Monsanto is seeking a highly motivated Plant Reproductive Biologist Co-op to join a multi-disciplinary research team in the Global Breeding Technology Solutions organization. As part of Monsanto, you will be expected to bring key innovative ideas into practice. You will also have access to diverse expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, which will enable you to gain superior on-the-job development to grow professionally and impact agriculture on a global scale. This role requires a six (6) month commitment. Please apply only if you are certain of your willingness and ability to commit to the full duration of the assignment (January-June of 2018). Responsibilities: •Design, conduct and analyze experiments to better understand/characterize the physiological and developmental response of crop plants to various treatments aiming to improve plant performance and to drive the discovery, development and deployment of novel technologies •Dissect and manipulate plant reproductive mechanism to enable new breeding method development, such as improving plant crossing success and germline genetic manipulation •Work collaboratively and interact with scientists across breeding, biotechnology, Ag Product Innovation and process engineering to develop new concepts
Required: •Current enrollment in a PhD degree program pursuing one of the following: Plant Developmental Biology, Plant Physiology, Plant Cell Biology, Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Biochemistry or related field of study •3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale •Must be returning to school to complete program of study upon completion of co-op term •Detail-oriented, having strong analytical and trouble shooting skills and a demonstrated ability to properly interpret research results and quickly set new directions •Effective communication skills, being able to connect with stakeholders to initiate new projects and with experts to bring innovative solutions •Result-orientation, having the ability to drive projects from conception to completion •Demonstrated drive to make an impact in agriculture, demonstrated ability to innovate, collaborate and work effectively in fast-paced team-oriented environment
Preferred: •Experience working in laboratory, GH and field environments •Research experience in assay development and system improvement related to improve plant performance and understand the biological mechanisms of plant and environment interaction •Experience working with row crop such as corn and soybean •Experience with patent search and writing patent applications •Strong publication or patent records in plant development and plant physiology areas
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We are focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We a...lso produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.