Technician Molecular Biology



Come join us on our journey to create innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture.

Within BASF Seed and Traits R&D, molecular biology refers to the development of DNA vectors as well as to the molecular characterization of engineered plants. The Molecular Biology group aims at state-of-the-art capabilities in vector design and construction, as well as in the domains of DNA-, RNA-, and protein-based plant characterization. The group intends to achieve identification, development, and implementation of latest and novel technology, as well as being highly experienced and predictable in workflow-based operational organization towards minimal cost and timelines while ensuring required quality.

Molecular Biology is embedded in a research department that focuses on trait design, creation, and testing, and supports the transgenesis-, genome editing- and mutagenesis-based trait creation activities.

For the Molecular Biology group in our R&D Innovation Center in Gent (Belgium) we are looking for pragmatic and enthusiastic (Junior) Technicians that enjoy contributing to common goals, being part of diverse teams.

LOCATION
Ghent
COMPANY BASF
Innovation Center Gent
CONTRACT TYPE
Permanent
WORKING HOURS
Full-time

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What you can expect:

  • In this role you will be part of our Molecular Biology group and support delivering on R&D projects at a competitive cost, speed, and quality.
  • As a Technician, you will be hands-on involved in the execution and organization of research experiments and protocols related to the construction of DNA vectors, as well as related to the molecular identification and characterization of engineered plants using DNA-, RNA- and protein-based approaches. 
  • You will be involved in technology development and platform innovation as well as in workflow-based operations.
  • You will plan and execute your work independently, in alignment with the team goals set by your supervisor.
  • You will record, compile, summarize experimental data and report to your supervisor and in the relevant databases (Ceres & ELN).  
  • You will contribute to optimizing protocols and workflows and you will troubleshoot where needed. 
  • You will act as a role model with respect to ensuring compliance with the relevant company standards (Quality, Health, Safety, Environment, Biosafety, Stewardship,…).

Who you are:

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree Life Sciences (or equivalent through experience) with at least 1 year of lab experience.
  • You have good knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of (plant) molecular biology assays (e.g.: PCR, DNA extraction, sequencing techniques (Sanger & NGS), SNP analysis, qRT-PCR, ddPCR, ELISA, construction of DNA vectors, …).
  • You have hands-on experience for (some of) these assays and can contribute in optimizing the technical protocols.
  • You are accurate and technically independent.
  • You can self-assess the quality of the materials and data you produce and troubleshoot when needed.
  • You are self-organized, able to plan and organize your work on a weekly basis.
  • You have advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office).
  • Proven experience with relevant molecular biology software and with databases (including ELN) is a plus.
  • You have effective communication skills, both verbally and written in Dutch and English.
  • You are positive, enthusiastic, pragmatic and you have a get-things-done mentality. 
  • You enjoy working in a team and you demonstrate proactivity and the ability to recognize, understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others.
  • You have a creative and innovative mindset in process & efficiency improvement.
  • A strong digital mindset is a plus. 

BENEFITS

  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.

WHAT WE GIVE YOU

  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.

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