Research Technician - Valent BioSciences LLC

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Libertyville, IL

Job Description

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Job Overview:

About Us: 

Valent BioSciences LLC is a worldwide leader in the research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products for the agriculture, public health, and forestry markets. We have more than 60 years of experience bringing biorational products to market, and our products are used in sustainable operations in 95 countries around the world. Biorational products maximize plant quality, productivity, and sustainability.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical, Valent BioSciences LLC operates with the Sumitomo Spirit mindset, which means to benefit both self and others, recognizing that private and public interests are one and the same. It’s about contributing to society, as well as making a profit.

Description of Job: Valent BioSciences is seeking a Research Technician to join its newly formed Synthetic Biology department and contribute to efficient operation of research & development activities within this group. The research technician will bear responsibility for general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment and inventory. The candidate will work alongside junior and senior research scientists to maintain an expanding research operation.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Conduct all work in strict compliance with applicable safety requirements, containment requirements, standard operating practices, and/or guidelines.
  • Perform routine laboratory maintenance duties including sanitization and sterilization of glassware, consumables, and reusables.
  • Prepare liquid and solid media for downstream applications including small scale fermentations and routine molecular biology and microbiology workflows.
  • Responsible for digital inventory system, purchase and stocking of supplies including media, enzymes, chemicals, consumables and all other lab materials in routine use.
  • Execute standard protocols and conduct basic experiments.

Required skills/experience:

  • Passion for the expanding field of synthetic biology, especially as it relates to the development of novel products and sustainable solutions.
  • Familiarity with microbial cultivation of E. coli and other hosts using aseptic or sterile technique as well as nucleic acid handling, manipulation and quantification.
  • Basic understanding of molecular and cellular biology.
  • Communication, listening and organization are strengths.
  • Proficient in Microsoft and cloud-based applications.
  • Works well independently and as part of a dynamic team.
  • Will foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Education: AS/BS in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry or related discipline with 6+ months of laboratory experience.

Location: Global business headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois.

Travel: No travel will be required.

What We Offer:

You’ll enjoy competitive compensation, consisting of base pay plus an incentive program available to all full-time employees, and a comprehensive benefits package including high-quality healthcare options, 401k matching, life and disability insurance, generous time off (with time off to volunteer) and much more! Additionally, we offer several Flexible Work Arrangements to support a healthy work-life balance.

We work together to power our sustainable future. Here's what drives us: Valent BioSciences, LLC has a strong commitment to both sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In fact, being a responsible corporate citizen has been ingrained in our culture since the company’s founding. Today, it remains at the forefront of everything we do.

  • Valent BioSciences LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and/or identity, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, disabilities, or protected veteran status.