Tissue Culture Specialist at Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Posted in General Business 12 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Thousand Oaks, California

Job Description:

Join Land O'Lakes, Inc., and help us bring food from farmer to fork, building vibrant communities along the way. We're a global, Fortune 250 company and a farmer-owned cooperative, which means we work for one another-not Wall Street. We're proud to rank a Top Workplace. We offer:

  • Competitive compensation and rewards

  • Best-in-class healthcare for you and your family

  • Powerful savings programs

  • Training and career progression

Tissue Culture Specialist

Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Land O'Lakes, has led the forage industry with innovative genetic discoveries, variety developments and cutting-edge product introductions. Our relentless drive for improved forage production is behind our unprecedented advancements. As the industry's leading provider of forage solutions, we breed, develop and produce premier alfalfa seed. Our highly experienced team develops and delivers industry-leading forage products for farmers worldwide, to meet the world's forage needs now and in the future.

We are currently searching for a Tissue Culture Specialist to support the current needs for tissue culture and plant transformation which includes;

  • Excellent aseptic technique for explant preparation and handling of tissue culture materials

  • Excellent skills to accurately perform and assist in the development and deployment of plant transformation protocols

  • Preparation of complex plant tissue culture media

  • Basic plant growth/care in greenhouse

  • Efficient and comprehensive communications among team members

Key responsibilities:

  • Help and learn to isolate and maintain proper tissues from plants and prepare samples for the team. This activity requires excellent aseptic skills/experiences in clean bench and lab in general.

  • Help and learn to produce transgenic plants. This activity requires excellent hands-on skills to accurately perform transformation protocols.

  • Prepare tissue culture media. This activity requires ability to follow complex standard operating procedures accurately

  • Maintain germplasm and grow/provide enough new healthy explants such as young leaves to the tissue culture team.This activity includes greenhouse activity

  • Candidate should be able to perform as a cooperative team member and demonstrate clear and efficient communication skills with all members included. Bi-weekly and monthly activity summary will be presented among team members

Required Experience/Knowledge:

  • Excellent aseptic skills in clean bench and lab is essential and required with 3-5 years related work experience

  • Understanding and experiences in plant genetics plant physiology and basic chemistry are necessary

  • Candidate should expect and dedicate 5+ hours of bench work in lab/clean bench daily basis

  • Candidate will perform 1 hour of greenhouse work daily, which includes planting, plant care and watering

  • Occasional lifting of 40-50 lbs. bags of soils is expected

Preferred Experience/Knowledge:

  • Master's degree or bachelor's degree plus 3+ years experiences in plant biology or relevant fields are preferable

  • Specific project-based experiences in plant genetics, tissue culture and experience with monocot and dicot plant transformation systems would be highly preferable

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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