Field Research Trial Specialist
Cibus
Saskatchewan
Cibus is a biotechnology company with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant’s natural gene-editing processes. This approach accelerates natural plant breeding that has been a staple of farming for thousands of years and has resulted in a rapid, versatile and low-cost way to improve nutrition, increase crop yields, and reducing waste.

The company has a worldwide presence, with subsidiaries in Europe and North America and a state-of-the-art research and development center in San Diego. Cibus has launched its first commercial product, SU Canola™, and has a pipeline to traits for canola, rice, flax, and potato. The broad applicability of Cibus’ technologies is highlighted by the company’s strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products in microbial platforms for the food, flavor and fragrance, and personal care markets.

Cibus, a leading Agricultural Biotechnology company in San Diego CA, has an immediate opening for a Field Research Trial Specialist in Product Development ideally located near Yorkton, SK. This position is tasked with managing a testing program primarily in canola but in the future expanding to other crops important to Western Canada.

REQUIREMENTS:
The ideal candidate will have a B.Sc. or relevant years of experience in one of the agricultural sciences such as Agronomy, Plant Science, Plant Breeding & Genetics, or related. Prior industry experience in canola breeding or research, including knowledge of small plot field testing, is required.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Establish and manage all resources necessary to successfully conduct field trials, including staffing, equipment procurement and maintenance, inventory management and field site selection.
Establish canola yield and trait evaluation trial sites at various locations across the Canadian prairies.
Manage and execute all activities to deliver high quality data for both yield and trait evaluation trials for statistical analysis and selection.
Manage field locations from pre-seeding to post-harvest activities, including site selection, preparation, pest & stress diagnosis and management, and pollination and isolation management as it relates to canola agronomy and breeding.
Conduct trials in a way to support all Quality Management Systems and Environmental, Health and Safety policies.
Assist with site development, management and evaluation of disease nursery trials.
Monitor and evaluate other research trials associated with breeding program and run through third party cooperators.
Establish and maintain industry presence and ensure that Cibus is up to date on current industry activities by participating in meetings and establishing contacts with external parties.
Supervise assigned full time and/or contract employees.

QUALIFICATIONS:
B.Sc. Degree or relevant years of experience in Agronomy, Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics, or a related field.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
Experience and familiarity with research equipment procurement and maintenance.
Experience with field testing site selection to enable establishment of successful, uniform plots which meet plant breeding and trait screening objectives.
Knowledge of statistical analysis and experimental design principles.
Experience with Agrobase relational database a plus.
Strong organizational and motivational skills, accurate record keeping, and attention to detail.
Competent in troubleshooting farm and small plot research equipment and resources.
Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team.
Demonstrated ability to educate and supervise temporary employees for successful trialing program.
Familiarity with basic genetics or breeding concepts, canola botany, canola pollen flow, and canola genetic purity.
Strong foundation in following SOPs. Able to develop SOPs and perform troubleshooting on procedures.
Must be able to work flexible hours as required.
Ability to work outside under various weather & field conditions, as well as, tolerate dust and canola pollen.
Valid class 5 driver’s license and driver’s abstract required.
Experience loading and towing small plot equipment.
Ability to travel to Northern U.S.
Ability to adapt to changes in routine to achieve objectives.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Position will require significant travel to sites throughout western Canada for the purposes of planting and maintaining Cibus internal trials, along with visiting and note-taking at cooperator trials throughout Western Canada and the Northern U.S.
Must be able to lift 20-50 lbs with or without accommodation.
Must be able to work in high temperature and humidity conditions periodically throughout the summer months.
Willing to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.
Position will require international and domestic travel.
Cibus offers competitive compensation and benefits, ongoing on-the-job training, and opportunity to expand knowledge in multiple arenas. A vehicle and mobile phone will be provided.

Cibus provides an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision, flexible spending, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave. If you enjoy working as part of a team and want to participate in this exciting research, please e-mail resume to hr@cibus.com and put down job code: PD1902.

ONLY CANDIDATES WITH WORK AUTHORIZATION IN THE U.S. ARE CONSIDERED AT THIS TIME.