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BASF R&D Specialist III- Cell Biology Services in West Sacramento, California

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R&D Specialist III (1903064) – Sacramento, CA

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We are seeking a professional like you to be responsible for the effective implementation of Cell Biology protocols. In this role, you will contribute to developing, optimizing and implementing new technologies, techniques and protocols. You will also assist senior team members with developing and executing a Cell Biology innovation strategy.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Coordinate with breeding, operations and research teams to ensure the effective delivery of Cell Biology “products” ( e.g ., doubled haploids, somatic embryos, micropropagation).

  • Optimize and execute new technologies and protocols in a defined project to create added value for the departments of R&D, OPE and M&S.

  • Assist Cell Biology managers in developing project plans (including milestone definition, scheduling and resource requirements).

  • Ensure execution of Cell Biology protocols and work practices conform to global HSE, Hygiene and Stewardship policies and local laws and regulations.

  • Assist with budget and capacity planning and scheduling and communication of state of operations relative to agreed KPIs.

  • Communicate effectively with other members of project teams and the R&Dcommunity.


· BSc or MSc in plant biology, biotechnology or a related field

· BSc with 4 years of experience or MSc with 1 years of experience with plant tissue culture in an academic or industry lab

· Sound understanding of and experience with cell biology practices and protocols

· Hands on experience in areas such as DH production, micropropagation, cryopreservation and somatic embryogenesis.

· Experience working with vegetable crops such as watermelon, melon, onion and tomato in laboratory, GH and field settings.

· Experience in Experimental design, protocol development and technology transfer

· Good communication skills; comfortable working in multi-disciplinary teams

· Precise, detailed analytic approach and good project management skills

· Excellent planning, organization and execution skills

· Proficient in English

· Functional competencies: analytical thinking, interpersonal skills, solving problems, entrepreneurship

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. you@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.

For further information on Agricultural Products with BASF, please select: BASF: Create Chemistry with the Agricultural Products Division

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: G-APV/RR-Vegetable Seeds R&D Services-63022612

Title: R&D Specialist III- Cell Biology Services

Location: CA-West Sacramento

Requisition ID: 1903064