Supervised by: VP Research
Status: Full Time Position
CoverCress, Inc. (“CCI”) is an innovative startup company delivering a new climate-smart seed technology under the CoverCress™ brand. Founded in 2013, CCI is converting the common winter annual, field pennycress, using plant breeding to improve yield and maturity combined with advanced gene editing tools to improve fiber and oil composition. CoverCress seed allows corn and soybean farmers to add a new crop into their rotation on existing land during winter, while offering the ecosystem benefits of a cover crop, including improved soil health and carbon sequestration. It generates farm revenue as a whole grain feed ingredient, or when processed, as a low carbon intensity oil for renewable fuel production, and as a high-protein meal for animal feed. The St. Louis-based CCI plans a limited demonstration of the CoverCress crop in select geographies, with the goal of growing to millions of acres across the lower Midwest. If you believe you are the right fit for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume via the web form below.
We are looking for a lab technician to support the research and development team. The position is full-time and located at Bio-Research & Development Growth Park (BRDG Park) in St. Louis, MO, near the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. This role will be involved in leading and supporting documentation of gene-edited materials and routinely preparing DNA for genotyping and sequencing applications.
Depending on departmental needs, this position may have the dual responsibility of performing support tasks including DNA extraction and gel room activities, as well as performing routine genotyping including the use of robotic and manual processes for PCR setup and analysis and the scoring of data. The lab technician will also be trained to receive and process samples and will troubleshoot, track, and maintain records on sample issues and notify the team of work completion.
This position may include some occasional weekend work, but standard work is performed Monday - Friday.
Bachelor’s degree, completion of a training program or equivalent work experience in the field of biological sciences.
Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR processes, agarose gels desirable.
Strong written and oral communication skills sufficient to permit clear and effective exchange of information with people representing a wide diversity of disciplines and levels within the organization.
Proficient in working with computer software and databases such as Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment while consistently maintaining a positive and professional demeanor.