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Kelly Services Research Associate in San Diego, California

Position Title : Breeding and Development Research Associate – Greenhouse

Location : San Diego, California

Position Type: Contract to hire

Pay : $22 per hour

Required Education : B.S. Area(s) of expertise desired: Greenhouse plant research

DESCRIPTION : Kelly is seeking motivated candidates to fulfill roles with our established partner, a biotechnology company, with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant’s natural gene-editing processes. The broad applicability of company’s technologies is highlighted by the company’s strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products. Company has an immediate opening for a Breeding and Development Research Associate – Greenhouse to help revolutionize plant breeding.

Role Responsibilities :

  • Perform all duties associated with the culture of a high quality crop in a greenhouse setting. These duties may include: planting, transplanting, watering, insect and disease control, seed processing, cross-pollinating, and establishing and monitoring optimal plant growth environments.

  • Liaise with research staff on project timelines to accomplish required program goals.

  • Troubleshoot existing processes and protocols to improve plant quality and develop new protocols when needed.

  • Assist in managing the operational requirements of greenhouse and growth room facilities and equipment for efficient functioning of all programs, including greenhouse supply inventory. • Participate in the improvement of greenhouse infrastructure as needed.

  • Support local field testing program including planting, conducting trial evaluations, and harvesting of research materials.

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

  • Familiarity of product development timelines.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Integrated Pest Management principles and practices, plant propagation and culture methods, and soil and growth media preparation.

  • Familiarity with fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Familiarity with greenhouse and growth chamber lighting and control systems.

  • Previous experience with Brassicas or cole crops in a greenhouse or research environment is a plus.

  • Familiarity with marker assisted selection strategies in breeding and population development projects is a plus.

  • Familiarity with crossing designs in a breeding program is a plus.

  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and experimental design principles is a plus.

Core Capabilities :

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with multiple levels of the organization.

  • Strong organizational and motivational skills, accurate recordkeeping, and attention to detail.

  • Able to use judgment and make recommendations for resolving problems in complex assignments.

  • Highly proficient in Excel and MS Office suite. MS Access or other database experience a plus.

  • Manage multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.

  • Strong foundation in following SOPs. Able to develop SOPs and perform troubleshooting on procedures.

  • Ability to adapt to minor changes in routine to achieve objectives.

Working Conditions :

  • Ability to work under greenhouse and field testing conditions, including: lifting, bending and tolerating high temperatures for brief periods is required.

  • Must be able to lift 20-50 lbs. with or without accommodation.

  • Must be able to work in high temperature and humidity conditions in the greenhouse and field periodically throughout the summer months.

  • Willing to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license

For immediate consideration, please email your resume in Word Document format to Mahjoba (Maji):

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