Benson Hill is hiring a

Scientist I

St. Louis, United States

About Benson Hill
Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, tasty and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. This platform allows for cost-effective and more efficient ways for companies to analyze and make improvements in plant genetics. Benson Hill brings a unique and holistic approach to our product and platform development, as we span a broader workflow involving trait and seed development, genome editing, and breeding all the way to creating better ingredients and varieties that tap a strong consumer demand for more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.

Our Purpose and Core Values

Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity.

  • Be Bold!  We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Inspired! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Real! We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

Department Overview

The Bioengineering and Crop Design Department is responsible for the development of technology platforms and products designed to support the future growth, competitiveness, and long-term sustainability of the company. As part of its platform development efforts, R&D conducts a wide range of research activities, namely in the areas of trait discovery and validation, crop genetic engineering, crop transformation, molecular detection, biochemical assays, plant growth, and molecular breeding, to name a few. These activities are aimed at developing new capabilities in crop research, the outcome of which is then leveraged to create new product development opportunities and shorten the time to market. The department leverages its platform capabilities and extensive knowhow in biology and crop science, along with the computational expertise housed within the Data Science & Platform Engineering, as well as the market insights of the Business Development and Commercial teams to design and create new and improved crop varieties, which offer tangible benefits to farmers and consumers, specifically in the areas of sustainability, health and nutrition.

Position Summary

Design and execute research methodologies/activities to enable product and trait discovery. Conducts research independently and works collaboratively on assigned projects. Troubleshoot problems that occur in the pipeline and develop effective solutions; Maintain detailed and organized records of project data and other materials as needed; Contribute to scientific discussions and present outcomes to colleagues.

You Will:

  • Develop and improve plant transformation systems and transfer validated protocols to production.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate experiments to innovate, troubleshoot and drive discovery and innovation in cell biology, tissue culture and plant transformation.
  • Lead initiatives to drive intellectual property strategy for Trait Delivery and Plant Accelerator platforms.

 You Have:

Education

  • PhD. in molecular biology, plant physiology, biotechnology, plant biology or related discipline

 Experience

  • 7+ years’ experience in tissue culture and transformation
  • Strong understanding of Agrobacterium-mediated and non-Agrobacterium mediated plant transformation, transformation vectors, and genome editing
  • Expertise in tomato, soybean, and other dicots
  • Experience in somatic embryogenesis production systems
  • Experience with successful technology transfer (training, coaching, mentoring)

Software/Skillset

  • Microsoft 365, LIMS

Other

  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative, agile and innovative
  • Ability to focus and work independently with little direction
  • Experience following standard operating procedures, data quality tracking and implementation success
  • Ability to multi-task and take on new assignments as necessary in a fast-moving startup environment
  • Planning, organizing, critical thinking, and problem solving, with a demonstrated ability to efficiently execute project tasks

We have a Total Rewards Package at Benson Hill that consists of more than just your paycheck. Total Rewards at Benson Hill covers Pay (salary and bonus), Health (employer benefit contributions) and Wealth (investments). Some of the perks include:

  • A Collaborative Environment
  • A flexible PTO program with a focus on work/life balance
  • Competitive medical benefits and retirement savings plan
  • FREE Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Education reimbursement
  • PAID parental leave
  • And more….

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