We’re Hiring: Research Scientist

Title:                                  Research Scientist

Location:                           Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Reports to:                         Research Director

Status:                                 Full Time        

MISSION STATEMENT

Leading the market with Arctic® branded fruit products that consistently deliver exceptional eating experience to consumers through transparent stakeholder outreach, communication and innovative science.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Scientist is highly motivated and multi-disciplined with exceptional molecular biology and analytical skills. The Research Scientist is responsible for project planning as well as development and execution of experiments leading to the creation of novel traits in plants. This includes product conceptualization, vector design and construction, developing methodology for and executing molecular biology for improvement of plant transformation efficiency, and for identification and molecular characterization of genetically modified plants to enable Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ Research and Development activities in Saskatoon. Reporting directly to the Research Director, this position will direct and execute independent projects within the Research and Development Team and interface with colleagues in Marketing and Commercialization group and external partners to support the Company’s overall goals. The Research Scientist will also work closely with the Laboratory Manager or other OSF employees assigned such authority, who will coordinate all resources required for project success.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Be a key member of the research team supporting OSF’s new product development goals by:

  • Seeking Knowledge through routine review of scientific literature, including topics such as gene-editing, plant transformation, somatic embryogenesis, methylation or others related to genetic engineering of improved plants species to identify new techniques and strategies to enable OSF to develop improved, minimally impacted fruit tree cultivars (i.e. apple, cherry). Helping to prepare and maintain a database of scientific literature guiding and supporting our research approach. Continuously improving skills related to work and update knowledge and techniques by participating webinars, conferences, workshops, courses and group discussions. 
  • Contributing to Research Direction by participating in informal discussions or formal planning sessions (i.e. annual planning) with the Research Director, staff members or non-OSF collaborators identified under non-disclosure agreements to improve product design. Preparing for planning sessions including preparation of concise, referenced written arguments for new strategies, review and Socratic discussion of the benefits of these strategies with the session participants. Contributing to bioinformatics analysis pipeline. Contributing to regulatory concerns and industry and stakeholder matters as they arise.
  • Conducting Experiments in support of the research and development group including routine screening of putative transgenic events, design and development of vectors and plasmids expressing novel traits and design and development of unique molecular biology strategies to improve our transformation system (i.e. suppression of methylation or recombinase-mediated cassette exchange, etc.).
  • Reporting and Communicating Clearly by maintaining accurate and timely documentation of laboratory work including the preparation of lab reports and sharing results (verbal or written) with relevant stakeholders (staff, management or external collaborators) with a level of detail sufficient for the intended audience to perform their duties. Capturing value in a commercial setting may include the development of standard operating procedures to describe key procedure, contributing to the development of regulatory submission or intellectual property submission and potentially the submission of articles for publication.
  • Supporting Internal Research / Product Development contributing to experimental design, statistical analysis, reporting and recommendations for field and product development.
  • Performing Other Duties as Assigned

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Ph. D from a recognized university in a field of the natural sciences related to the duties of the position, or the employer-approved alternative.
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in a product-oriented research and development laboratory.

SPECIAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Inquisitive and sharp mind; demonstrated aptitude for analyzing and interpreting data.
  • An inquisitive attitude; a high level of personal initiative; a demonstrated aptitude for analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people on different levels including colleagues and collaborators.
  • Proven writing skills; the ability to successfully write and edit professional research documents.
  • Sound organizational skills; the ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment; the ability to manage a multi-faceted workload under strict deadlines.
  • Flexible work attitude; the ability to work productively in a team environment & independently; the willingness to meet unexpected demands.
  • Ability to act with sensitivity and discretion while working with highly confidential information.
  • High-level computer skills; internet search engines, molecular biology (e.g. Geneious), statistical analysis (e.g. R, SOFA) MS Word, MS Excel.

Please submit cover letter and resume to careers@okspecialtyfruits.com. Position will remain open until suitable candidate is found.

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