Benson Hill team, and will closely collaborate with cross-functional teams across Benson Hill, and occasionally with external researchers and collaborators.

Key Responsibilities:
Agrobacterium-mediated and biolistics mediated transformation of different crop species
Develop and implement optimization experiments to improve transformation efficiencies across multiple plant species
Regular and clear communication of research progress and results to team members, leadership, internal and external stakeholders
Coordination with production team for implementation of improvements into the pipeline
Maintain detailed and organized records of project data and other materials as needed
Contribute to scientific discussions and present outcomes to colleagues and leadership
Collaborate closely with researchers and management in the Benson Hill organization


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Education and Experience:
Ph.D. in plant biology, plant physiology, molecular or cellular biology, biotechnology, or a related discipline
Minimum of five years, hands-on experience in plant transformation research organization, preferably in an industrial setting
Experience following standard operating procedures, data quality tracking
Ability to operate in a fast pace environment and work collaboratively across functions

Qualifications:
Proven track record in agricultural biotechnology research
Research experience with plant transformation system improvement and optimization
Strong understanding of Agrobacterium-mediated and non-Agrobacterium mediated plant transformation
Experience with control environment and plant growth and development
Knowledge of standard molecular biology and biochemistry protocols (e.g., cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, enzyme assays, RNAseq etc.)
Familiarity with basic bioinformatics tools (BLAST searches, online databases)
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to multi-task and take on new assignments as necessary in a fast-moving startup atmosphere
Ability to work autonomously or collaboratively as part of a team
Excellent planner, organizer, critical thinker, and problem solver, with a demonstrated ability to efficiently execute project tasks

Benson Hill Biosystems is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the U.S. Benson Hill Biosystems is not able to sponsor applicants for work visas.

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