Genomics Scientist

Job Location
St. Louis, MO 63103
Job Description

The advent of high-throughput sequencing has opened the door to a new realm of possibilities in the interrogation of genomes, transcriptomes, populations and communities. To fully leverage these technologies Monsanto is seeking a highly motivated genomics scientist to lead a team in the development, testing and optimization of high-throughput sequencing approaches to answer complex biological questions. The Genomics Scientist Lead will consult with users of high-throughput sequencing data to ensure appropriate experimental design and method development, where needed. In addition to method development, the team led by this individual will be responsible for the testing and optimization of newly published or released protocols for high-throughput sequencing applications. The Genomics Scientist Lead must have strong people management skills in addition to expert bench technique and molecular biology knowledge as this individual will be expected to lead the team as well as be a key driver of bench science.This high profile role will directly contribute to the technical success of biotechnology and breeding projects across the company. As such, excellent communication and organizational skills are required.   

• Design, develop, and execute experimental research projects of high complexity. 
• Develop novel experimental and analytical tools for high throughput sequencing-based assays. 
• Evaluate and recommend new emerging technologies in relevant fields. 
• Create scientifically rigorous visualizations, communications, and presentations of results. 
• Contribute to the generation of standard protocols and intellectual property.


Required Skills/Experience:

• PhD degree in genetics, genome sciences, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or related field. 
• Hands-on experience with molecular biology, assay or protocol development, high throughput methods, and massively parallel sequencing platforms. 
• Method development experience in one or more of the following experimental areas: de novo genome or population sequencing, expression or small RNA sequencing, epigenetic profiling, microbiome analysis, or other innovative approaches to interrogate and understand biological systems.


Desired Skills/Experience:

• 2 years of post-graduate experience. 
• Extensive plant biology experience. 
• Demonstrated expertise in both experimental and computational analysis. 
• Fluency in standard bioinformatics tools, Python, Perl, and R. 
• Excellent creativity, decision making, and troubleshooting skills. 
• Strong analytical and organizational skills along with strong written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated through publications and presentations. 

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