Senior Scientist, Plant Breeder in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 10/16/2019

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Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for a Senior Scientist, Plant Breeder who will join our Research and Development team in Marysville, OH.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with Columbus? Visit


The Senior Scientist, Plant Breeder is responsible for breeding, development, and the introduction of competitive proprietary varieties into production.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Responsible for optimizing, implementing, and overseeing all aspects of the plant breeding program including planning, organizing and executing the breeding strategy; developing and optimizing breeding designs and field trials, and overseeing all breeding databases

  • Plan and organize all yearly activities in accordance with company goals, budgets, and timelines

  • Work with internal and external teams to perform crosses, evaluations, and plant selections

  • Evaluate and improve phenotyping, chemotyping, genotyping procedures and protocols

  • Develop novel high throughput screening methods

  • Create and advance new commercial cultivars, inbred, and hybrids

  • Perform statistical analysis on large and complex data sets for variance components,etc. to optimize the breeding program

  • Identify sources of new, economically valuable traits and incorporate into breeding material using traditional cross-breeding techniques and molecular markers

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Required: PhD in plant breeding or related field, or MS with 10 + years of significant industry experience

  • Minimum 5 years of hands on experience in plant breeding (post grad)

  • In-depth working knowledge of horticulture, agronomy, genetics, pathology, quantitative statistics, physiology, and molecular genetics

  • Expertise in bioinformatics and statistical programming languages (R, SAS, etc.)

  • Proven leadership skills for partnering, communicating, and working with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams

  • Work must be conducted within very strict deadlines to achieve long term strategic objectives

  • Analyzing data generated from multiple sources in a timely fashion is critical

  • Experience with Hemp is a plus

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones)

  • Offer competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 2,400 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef-run cafe

  • 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals

  • Generous holiday and vacation days

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Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.