Research Technician

Job Locations US-WI-Windsor
Job ID
2021-3067
Category
Research
Position Type
Full Time
Reports To
Research Supervisor

Business Overview

Genus is a global FTSE 250 company, headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange.  With revenues of around £500 million, Genus has a presence in over 70 countries, with a global workforce of approximately 3,200 employees.  One of the best performing stocks on the London Stock Exchange, the Company’s market capitalization is around £2 billion.  It is a worldwide leader in porcine and bovine animal genetics, partnering with farmers to transform how we nourish the world – a mission that is important to a sustainable future. 

Each generation of animals is selected based on a number of desired traits, including greater health, fertility, productivity or feed efficiency. With superior animal genetics, Genus helps its customers in the dairy, beef and porcine supply chains around the world produce offspring with improved robustness, superior production efficiency and greater sustainability. Genus’s vision of “pioneering animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world” is supported by its core values to be customer-centric, results-driven, pioneering, people-focused and responsible. 

Genus is an agricultural biotechnology pioneer. At the core of its accelerated rates of genetic improvement is a proprietary technology platform. Genus focuses its research and development through four routes, all of which may be applied across species, but currently the Company’s focus remains on the bovine and porcine species:  

  • genomic selection (the analysis of the genome and selection of traits important to commercial producers for sustainable production); 
  • biosystems engineering (delivering genetics through technology solutions, such as our pioneering sexed semen technology); 
  • gene editing (precise editing of the genome, in which DNA can be deleted); and, advanced reproductive technologies (embryology and related technology). 

Role Overview

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Research Technician will assist in developing flow cytometry and cell handling processes from concept through transfer of the validated protocols to a commercial product.  The Research Technician will execute experiments centered around custom cell sexing cytometry technology, analyze data, and present summarized results.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work as a cohesive part of the research and development team to design, develop, and improve new technologies and biological techniques surrounding semen handling, sexing, and cryopreservation
  • Conduct experiments following protocols and test plans provided or through own design
  • Perform a variety of biological, engineering, and software testing in a timely manner both with groups and individually
  • Set up, operate, troubleshoot, and monitor semi-automated cytometers used for sexing semen
  • Effectively communicate experimental results in both informal and formal meetings
  • Maintain accurate and specific experimental records and perform data analysis
  • Promote and maintain clean, organized work areas, including cleaning and maintaining laboratory supplies
  • Willingness to perform non-routine tasks as needed to ensure high team productivity
  • Consistently contribute and communicate efficient and productive ways to improve lab tasks

Requirements

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physical, life, or biological sciences OR associates degree in a science or technology related field with 2+ years of laboratory experience
  • Ability to remain productive, organized, and flexible in a fluid and fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated experience as a self-starter and fast learner both independently and with a team
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, or physiology
  • Experience in cell-based assays, flow cytometry, DNA extraction, PCR, or microscopy

  

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work at a laboratory bench for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work with hazardous materials (e.g. chemicals, electrical equipment)
  • Ability to use computers in an interactive manner for extended periods of time
  • Ability to use standard laboratory protective equipment (e.g. goggles, lab coat, gloves)
  • Ability to lift 50 lb. occasionally

Capabilities and behaviors:

Ownership/Accountability: Defines experimental plans and executes those plans with a focus on accuracy, organization, scope, and uses cases.

Collaboration: Develops and sustains relationships with the Genome Sciences group and with business partners to ensure the organization is positively impacted and peers are valued. 

Expands expertise: Genomics as a discipline is very quickly evolving. Strong focus on adapting to changing technology landscape and engagement with ever-changing project space.

Innovative: Embraces a curious and creative mindset to ensure project work is evaluated in a holistic fashion. Embraces failures a method to learn new ideas and approaches where no set path may exist.

Alignment with business partners: Strong focus on business-critical projects and shifting organizational directions.

Inclusive mindset Works well with a diverse group of individuals and orients self around common goals and purposes to create a truly inclusive space. 

Equal Employment Opportunities

Genus is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Genus prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Genus conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

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