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Sr. Research Associate Cell-based Technologies (Cellular Tissue Culture)

Sr. Research Associate Cell-based Technologies (Cellular Tissue Culture)

Field of Work:  Research & Development
Plant Tissue Culture

St. Louis, MO, US

Legal Entity:  KWS Research Center (0053)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  12228

Join our team at the KWS Gateway Research Center (GRC) where we innovate and create solutions for our breeding units across our KWS network will strengthen our position in the global plant research community. We are seeking to hire a Senior Research Associate for our New Cell-based Technology team on a permanent, full-time basis in St. Louis, MO, USA


Who you are:

As a Sr. Research Associate, you utilize your multiple technical skills in cellular tissue culture and perform assignments that develop your professional work knowledge and abilities. You demonstrate your experience with plant cell biology and plant biotechnology, and exceptional skills in plant tissue/cell culture and regeneration, and genetic transformationYou identify problems and find solutions in the areas of expertise. Through your knowledge and skills, you make a difference in seed technology research, advancing knowledge, and improving product development efficiency resulting in a competitive advantage for KWS.


What you do:

  • Conduct experiments consisting of several methods or practices according to protocol with accuracy while meeting requirements.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed, timely, and organized records of experimental conditions, data, and results.
  • Contribute to analysis of technical data and adaption of routine methods according to assignment needs.
  • Optimize specific work processes as needed for specific methods and practices by assisting in the identification of problems and providing input on potential solutions.
  • Design effective workflows for specific methods within an experiment, planning individual timelines, and adapting approaches to match shifting demands in close collaboration with the supervisor.
  • Operate, maintain and clean equipment, maintain and/or order supplies, and manage waste.
  • Demonstrate leadership to build effective partnerships on technical programs and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Comply with and participate in the development of work instructions that outline methods and practices to be applied.


Your Skills and Competences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, or equivalent; or other technical qualification with 2 years of laboratory experience.
  • 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 (between 55,000 and $65,000 based on qualifications)
  • 20 days of PTO
  • 401(k) with employer match and a 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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