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Genomics Data Scientist - Raleigh, North Carolina

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Job Title: Genomics Data Scientist - Raleigh, North Carolina
Location: Raleigh, NC, South United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology
Career Type: Scientist
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive
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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanitys most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

At Syngenta, we are working to build the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture that provides leading seeds innovations to enhance the prosperity of farmers. We are seeking a Genomics Data Scientist who will lead the development of the next generation of functional genomics methodologies and analytics that translate genomic data into biological understanding towards trait design for crop enhancement. This includes developing genomics approaches and analytical solutions from conceptualization through implementation in a research oriented, fast paced and data rich environment.


  • Focus on research and prototype level development of analytics that evolve standard functional genomics towards a systems genomics approach for predictive and prescriptive trait lead discovery

  • Bring a data science perspective to problem definition, experimental design and algorithm evaluation for trait discovery

  • Handle large and disparate data sets in both structured and unstructured formats broadly related to functional genomics

  • Take a leading role in guiding colleagues toward continuously improving computational capabilities and stepping up leadership toward digital fluency as part of a sustained digital transformation initiative

  • Communicate results at the appropriate level (i.e. in technical terms to peers and as business recommendations to decision makers)



  • PhD in a computational biology background bioinformatics, genomics, molecular biology, genetics, modelling, statistics, applied mathematics, data science with domain expertise in functional genomics and trait discovery is preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in developing advanced analytical approaches Statistical / Bioinformatic / Data Science in an applied agricultural research setting is a plus

  • Genomics domain expertise is required with familiarity preferred in one or more trait Disease Resistance, Insect Resistance, Agronomic Traits, Quality Traits and crop corn, soy areas

  • Direct experience analyzing multiple genomic and genetic datasets such as: multiple genomes, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, epigenome, trait associations, allelic diversity, population structure, genetic diversity and phenotypic diversity

  • Proficient in developing and applying Deep Learning / Machine Learning AI methods CNN, NLP, Clustering, RF, SVM etc. to functional genomic based approaches for trait discovery. Including familiarity with visualization Tableau, QlikView, Spark, Kafka etc. and MLOps best practices with data fusion experience preferred

  • Proficient in common suite of Decision Science programming languages Python, R, Scala and Deep Learning frameworks TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, Spark, scikit learn, XGBoost, etc.

  • Familiarity working with cloud computing technologies and conducting experiments on cloud--based datasets e.g. Databricks, AWS EMR, AWS S3, Docker, KubeFlow, etc.

  • Demonstrated success in leading a complex results-oriented research program requiring scientific creativity, innovative thinking, organization & collaborative skills.

  • Proven leadership skills influencing and working with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams

  • Individual must be authorized to work in the United States for Syngenta without work authorization sponsorship now or in the future

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
What We Offer:

  • Full Benefit Package Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do

  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution

  • Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others

  • A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Job Post Date: 09/13/20
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