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Research Scientist (Plant Molecular Breeding)

Job Id:  5751

College Station, Texas, United States

Department:  Us-Biotech
Function:  Research and Development
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Mid-Senior level

About UPL

UPL is a leader in global food systems and with the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience, is now one of the top 5 agricultural solutions companies worldwide. With revenue of US$5 billion, UPL has presence in 130 countries. With market access to 90 percent of world’s food basket and focused on high-growth regions, UPL represents a compelling value proposition for growers, distributors, suppliers and innovation partners in a consolidating market. UPL offers an integrated portfolio of both patented and post-patent agricultural solutions for various arable and specialty crops, including biological, crop protection, seed treatment and post-harvest solutions covering the entire crop value chain.


Advanta Seeds is a UPL group company. Advanta is a global seed business that combines the most advanced techniques in conventional plant breeding with biotechnology to deliver world-class seed. Advanta is one of the international leaders in the research, development, production, processing, marketing, and sale of high-performance agricultural seeds. Drawing on our global network of breeders and researchers, Advanta can offer exclusive genetics and industry-leading hybrids of field and vegetable crops.

Primary responsibilities

Successful person will be an integral part of the molecular breeding team. The person will work closely with plant molecular breeding scientists and plant breeders in different geographies and crops to deploy molecular breeding techniques including genomic selection to breeding programs of Advanta.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the data analysis for molecular breeding activities and strategies, with special focus on genomic predictions, with ultimate goal to accelerate the genetic gain and improve product delivery time to the market.
  • Collaborate with plant breeders and genotyping laboratory to ensure timely genotyping of the samples at different stages of the breeding programs to enable molecular breeding techniques including genomic prediction.
  • Provide logistical support whenever needed to the breeding programs for smooth genotyping of the germplasm needed to implement molecular breeding strategies.
  • Coordinate phenotypic data collection by following up with plant molecular breeders and/or plant breeders in different geographies to ensure successful implementation of genomic prediction and other molecular breeding techniques.
  • Evaluate genomic data from the genotyping laboratory and/or external service providers for quality, store the data in appropriate databases and prepare it for implementing molecular breeding to different breeding programs.
  • Perform exploratory analyses from genomic data to explore and track germplasm diversity of the breeding programs.
  • Provide support to the plant molecular breeders and plant breeders for analysis of multi-environment trials.


Job Skills & Requirements:

  • Experience in applying genomic prediction into plant breeding pipeline.
  • Experience in genomic data analysis.
  • Being able to use proprietary company software for analyses of genomic and phenotypic data.
  • Proficiency in a programming language R and/or Python.
  • Experience in developing scripts, workflows, and pipelines using R and/or Python is desirable and a plus.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical genomics research methods is desired for this position.
  • Able to work well independently and with team members in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem solving.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


Education & Experience:

  • PhD (or MS with 3+ yrs exp) in Plant Breeding with strong background in quantitative genetics, statistical genomics, or a related field of study.
  • 2-3 years of experience, preferably in seed industry.
  • Agriculture - Knowledge of agriculture industry - Preferred.
  • Teamwork - Ability and willingness to work cooperatively with others.
  • Multicultural Approach - Ability to work in a corporation with global network (global company).

We are one team, for maximum impact. One team with shared goals. We all play for the team and no-one plays against team. We have a laser-like focus on what our customers need and want, on anticipating their future needs and how we can create innovative solutions and experiences for them.