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Through leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet. We are currently seeking a Regualatory Scientist - Seeds Traits Safety Assessment for our Seeds Product Safety team in Durham, North Carolina based at our RTP, NC location.
Role purpose / Accountabilities
Syngenta’s Seeds Product Safety group is committed to applying world-class science and winning innovation to offer farmers safe, cost-effective solutions that address the demands of a rapidly changing world. We are looking for a regulatory scientist with expertise in human health risk assessment to join our Consumer and Environmental Safety Team. As a Regulatory Scientist in the Team, you will provide technical leadership and expertise in broader areas of life science related to human safety assessment of genetically modified GM and genome edited GE crop products. You will work with global partners and stakeholders and deliver to meet global needs.
scout scientific and technical information, review and extract those relevant to safety assessment of genes, proteins metabolites and source organisms to formulate regulatory science positions in support of the research and development of GM and GE products.
play a proactive role in identifying, solving, and managing complex technical issues or challenges in the area of human risk assessment, and contribute to the development, communication, and implementation of robust risk/issue management plans.
with a deep understanding of regulatory guidelines and data requirements, design safety assessment strategies, and plan, execute and monitor corresponding study programs and/or risk assessments to enable regulatory submissions according to project plans.
assure testing procedures meet internal Syngenta quality standards and international regulatory standards, where applicable, or are otherwise fit for purpose.
provide technical leadership via representing Seeds Product Safety as a subject matter expert and building relationships with key contacts and stakeholders internally in multi-disciplinary regional or global product development teams, and externally in industry associations; provide informal guidance to coach and mentor more junior staff
represent Syngenta in responses and/or discussions related to the safety of Syngenta’s products with regulatory authorities using strong presentation, advocacy, and negotiating skills to defend our product safety data and advance Syngenta’s positions.
take steps necessary to establish yourself externally as a credible and recognized technical expert in your field via publishing, presenting, networking with external scientists and participating in industry-wide task forces and work groups.
Critical success factors & key challenges
Ability to independently acquire necessary data/information and make good technical judgements in a timely manner Ability to gain the confidence and trust of internal stakeholders and establish oneself as a credible and recognized expert within Syngenta Ability to lead small projects and to deliver technical leadership Ability to facilitate constructive discussion and resolution of complex technical issues with strong interpersonal and influencing skills Ability to collaborate effectively and efficiently with staff at all levels within Syngenta Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to prioritize work effectively Effective scientific writing, verbal communication, organizational, and analytical skills
Critical Knowledge, experience, capabilities and qualifications
- A PhD with at least 8 years of relevant professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in life sciences such as immunology, toxicology, microbiology, molecular biology, or biochemistry is required.
- The position demands practical knowledge of regulatory science coupled with an in-depth knowledge of human and animal safety/risk assessment for chemicals or biotech products.
- Experience with developing safety data generation strategies and fit-for-purpose study design to meet regulatory data requirements for regulatory submissions is required.
- Strong capability in searching, reviewing and extracting relevant scientific information to form sound technical judgement is essential.
- Knowledge and experiences in bioinformatics analysis and data interpretation is a plus.
- A proven track record of solving difficult and complex technical problems as evidenced with a publication and presentation record is required.
- Experience as a study director or study monitor of GLP studies is desired but not required.
- Indications of singular achievement are important as well as the ability to work in high-functioning teams.
- All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
- Travel Requirements: some domestic and international travel required ≤ 10%
- An opportunity to work for a Top Employer as identified by the Science Careers 2020 Employer Survey
- Hybrid work model with optional 2-days working from home is available as well as an open vacation policy with up to 30 paid vacation days per calendar year.
What We Offer:
Full Benefit Package Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution Open Vacation Policy with a minimum of 15 days of vacation and up to 30 days with manager approval, 9 Paid Holidays Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity, and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year
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