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R&D Scientist

Company: Koppert Biological Systems
Location: Howell
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Who We Are
Koppert Biological Systems is the worldwide market leader in integrated pest management and disease management. Every day, Koppert Biological Systems helps growers and farmers around the world to combat pests and diseases in a natural and sustainable way. In this way, we hope to make an active contribution to a sustainable society, with safe food in sufficient quantities to feed a rapidly growing population. Our Research & Development has frequently been the source of biological solutions, which were subsequently adopted worldwide.

Your Role
The R&D Scientist merges analytics and systematic investigation with specialized knowledge of the biology and mass production of beneficial insects to help drive successful production programs at Koppert. Working cross-functionally, you will actively contribute to the development and continuous improvement of production processes, in order to ensure efficient, cost-effective, high-quality products.
You will engage in a variety of assignments under the scope of R&D. You will be expected to perform additional tasks outside of your core responsibilities in support of other departments including Quality Assurance, Materials Planning and Logistics, and Production.

Duties and Responsibilities
- Continually develop knowledge of our products and their production to become an internal subject matter expert.
- Manage project/trial workflows and the organized documentation of experimental results from conceptualization through execution, troubleshooting, analysis, and communication of outcomes.
- Effectively translate research questions into practical, testable hypotheses.
- Independently perform hands-on bench or field work.
- Ensure the execution and timely completion of high-quality trials.
- Leverage analytics to facilitate increased understanding and improvement of production/biological systems.
- Support development of product specifications and quality metrics to deliver optimal product and process performance.
- Provide guided leadership and/or support for concurrent, independent or collaborative research projects. Successfully interact and align with various functional roles to drive project completion.
- Provide support to Quality Assurance, Materials Planning and Logistics, and Production.

Skills and Qualifications
- Demonstrated capabilities in experimental design and execution within biological/production systems.
- Applied knowledge in statistics, data/database management and data visualization.
- Ability to effectively communicate technical information to expert and non-expert stakeholders in written and verbal form.
- Effectively prioritizes workload in a timely and proactive way.

Education and Experience
- Master's degree in entomology (preferred), ecology, horticulture, animal science or related field or Bachelor's degree with three to five years of relevant experience. Ph.D. holders with a successful track record of research in entomological systems and/or product development are encouraged to apply.
- Experience using statistical software packages (i.e. Minitab, R, etc.) to analyze data sets of varying complexity.
- Experience and comfort conducting husbandry of live animals and/or rearing of insects in a laboratory setting.
- Experience and comfort conducting research in a field and/or production setting.
- Experience with PCR and other various microbial techniques.

Working Conditions
- General office environment: works at a desk in a well-lit, air-conditioned, shared space, with mild to moderate noise levels.
- General laboratory environment: works in a wet lab, containing various types of chemicals and potential hazards.
- General production/field environment: occasionally works in Production/field to facilitate trials.
- Regular exposure to common allergens associated with pollen, bumble bees, mites, and other live insects.
- Regular exposure to hot or humid conditions and outdoor weather conditions.
- Domestic/International travel occasionally required.

What We Offer
Koppert Biological Systems contributes to better health of people and the planet through our products and our people to support Global Sustainability. The working atmosphere is informal. We are a family company and closely involved with everything that happens within and outside our company. We are consistently looking at ways of improvement and continuing to invest in our employees. This has made us pioneers in the international market when it comes to biological crop protection and sustainable cultivation systems.

Comprehensive Benefits Package to include Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance, Employer funded Health Savings Account, Tuition Reimbursement, Employer 401K Match, Life Insurance, Wellness Program Initiatives, Employee Assistance Program, Volunteer Day, Koppert Gear, and Generous PTO!

Koppert Biological Systems is a veteran-friendly, Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. If you want to join a global and growing organization submit your cover letter and resume. At Koppert, we learn something every day!


Keywords: Koppert Biological Systems, Flint , R&D Scientist, Other , Howell, Michigan

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