Join a team of innovators on a mission to develop novel pollen collection, preservation, and application technologies needed to make major advances in agricultural production, sustainability, and profitability.  At PowerPollen®our pollination technologies are aimed at revolutionizing the sustainable production of food, feed, fuel for the future. 

Job purpose

PowerPollen® offers three (3) Post Doc Scientist positions responsible for advancing proprietary pollen management technology via basic discovery, novel innovation, and scientific publication.

Successful candidates will work within the Biology Discovery Team to advance PowerPollen® large-scale pollen management systems, with specific emphasis on:

  • Long-term pollen preservation
  • Pollen/stigma interactions
  • Pollen in anther management

Job Overview

These Post Doc Scientist opportunities are ideal for early career scientists eager to extend their knowledge base in plant reproductive biology and gain experience in an industry setting developing ground-breaking agricultural technologies.  Your discoveries will help to revolutionize the seed production industry by developing superior pollination systems for hybridization of crops with global impact.

 General Responsibilities

 Design and execute research protocols leading to new discoveries or the evolution and enhancement of current PowerPollen® scientific knowledge.

  • Develop protocols to advance PowerPollen® knowledge of plant reproductive physiology and pollen preservation technologies.
  • Leverage relevant scientific literature and recent technical advances in the field.
  • Prepare research reports using appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Publish scientific advancements and novel discoveries.
  • Provide insights lessons learned, enhancements, and solutions to PowerPollen®
  • Promote and follow safety protocols and require other team members to do the same.

People Leadership Responsibilities

  • May have accountability to supervise work efforts of others on the Biology Discovery Team or other internal collaborators assigned to support biology research.
  • May be involved in collaborations with other internal teams to advance related PowerPollen® technologies or gain insights applicable to assigned research efforts.

Laboratory & Field Responsibilities

 Lab based scientific efforts related to the PowerPollen® pollen management program(s).

  • Experiment planning, planting strategy and resource allocation for field activities.
  • Participate in establishing and conducting greenhouse and field trials including but not limited to planting, fertilization, pest management, and harvest.
  • Collaborate cross functionally within the Biology Discovery Team on complex projects synchronizing activities for best use of resources.
  • Assure detailed laboratory notebook recording of activities, data summaries, and reports and process modifications.



  • PhD in life sciences. MSc with additional industry experience will be considered.


  • Experience working in a start-up environment and genuine interest in working in a rapidly evolving and changing atmosphere including comfort working with assigned areas of responsibility as well as helping others in their areas of expertise as needed.
  • Research experience in plant physiology, cellular biology, or microbiology with molecular, metabolic, and/or biochemical expertise to complement PowerPollen® strong field-science base.
  • Demonstrated experience in lab and field experimental design.
  • Excellent writing skills with experience publishing research discoveries in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Experience with plant cell analytical methods such as flow cytometry, mass spec, single cell viability testing, and enzyme activity quantification.
  • Strong laboratory research orientation with some practical field research experience.
  • Awareness of metabolic, physiological, or structural factors impacting pollen development and pollen longevity.
  • Proficiency in statistics/graphing software for data analysis and presentation.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, problem-solve, prioritize assignments, and adjust priorities to meet goals in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a multi-disciplinary team or with external partners.
  • Skill in common agricultural practices, including management of field crops, and controlled environment facilities.
  • Mechanical aptitude for making instrument adjustments and identifying maintenance issues that require external support.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to train others and work with untrained personnel. Ability to communicate fluently in English (Spanish beneficial) in verbal and written form.
  • Previous experience overseeing teams, crews including employees and contracted labor.

Working Conditions

This position will work in varying conditions including typical laboratory settings to typical in-season agricultural environments.  This includes working in crop fields when weather conditions can be hot/humid with insects present. Long periods of standing/walking may be required.  The incumbent should be capable of working in a research environment that includes indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural conditions throughout the year.  Incumbent can expect to spend significant periods utilizing fine motor movement instruments (microscopes, instruments, etc.) as well as standard computing equipment (laptops, smartphones, etc.). Working some holidays and weekends may be required based on plant development and project demands.  Travel away from the Ames, IA research site (domestic and international) up to 30% time may be required to oversee and execute the year-round experimentation program.

All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Physical Requirements

The position involves physical activity including lifting objects up to 50 pounds, walking on uneven terrain, ability to tolerate heat and humidity typical of local field conditions, with extended hours that will vary with crop development in different locales.  Extended periods sitting and viewing computer screen monitors and standing at lab facilities.


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