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Research Associate with Valent BioSciences Corporation in Long Grove, IL

Type of position Full time career
Employer Valent BioSciences Corporation
Description of Employer Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC) the Global leader in the research, development and commercialization of highly effective low-risk, environmentally compatible technologies and biorational products for the agricultural, public health, and forestry industries is expanding.
Located just outside of Chicago, IL, Valent BioSciences Corporation prides itself in its global research and development center, best-in-class reputation and exceptional customer satisfaction earned through the highest quality and consistent field performance of its products. VBC is currently looking for talented people who share our passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for people worldwide.
Our exciting recent acquisition of Mycorrhizal Applications LLC (MA), the world’s largest producer of mycorrhizal fungal inoculum, adds another strategic platform to VBC’s rapidly expanding global biorational business, providing additional tools for the Biorational Window platform being developed with its parent, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (SCC)
Visit our website and take a tour of our new state of the art biorational manufacturing facility in Osage, IA. Unveiled in June, 2014, the Osage Plant is the first purpose-built biorational manufacturing facility in the world, creating more than 80 high-tech jobs in the Heartland of America. Our new facility is an exciting indicator of a company on a clear growth path.
VBC is seeking top talent for key roles in our dynamic organization! If this position aligns with your skill set and interests, please send your resume to: careers@valentbiosciences.com
To learn more, please visit us at www.valentbiosciences.com
Location Long Grove, IL
Description of Location Located just outside of Chicago, IL, Valent BioSciences Corporation prides itself in its global research and development center.
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Benefits Competitive and generous
Closing date of competition When position is filled
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties

Description of Job: Conduct laboratory, growth chamber, greenhouse and field experiments in a soil and plant science research program directed towards the discovery and development of biorational products promoting plant growth and health.

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in developing novel as well as routine test methods for soil microbiology/plant root/rhizosphere research.
  • Implement, maintain and complete high quality scientific experiments.
  • Assist in assessing and characterizing biological effects of beneficial microbes that promote plant health and growth.
  • Grow and maintain test plants and experimental microbial cultures.
  • Assist in providing scientific information to support marketing, formulations, and product development as needed.


Qualifications sought


  • 2 or more years of hands-on laboratory research experience working with plant material is required
  • Know-how to grow high quality plants in controlled environments is preferred
  • Experience in working with bacterial and fungal cultures is preferred.
  • Familiarity with soil microbiology and associated investigative techniques is a plus.
  • Field research experience (e.g., experimental design, data collection) is a plus.




  • Must be a self-starter and able to work independently in conducting high quality research work.
  • Must be careful, detailed and observant in conducting research studies.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must work well as part of a team; willing to help others while still completing personal workload responsibilities.
  • Working familiarity with experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Routine use of MS software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).




  • BS. or M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences, Agronomy, Horticulture, Biology, Microbiology, Botany, Plant Pathology, Ecology or related field.
Application procedure  
Submit what Cover letter with resume or cv
Submit to Email: careers@valentbiosciences.com
Fax # 925-817-5159
Additional Information Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V
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