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Vector Quality Control Scientist


Durham, NC, South United States, USA



Industry Sector:


Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

Minimum Years Experience Required:




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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.


About Us


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 Vector Construction Senior Scientist to join our Pipeline Technology & Enablement program in Seeds Research to support Syngenta’s genetically modified GM and genome editing GE event generation pipeline. The role is based in our Research Triangle Park RTP site in Durham, NC. 


Role Purpose


We are looking a self-motivated, and experienced Research Scientist in molecular biology related areas to join Vector Delivery team in Seeds Research R&D. In this role, you will be responsible to perform vector QC processes and generate quality data in a timely manner to deliver vector materials for GM and GE event generation pipeline.




The role will be expected to:


  • Perform E. coli and Agrobacterium transformation with plasmid DNA using established protocols
  • Extract plasmid DNA from E coli and Agrobacterium and conduct quality control analysis like NextGen sequencing and restriction enzyme digestion
  • Perform PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis and DNA fragment purification
  • Perform sequence analysis using various public and proprietary tools
  • Ensure accurate archiving and distribution of plasmid DNA and glycerol stock to downstream team
  • Be responsible for vector information QC to ensure precise, standardized, and consistent information is documented in data system
  • Follow quality management system requirements and maintain the good records in Syngenta’s data system such as ELN
  • Being able to work independently and in a team setting to deliver exceptional results in fast-paced manner 
  • Contribute to system improvement and process optimization to increase VQC efficiency and overall capacity
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and strong troubleshooting skills to daily work
  • Communicate progress and results with functional team and projects in a timely fashion  
  • Actively collaborate within team and other functional team to develop and integrate new technologies, automation, and data analysis capability to enhance work efficiency
  • Contribute to current data process and management system enhancement and new lab information management systems development



  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field with minimum two years of working experience in molecular biology lab, or equivalent credential with minimum 8 years of working experience in molecular biology lab of agricultural biotechnology industry
  • Demonstrated working experience in molecular techniques such as plasmid DNA extraction, restriction enzyme digestion, PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis and DNA fragment purification
  • Demonstrated working experience E. coli and Agrobacterium transformation with plasmid DNA
  • Experience with NextGen sequencing sample preparation and data analysis
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills in interpreting and presenting results and data
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting ability in molecular biology lab
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in handling multi-tasks and complex projects
  • Flexibility in handling new job assignments and achieving results in a rapidly changing work environment
  • Result-oriented and great attention to details
  • Good time management skills and organizational skills
  • Effective communicator written and verbal and team player


Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience in agricultural biotechnology industry
  • Experience working with lab information management system LIMS


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

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOC


Employee Polygraph Protection Act EPPA



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Job Post Date: 06/12/22
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