Position title
Research Scientist - Trait Targeting

The Trait Targeting team at Calyxt is seeking a highly motivated and results oriented scientist to design and build approaches for gene editing. The successful candidate will work as part of a team to ensure delivery of vectors and reagents for a variety of plant gene editing methods. The responsibilities will include working with cross-functional teams (trait discovery, technology development, cell biology, trait genotyping) to drive project ideation and execution. The role will also optimize workflow and assist with experimental method development. The ideal candidate would have experience in a HTP molecular biology lab setting. Strong organizational and communication skills are necessary to coordinate multiple different projects, partners and timelines.

  • Design, build, and QC vectors and other molecular reagents for TALEN-based gene editing in a variety of crops
  • Participate in development of new product and technology concepts for gene editing in a variety of crops
  • Coordinate workflow with upstream and downstream partners
  • Continuous improvement of molecular biology processes and throughput
  • Maintain an organized and safe laboratory working environment
  • Conduct experiments according to current standard operating procedures (SOPs) and document progress in notebooks and/or LIMS
  • Write and update SOPs and training materials as required
  • PhD in molecular biology, plant genetics, biochemistry or a related field
  • Strong experience with standard molecular biology tools and techniques
  • Extensive experience designing, building, and validating vectors
  • Experience in gene editing methods and DNA repair mechanisms
  • Experience identifying and characterizing regulatory genetic elements
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Track record of creative problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment to achieve project goals
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills


Preferred qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of post-doctoral industry lab experience
  • Experience with mRNA and protein expression and purification
  • Familiarity with HTP laboratory automation equipment
  • Knowledge of plant transformation and validation systems

Please send resume and motivation letter to: clxrstt202009@calyxt.com

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Date posted
September 22, 2020
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Position: Research Scientist - Trait Targeting

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