Trait Discovery Manager

Job Id:  8615

College Station, Texas, United States

Department:  US-Biotech
Function:  Research and Development
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Not Applicable

Advanta is a global seed business adapting to rapidly increasing food insecurity and climate change by providing farmers with innovation and new technologies. As part of UPL Group, Advanta aims to deliver high quality seeds with excellent agronomic practices and crop protection solutions. Advanta operates in over 80 countries under global brands of Advanta, Alta and Pacific Seeds. Advanta holds a leadership position in tropical and sub-tropical geographies in corn, grain and forage sorghum, sunflower, canola, rice, and a variety of vegetables. With over 60 years' experience in plant genetics, Advanta provides seeds technology that ensures crop performance and farmers prosperity.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and coordinate discovery projects for innovative traits for plant breeders.

  • Plan and conduct Discovery projects to identify and develop marker-trait associations.

  • Collaborate with internal and external entities on trait discovery projects.

  • Actively participate with other areas on Molecular breeding pipelines.

  • Actively participate on discovery projects with other functions.


Required and Desired Skills:

  • A PhD. degree in Molecular Biology, Plant Genetics, or related fields.

  • Hands on experience in molecular biology techniques such as Gene Editing, transformation and tissue culture is preferred.

  • Knowledge on high throughput genotyping such as KASP/TaqMan is preferred.

  • Good understanding on Plant genomics.

  • 3+ years of experience in the industry is highly desirable.

  • Proactive, self-motivated and self-driven person with high accountability.

  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication and managerial skills


Adaptability & Resilience: Recognizes and is open to changing circumstances and alters behavior and scales up as necessary; increases personal awareness and appreciation of individual and cultural differences to create an open, inclusive, and accepting workplace.

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Has a creative mindset and ability to think holistically, takes calculated risks and maximizes opportunities.

Results Orientations: Takes action, pursues goals with persistence and achieves results; communicates goals and vision to the team to drive enthusiasm and ambition.

Execution Excellence: Enhances the speed of execution and builds efficiency in processes, systems and people; has sharp focus on quality-orientation.

Strategic Orientation: Demonstrates knowledge of the social, economic, and environmental factors and how they impact the business. Identifies key issues that could impact the business and develops strategy through an analytical lens / design thinking.

Building Teams and Talent: Empowers colleagues through knowledge sharing and delegation, quickly establishing rapport; provides recognition for achievements and accomplishments.

Customer Centricity: Understands the customer needs and pain points, fulfills the needs and expectations by focusing on creating value for customers


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