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Cell/Molecular Scientist

22nd Century Group, Inc.

This is a Contract position in Columbia, SC posted May 18, 2022.

About 22nd Century Group, Inc.22nd Century Group, Inc.

(Nasdaq: XXII) is a leading agricultural biotechnology company focused on tobacco harm reduction, reduced nicotine tobacco and improving health and wellness through plant science.

With dozens of patents allowing it to control nicotine biosynthesis in the tobacco plant, the Company has developed proprietary reduced nicotine content (RNC) tobacco plants and cigarettes, which have become the cornerstone of the FDA’s Comprehensive Plan to address the widespread death and disease caused by smoking.

The Company received the first and only FDA MRTP authorization of a combustible cigarette in December 2021.

In tobacco, hemp/cannabis, and hop plants, 22nd Century uses modern plant breeding technologies, including genetic engineering, gene-editing, and molecular breeding to deliver solutions for the life science and consumer products industries by creating new, proprietary plants with optimized alkaloid and flavonoid profiles as well as improved yields and valuable agronomic traits.POSITION TITLE: Cell/Molecular ScientistREPORTS TO: R& D Biotech Senior ManagerPOSITION SUMMARY:The scientist is accountable for identifying, developing, and implementing state-of-the-art technical approaches and solutions to optimally support a quick, flexible, and competitive product or technology development for new plant varieties and products or to improve commercial traits.

This position will have advanced knowledge in plant research, gene-editing technology, and tissue cultures.

The incumbent will keep up to date with relevant literature and IP landscapes and close collaboration with our Biotech leader to proactively drive innovation and identify new opportunities/projects (technology push) to improve or develop commercial products or solutions.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Drive creativity and scientific/technological innovation in their area of expertise.Actively mine for new developments and emerging technologies in molecular and plant transformation.Have a good understanding of strategies and processes to attain IP; monitor and keep abreast with the relevant IP landscape.Develop proposals to obtain FTO or find and implement viable workarounds where necessary and proactively secure meaningful IP.Develop and optimize crop plant transformation protocols across multiple species.Help establish high-throughput transformation pipelines for the delivery of transformed and gene-edited plants.Actively participate in international scientific conferences, expert meetings (e.G.

speaker), workshops, and peer groups.Support team goals, prioritize duties to complete in an efficient manner, adapt approaches to match shifting demands.In cooperation with the supervisor and other members of R& D, determine new opportunities.Maintain best practices for data analysis, experimental method development, optimize work processes, and documentation.Proactively identify problems and propose/support solutions.


or equivalent qualification in bioscience or one of the disciplines.2 years experience in crop sciences, plant biotechnology, bioinformatics, and functional genomics either in academia or industry.Considerable experience in transformation and DNA delivery methods, plan tissue culture regeneration of intact plants, single-cell, and tissue cultures, micropropagation, somatic embryogenesis.Demonstrated qualities to innovate and execute scientific investigations or technological tasks with precision and sharp attention to detail.Experience in molecular biology and gene editing technologies.Strong analytical skills regarding the technology itself as well as the analysis in view of potential implementation (economic parameters).Demonstrated examples of direct contribution to problem-solving to overcome obstacles.Ability to communicate clearly and convincingly to various scientific and non-scientific peers and managers in English.Must have a permit to work in the USA.