Plant Transformation Facility Manager

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Associate Scientist - 3150
Pay Grade 37
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80059P
Working Title Plant Transformation Facility Manager
Advertised Employing Department Office of Biotechnology
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term three years with the possibility of renewal
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of Biotechnology at Iowa State University seeks an Associate Scientist to Manage the Plant Transformation Facility. The Office of Biotechnology facilitates and advances programs in research, education, and outreach that contribute to the goals of Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan in the area of Biotechnology.

The Manager of the Plant Transformation Facility (PTF) is responsible for production oversight for the maize, soybean, and rice plant genetic transformation services of the Iowa State University PTF, a core user- facility for ISU and non-ISU plant researchers. The incumbent manages the implementation of scientific and production aspects for multiple transgenic maize, soybean, and rice production pipelines and products, including customer communications, production research and experimental design, work flow optimization, and hiring and supervision of P&S staff and student employees needed to accomplish these tasks. The incumbent is responsible for hiring, evaluating the performance, and supervision of the four Assistant Scientists and one Research Associate for of the PTF. The incumbent oversees all internal business aspects of the facility, including budget development, participating in price (rate) structure determination for facility services, accounting, and client billing. The manager’s customer relations duties include addressing client concerns and providing consultation to clients. The incumbent’s scholarly duties include co-authoring patents; serving as co-principal investigator on researchers’ grants; and writing and co-authoring manuscripts, book chapters, and research reports for granting agencies. The incumbent is responsible for training and mentoring students and visiting scientists in transformation technology and research and for developing content, planning, and teaching plant transformation technique courses and workshops, as requested.

The successful candidate will have superior organization skills in order to manage multiple, interrelated tasks. The candidate will also possess skills to communicate and work effectively with researchers at all levels (both on- and off-campus) and equipment service personnel. They will have a meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to think autonomously, critically, and creatively. They also shall have the ability to learn new skills as the technologies advance.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Preferred Education and Experience

- Experience in plant tissue culture and transformation; specifically monocot or dicot tissue culture and transformation research and protocol development and implementation.
- Experience handling toxic and hazardous materials.
- Experience with maintenance of standard molecular biology/agronomy laboratory equipment.
- Experience which demonstrates ability to design and/or implement modifications of research equipment.
- Experience in a position of leadership.
- Experience working with clients.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

Worker Protection Safety for Agricultural Workers training required for occasional greenhouse or field oversight in absence of greenhouse manager or hourly staff. The guaranteed consideration date for this position has been extended.

Department Contact Name Jeanne Serb
Department Contact Phone
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 03/11/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience in plant tissue culture and transformation; specifically monocot or dicot tissue culture and transformation research and protocol development and implementation.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your experience handling toxic and hazardous materials.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience with maintenance of standard molecular biology/agronomy laboratory equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience which demonstrates ability to design and/or implement modifications of research equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your leadership experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Please explain your experience working with clients.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents