Research Associate II - Chemistry

Ames, IA /
Lab Operations - Ames /
Full-time
Trace Genomics has developed the first analytics engine that learns as it maps the living soil. Founded in 2015 to serve the farming community, Trace Genomics helps growers maximize the value of every acre. The company is building the largest, most actionable body of soil intelligence, making thousands of growers experts on what’s underground. Working collaboratively across the agriculture ecosystem, Trace Genomics helps growers optimize costs, manage risk and protect their soil. Headquartered in Silicon Valley—led by industry veteran Dan Vradenburg and founded by two female PhDs from Stanford University—Trace Genomics is having a meaningful impact on the future of food.

Job Purpose:
      Ensure processes are developed that can easily be followed and executed to the Safety, Quality, Deliver and Cost expectations of the company, both FTE and contract employees.
Duties and Responsibilities
      Update the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) that are assigned to you to own.
      Perform high-throughput processing of soil samples (sub-sampling to chemical analysis)
      Develop assays for nutrient extraction from soil
      Evaluate new methods, assays, and analytical equipment for potential opportunities
      Safer operations
      Lower cost
      New offering for customers
      Operate analytical equipment and lab processes
      Make chemical reagents
      Own all Safety related activities that are within your area and participate with the facility related activities
      Maintain and upkeep of lab organization
      Record and report inventory volumes using batch records and cycle counts
      Investigate non-conformances and deviations in lab workflow and instrumentation
      Own all Safety related activities that are within your area and participate with the facility related activities
      Demonstrated desire to be part of a Team and wear several hats
      Other duties as needed

Qualifications:
      BS in Science, Chemistry or Biology with 2 years exp working with analytical equipment
      MS in Science, Chemistry or Biology with relevant lab experience with analytical equipment
      Phd in Science, Chemistry or Biology with relevant lab experience with analytical equipment
      Background in soil or agronomy – preferred
      Laboratory technician experience - must
      Pipetting, Microsoft office suite and google tools - must
      Experience w/operating analytical equipment (ICP, Colorimetric, etc) and/or making Chemical Reagents - must.

Working Conditions:
When working in the lab, PPE is required (lab coat, safety glasses and gloves along with closed toed leather shoes). The workdays and hours for the lab are from Monday to Friday and during the morning shift, from 8 AM to 5 PM. 

Physical Requirements:
      Must able to lift 25 lbs
      Ability to stand and sit for extended times is required.

Direct Reports:
May have responsibility to manage day to day work of contingent workers from time to time.
 
Key Personal Attributes Include
Committed to our core values: Customer-Driven, Scientific Integrity, Creative Problem Solving, Diversity & Inclusion, and Fearless Determination