JOB SUMMARY: Goals of assigned program are determined by the Plant Breeder, Product Manager and Director of Research. The plant breeder is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating research and development activities necessary to achieve the goals. Basic mission of this position is to develop or encourage the development of state-of-the-art proprietary products for Sakata Seed America.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*:

  • Develop, maintain, and improve hybrid varieties for domestic and international markets.
  • Coordinate and place trials in major market areas and travel to these areas for evaluation of entries.
  • Manage the breeding program using the company plant breeding database for all aspects of plant breeding such as recording passport data for germplasm accessions, selection nurseries, crossing blocks, hybrid trials, and data analysis.
  • Advance hybrids via the Nomination Portal.  Write descriptions of varieties in Nomination Portal.  Fulfill requirements for variety advancement through documentation of performance, documentation of resistance, and completion of required breeder’s seed.
  • Provide summarized results or Proving Data in Nomination Portal.
  • On assigned species, assist in preparing market analysis and product profiles for product introduction and customer support. Work with Sales Department and/or Product Manager in designing and evaluating trials of advancing experimental varieties.
  • Planning crossing blocks, cages, nurseries, and field trials, managing field selection and evaluation of assigned species.
  • Design breeding strategies and maintain breeding lines, including the collection and incorporation of new germplasm. Screen and select horticulturally acceptable and disease resistant material from breeding nurseries, laboratory and field screens.
  • Provide Production department with required amount of Breeder’s seed of parent lines of advancing hybrids along with Inbred (parent) Line Descriptions. Coordinate plant selection for production of quality stock seed. Work with plant pathology to identify and implement reliable assays and ensure production of adequate quantities of disease-free basic seed.
  • Attend selected professional conferences and seminars and maintain networks with the scientific community to stay at the technological forefront in assigned species.
  • Assist other breeding programs when necessary and/or assigned.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and maintain current and accurate records of breeding program.
  • Supervisory responsibilities for regular and temporary personnel within assigned project.
  • Interact and participate in project related efforts with Pathology, Biotechnology, Sales, Quality Assurance, and Production.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • The developed ability to select for horticultural type. Must have some knowledge of all aspects of both seed production and commercial crop production. The ability to develop and implement a vegetable breeding program.
  • The ability to organize and plan effectively and to communicate effectively with personnel within the company, the public, growers, and dealers. The ability to disseminate information either verbally or through written reports.
  • The ability to keep abreast of state-of-the-art technology relating to breeding or pathology of assigned species. The ability to lead and to motivate assistants, technicians, and part-time labor in assigned species to achieve objectives. The ability to manage resources while implementing a plan and staying on budget.
  • Ability to handle stress especially when encountering necessary projects, deadlines and/or high workload.
  • Must be able to work under strict time constraints and requirements.
  • Strong character traits required including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, and honesty.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Formal education requirement is a Ph.D. degree in plant breeding/genetics or related area. An equivalent higher professional degree can be used as requirement as long as the applicant has a record of success and performs an outstanding job.

EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND:

  • A minimum of three (3) years experience in plant breeding required.

WORKING CONDINTIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally
  • Must be able to work with California and Federally approved chemicals used in agriculture and possible irritating substances.
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment when necessary and/or required (sunscreen, hat, back belt).
  • Must be able to work under different weather conditions such as extremes of temperature (heat and cold) dampness, rain and sun exposure.
  • Must be able to work in dusty conditions.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work long and irregular hours.

*To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty (as described above) satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.   

To apply, send resume to HR@sakata.com.