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Syngenta is seeking an experienced Associate Nematology Scientist. We are seeking candidates with a nematology background with experience in bioassays. Candidates must have a balanced combination of experience between nematology and bioassays or plant pathology and bioassays. This role is responsible for executing bioassays (initial focus on nematodes) at a laboratory/greenhouse level following established protocols. Actively contributing to experimental design, assessment and development of innovative bioassays in nematology and beyond (eventually also insects, disease and weed control) within the “biologicals” space, as well as for activities in AI (active ingredients) discovery and production of natural products and other origins. Generate robust (and validated) data required for stage promotions, quality control and regulatory compliance. Generate efficacy data on novel product candidates (depending on biologicals project focus); this also includes work for commercial products. Conduct above research and development work in support of all ongoing and new emerging projects and Syngenta biologicals market products.
- Executes method development; implements – conducts practical routine bioassay work for all biologicals and natural products for agricultural uses
- Self-driven, independent experimental research, however, in close cooperation/coordination with team leader and other team members to meet established project and company goals
- Maintains laboratory notebook and other records in accordance with scientific practice and company policy
- Frequently summarizes and analyzes data, peer reviews, discusses and shares with team leader(s) and other researchers
- Support creation and delivery value-added interface activities to Technology & Engineering groups to enable enhanced product development and commercial product support.
- Run new innovative bioassays according established protocols.
- Minimum 2+ years of experience working with nematodes (ideally also in other biological disciplines (e.g. disease, insect, weed control and abiotic stress management)
- Formal scientific education (min. BSc or MSc, optional PhD with no post-doctoral experience) in nematology and related subjects (biology, chemistry, etc.)
- Proficient in microscopy (ID of various plant parasitic nematodes, observations of specimens across a range of magnifications)
- Training or hands-on experience in laboratory safety and basic biological and chemical handling
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Ability to analyze technical issues, develop and execute solution/mitigation options
- Excellent, solid knowledge in nematology (e.g. in command (theoretical/practical) of all state-of-the-art methodologies) together with drive/motivation to develop new methods and practical application for R&D of nematicidal biologicals and natural products
- Solid skills/expertise in experimental design, analysis and presentation of data from conceptual to routine application phases
- Thorough knowledge of statistical data analysis
- Ability and readiness for occasional travel (national ~10%)
- All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
Employee may contribute to inventions, trade secrets, designs, other work product, including know-how, copyrights, software, innovations, solutions and other intellectual assets.
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Postdoc Position Available in Agricultural Nematology at Michigan State University
The Agricultural Nematology Laboratory (ANL) in the Department of Horticulture is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work on integrated soil health and nutrient cycling management in small fruit production systems where virus-transmitting nematodes and fungal disease complexes are major problems. The position will be available October 15, 2016. The person who fills this position will be part of a team of plant pathologists, horticulturists and extension specialists and he/she is expected to play a pivotal role. The position will be for year, with the possibility of reappointment based on satisfactory progress. Salary will be based on Michigan State University’s pay scale.
Requirements and expectations: The position requires expertise to identify all nematode trophic groups to genus/family levels using traditional morphometrics as well as analytical ability to use nematode community-based data to identify treatment-induced changes in soil ecosystems and the impact on the balance between harmful and beneficial nematodes (organisms). Experience in statistical design and analysis and in setting up and executing greenhouse on-farm field experiments is required. The position will require writing manuscripts and publishing in a timely manner.
How to apply: Interested persons should email pdf of a) an application letter, b) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, c) statement of professional goals and objectives (one page maximum), d) names and contact information of three references, and e) copies of up to three pertinent publications to Dr. Haddish Melakeberhan at email@example.com. Please put “Application for
ANL Postdoc Position-Small Fruits” in the Subject Line. Instructions for video interview will follow after initial screening. If selected, original transcripts will be required prior to employment. Applications will be accepted through September 20, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found. The successful candidate will have to successfully pass a background check which will verify social security number, examine local and state criminal records, and verify Ph. D. degree. Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
University of Florida Nematology Graduate Assistantship
A graduate student assistantship is available in Dr. Johan Desaeger’s nematology lab at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) (Department of Entomology and Nematology) for a highly motivated MSc or PhD student.
The GCREC is a state of the art research facility located in Wimauma, FL, primarily conducting research on vegetable, strawberry and ornamental crops. The focus of the nematology research at the GCREC is to study nematode biology and behavior in Florida soils, train and educate students and growers in the field of nematology, and improve nematode management options for Florida growers. The latter includes optimizing current nematode management practices, testing new chemical and biological nematicides, evaluating cultural practices (eg. cover crops, rotations) as well as exploring potential genetical approaches.
Field and lab work will be conducted at GCREC and/or in grower’s fields nearby. The student will be conducting both basic and applied research and will be expected to publish both scientific articles as well as extension publications.
The candidate should have experience with nematode identification, lab techniques and conducting assays under greenhouse and field conditions. Additional experience with plant pathology (lab techniques, coursework, etc.) and molecular techniques is preferred.
The position is open immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. A full stipend is available for four years beginning from the start date. The student will be advised by Dr. Johan Desaeger at GCREC in a newly constructed lab.
Requirements: BSc or MSc degree (nematology preferred, but any life science degree that meets the qualifications is acceptable), fluency in English.
The University of Florida houses one of the largest and most prestigious nematology programs in the world, so graduate students benefit from being trained by a wide range of expert faculty alongside a numerous and talented pool of nematology students. Pay for the assistantship is competitive and includes benefits. Contact Dr. Johan Desaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. University of Florida/IFAS is An Equal Opportunity Institution.
University of Florida Nematology Graduate Student Assistantship
A graduate student assistantship is available in Dr. Zane Grabau’s nematology lab in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. Florida’s $8 billion agricultural industry produces a wide variety of crops, but also faces a wide variety of highly damaging plant-parasitic nematodes making it one of the most important and interesting places to conduct nematology research. Lab research focuses primarily on plant-parasitic nematode management in Florida agronomic (cotton, peanuts, corn, etc.) and horticulture (fruit and vegetable) systems including strategies ranging from biocontrol to crop rotation to pesticide application. Lab research also seeks to improve nematode management through better understanding of plant-parasitic nematode ecology. Other lab research activities include investigating soil ecology through analysis of the entire nematode community. The University of Florida houses one of the largest and most prestigious nematology programs in the world, so graduate students benefit from being trained by a wide range of expert faculty alongside a numerous and talented pool of nematology students. Pay for the assistantship is competitive and includes benefits. Contact Dr. Zane Grabau at email@example.com for more information. University of Florida/IFAS is An Equal Opportunity Institution.