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Team Lead - Crop Analytics

Company: BASF
Location: Durham
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

Where the Chemistry Happens Our team is searching for a Team Leader to work at our Morrisville, NC site who will be part of BASF's Crop Analytics global laboratory network which provides high throughput molecular diagnostics for quality control and product development purposes to our field crop businesses.As a Team Lead, you will have the opportunity to join a fast-paced high throughput laboratory environment and leverage your leadership experience, molecular analytics expertise, technical aptitude, and problem-solving skills to direct fluorescence-based PCR analytics in support of our Cotton and Soybean requestors. A desirable candidate will have firsthand experience leading a diverse team in a deadline-driven laboratory environment and possess both strong technical knowledge and the proactive communication and project management skills necessary to ensure success.As a Team Lead you create chemistry by - Prioritizing, scheduling, directing, and approving routine high-throughput DNA-based analyses of agricultural samples using fluorescence-based PCR and Next-generation sequencing to meet complex and variable customers objectives and timelines.- Leading planning discussions with a subset of our lab customers and translating their needs into actionable analytical testing strategies using your firsthand knowledge of quality control detection methods and their application in high throughput routine environments.- Communicating openly with other team leads to maintain a collective understanding of ongoing lab activities to help ensure that all lab requests are effectively prioritized between teams, analytical platforms, and requestors. Working proactively to maintain existing lab infrastructure and advanced instrumentation including robotics.- Directly coaching and developing 2-4 direct reports including establishing yearly objectives, monitoring progress and completing merit planning activities.Working within a broader team of scientists in a dynamic and fast-paced laboratory environment to ensure completion of routine analytical requests. Flexibility will be essential as you proactively adapt your routine to ensure completion of the daily, weekly, and monthly workload within your area of responsibility.- Applying your excellent knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of molecular analysis including DNA extraction, PCR, Real-time PCR (Qualitative and quantitative) and allelic discrimination/SNP genotyping to optimize analytical workflows, validate new methods and techniques, and improve existing digital tools and data curation to support scalable analytics. Your formula for success Master's degree or PhD in Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology and 6 or more years' related experience in DNA based molecular diagnostics, or a Bachelor's degree and 8 or more years' related experience in DNA based molecular diagnostics. Formal training in plant science, agronomy or agricultural biotechnology preferred. Expert understanding of the technical aspects of DNA isolation, PCR, Real time PCR and allelic discrimination/SNP genotyping and their practical application for diagnostic purposes across the agricultural biotechnology development processes, including management of genetically modified field crops. First-hand experience optimizing DNA extraction and fluorescence-based PCR analytics of plant matrices. Familiarity with the selection, operation, optimization, and maintenance of analytical software and hardware platforms including high throughput robotics and lab automation. Knowledge of Six Sigma and/or Agile approaches for process improvement and operational excellence preferred. Demonstrated ability to expedite routine analytical projects and deliver data to customers while ensuring external deadlines and internal KPIs are met. Ability to develop robust analytical testing strategies and manage project timelines and resourcing within a lab. Prior experience leading a team and working with HR for recruitment and development/coaching of team members. Able to develop and implement technical training for laboratory and support staff. Prior experience maintaining a workplace that is compliant with safety, biosafety, stewardship and QMS guidelines. Direct experience authoring and reviewing QMS documentation and familiarity with documenting deviations and the RCA/CAPA process. Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and on global virtual teams to achieve strategic objectives. Superior verbal and written communication skills to proactively interact with a diverse global customer base and successfully capture and relay essential information. Experience working with a Lab Information Management system, specialized data analysis software, sample tracking databases and strong computer proficiency with Microsoft office applications preferred.

At BASF you get more than just compensation, Medical & Dental. Our total offer includes a wide range of elements you need to be your best in every stage of your life. That's what we call Our Periodic Table of Benefits includes some additional perks below for starters Flexible Work Arrangements whenever possible Retirement Benefits Maternity/Paternity Leave, Infertility & Adoption reimbursement Mentoring & Development Programs Employee Discounts Pet insurance Matching Donations to your favorite cause Access to our BASF Wine Cellar What are you waiting for? Click Apply now to BASF takes security & data privacy very seriously. Will we never request personal or financial information of any kind via e-mail, private text message or direct message on any social media platform or job board. If you have experienced any of the above, please contact to report fraud.Job Type: Full-time

Ability to commute/relocate: Durham, NC 27709: Reliably commute or willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (Required)Application Question(s): Do you have prior experience leading a team and working with HR for recruitment and development/coaching of team members?Experience: DNA based molecular diagnostics: 5 years (Required)

Work Location: In person

Keywords: BASF, Durham , Team Lead - Crop Analytics, Other , Durham, North Carolina

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