AgroScience Research Scientist in Gilbert, AZ at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 5/16/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Direct hire position with a vibrant and growing biotechnology company in east Phoenix. This position will be working Monday - Friday during the day with the possibility of working an occasional weekend shift.  It will start as soon as a well fitting candidate is identified - so apply today!

Basic Function: The Agroscience Research Scientist will design, plan and conduct plant-based trials at client’s greenhouse facility, aimed at developing and optimizing ag science products. He/She will be responsible for overseeing all data tracking for these experiments as well as statistical analysis and presentation of all relevant data and learnings. The Research Scientist will help guide the protocol design and data analysis of external field trials, as needed and will interact at a technical level with all other aspects of the Program. The Research Scientist will also take part in planning additional experiments in the plant greenhouse and laboratory. He/she will work directly with the Lead Agroscience Technician and other technicians to ensure smooth operations of all Ag Science facilities where experiments are performed. The Ag team experiments involve working with vascular plants and other safe organic materials. The associate will comply with all laboratory safety and quality standards.

Reports to: Manager, Ag Science & Molecular Ecology

Primary Responsibilities and Duties include but are not limited to:

Daily Duties

  • Oversee the design and implementation of greenhouse experiments with various crop targets
  • Conduct statistical analysis on all experiments and provide detailed reports and presentations of data and conclusions to Supervisor, Ag Science Team and larger client community.
  • Ensure proper set up and maintenance of on-site greenhouse
  • Coordinate experimental timelines with Lead Technician, Agronomist and supervisor
  • Participate in the overall planning of the client’s Agroscience work.
  • Ensure that experimental data is collected, graphed and analyzed properly in Excel and other relevant statistical software.
  • Adhere to good documentation practices while using laboratory logbooks and electronic logs on Box server.
  • Maintain and update inventory of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Perform routine maintenance and calibration of instruments and equipment to ensure quality data.
  • Maintain a clean “24-hour Audit Ready” work space at all times.
  • Comply with all job specific Standard Operating Procedures if applicable.

May perform other duties as needed or directed by the Direct Supervisor.


  • BS/MS degree in related Plant Biology field or equivalent research experience preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and various statistical software

Required Attributes:

  • Demonstrated experience with experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Highly organized and excellent proficiency with excel and other statistical software
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow directions
  • Excellent communication and data presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative environment with minimal supervision
  • Ability to train new technicians in plant-based techniques
  • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment
  • Dedication to completing tasks and adhering to a schedule

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