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Research Associate Genome Editing (Molecular Biology)

Research Associate Genome Editing (Molecular Biology)

Field of Work:  Research & Development

St. Louis, MO, US

Legal Entity:  KWS Research Center (0053)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  12567

Join our team at the KWS Gateway Research Center where we work to strengthen our position in the global plant research community and be an integral part of the KWS network of breeding stations and research activities. We are seeking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Research Associate for our Genome Editing team on a permanent, full-time basis in St. Louis, MO, USA


What are we looking for? The Research Associate Genome Editing has multiple technical skills and can perform assignments that develop their professional work knowledge and abilities. The position demonstrates experience with molecular analysis of cellstissues, plants, and cloning, and the ability to identify problems and find solutions in the areas of expertise. The Research Associate Genome Editing will apply their knowledge and skills to make a difference in seed technology research, advance knowledge, and improve product development efficiency resulting in a competitive advantage for KWS.


Essentials job functions:

  • Conduct cloning of genes, regulatory elements, and vector components using various methods while meeting timelines and requirements for quality control and accuracy.
  • Conduct experiments in molecular characterization of plant lines – including DNA/RNA isolation and various PCR methods.
  • Maintain detailed and organized records of experimental conditionsvector analysesbacterial stocksproject data, and results.
  • Contribute to the analysis of technical data and adaption and improvement of routine methods.
  • Contribute to the design of effective workflows for specific methods within an experiment, planning individual timelines, and adapting approaches to match shifting demands.
  • Operate, maintain, and clean equipment, maintain/order supplies, and manage waste.
  • Comply with and participate in the development of work instructions that outline methods and practices to be applied.
  • Assist with mentoring of interns and assist with training.


Skills and Competences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, or equivalent; or other technical qualification with 2 years of laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with seamless cloning methods (e.g. Golden Gate, In-Fusion)
  • Demonstrated experience using PCR methods to characterize tissues and cells (e.g. qPCR, ddPCR, Sanger sequencing)
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and efficient time management.
  • Ability to communicate and write clearly, concisely, and accurately in English.
  • Ability to follow protocol, visually observe, and clearly document and maintain laboratory records to generate reproducible results.
  • Demonstrated interest in participating in new technology development striving for technical excellence through collaboration, self-improvement, and an open mind.
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States without sponsorship.


What we offer:

  • Competitive salary (salary range: $22.00 - 26.50 based on qualifications)
  • 20 days of PTO
  • 401(k) employer match and pension plan; health, dental, vision benefits
  • An international and diverse team
  • Professional training and development opportunities, tuition reimbursement


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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021/2022. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €285 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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