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Senior Scientist Crop Genetics Melon

West Sacramento, CA

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.
The primary responsibilities of this role, Senior Scientist – Crop Genetics Melon, are to:
In close interaction with global and regional heads of Marker Assisted Breeding (MAB), lead the development and implementation of molecular markers in Melon;
Design, plan and conduct MAB projects in assigned crops in close interaction with crop’s Research and Development (R&D) colleagues;
Active participation in the global Melon R&D crop team in the tactical discussions of plans to execute short-term and long-term strategies of the crops;
Ensure that MAB project portfolio is well aligned with Melon R&D Crop Team Leader;
In close collaboration with the Pre-Breeders, develop and implement plans to identify unique genetic variations in natural genetic resources for breeding improvement;
In partnership with breeders and through exchange of knowledge and ideas, propose and apply innovative breeding techniques, schemes and tools to improve breeding efficiency and genetic gain;
Initiate and execute project plans for the identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying complex traits in assigned vegetable crops in collaboration with breeders, ensure the application of identified QTL markers in the development of superior hybrids;
Propose and implement new ideas on integration of genome-wide marker technologies for accelerated breeding of Melon.
Be the contact person with universities, institutes and third party companies to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in molecular breeding and to get access to specific algorithms and software tools;
Work closely with the other MAB Scientists to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement in integrated breeding.
Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:
Required Qualifications:
PhD in Genetics, Plant Breeding or related fields with a minimum of four years of relevant experience or;
MS in Genetics, Plant Breeding or related fields with a minimum of eight years of relevant experience or;
BS in Genetics, Plant Breeding or related fields with a minimum of ten years of relevant experience or;
Experience with managing a research team with at least three years of management experience;
Excellent project management skills – managing multiple projects with multiple stakeholders;
Thorough understanding of statistics and quantitative genetics;
Demonstrated extensive knowledge of Plant Breeding with related field experience;
Basic knowledge of Bio-informatics;
Effective networker with academic scientists of various disciplines;
Good communication and interpersonal skills;
Pragmatic mind-set;
Must be a team player and be able to work collaboratively;
Ability and willingness to work internationally (travel approximately 10%).
Domestic Relocation assistance is offered for this position.
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****Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the Passion to Innovate and the Power to Change, we encourage you to apply now. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.
Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

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