Assistant Traits Project Lead - Biotic Stress

Syngenta   •  

Woodland Hills, CA

Industry: Agriculture


5 - 7 years

Posted 394 days ago

 This role isresponsiblefor:

    • Providing/developing expertise in assessment of plant response to pathogens and/or pests.
    • Providing/developing expertise in standardize new screening protocols & execute.
    • Providing/developing expertise in plant disease surveys and diagnosis.
    • Supporting pathology activities in the lab and the field


    • In-charge for the specific project activity in a given crop at site.
    • Responsible for developing disease screening projects.
    • Management and execution of disease screen trials.
    • Responsible for coordinating maintenance of green house, net house, laboratory, sick plots and fields.
    • Responsible for collection, maintenance, purification & multiplication of target pathogen cultures in lab and green houses.
    • Handle diseases screen both in routine and discovery projects for assigned crops.
    • Laboratory and field works for disease identification & diagnosis and pathogenicity.
    • Visit & data recording at multi-location disease screening trials and conclude the resistant sources.
    • Responsible for maintaining federal and state plant pathogen permits.
    • Planning for judicious use of resources.
    • Potential to the people responsibility.

  Administrative & Financial Responsibilities

    • Timely reporting of work responsibility.
    • Managing technicians/lab assistants/workers for output of the results, crop cultivation, screening and etc.
    • Co-ordination with BO team, breeding team & site farm manager.
    • Cost effective work management, utilisation of available resources for maximum output, measure return on investments made, economic usage of inputs.



 Essential Skills & Knowledge

  • Experience in the vegetable industry is preferred.
  • Pathology/entomology techniques - lab & field
  • Artificial screening and plant disease assessment of germplasms & hybrids and breeding materials
  • Familiarity with databases
  • Computer basics (Microsoft  word  and  excel, power  point)
  • Good communication skills, Spanish in conversation is beneficial


  • M.S. in Plant pathology and related field with minimum of 5 to 7 year of experience or a Ph.D. in plant pathology with 1 to 2 years of experience.
  • 5 years of relevant and practical experience with disease screening and plant disease assessment of relevant vegetable crops and its execution, disease/insect resistance and management
  • Basics of Plant Pathology/Entomology; Disease resistant trait; Disease/insect symptomatology & plant response to pathogens and/or pests; Pathogen identification and laboratory techniques.
  • Experience with disease resistant traits relevant in plant breeding.