Join the PowerPollen® team of global innovation leaders for pollination systems aligned on a mission to preserve & enhance global agricultural production, sustainability and profitability by enabling superior pollination systems.
This senior level Scientist position will be responsible for leading and advancing PowerPollen® proprietary and novel pollen preservation, management and utilization technology. The successful candidate will play a critical role in validating and scaling PowerPollen research theory to large field applications, executing and enabling company goal achievement through lab and field operations.
Our ideal candidate will be a senior-level scientist that is eager to grow professionally, scientifically and with an inquisitive mind capable of discerning patterns and trends through observation and analysis.
Primary Scientific Responsibilities:
- Design & execution of precise science plans leading to the development of new discoveries or the evolution, enhancement and progress of existing PowerPollen scientific knowledge.
- Identify & cultivate external collaboration opportunities to compliment, enhance or fill key gaps with PowerPollen’s internal scientific advancement.
- Develop protocols to advance PowerPollen knowledge of plant reproductive physiology and pollen preservation technology.
- Assure that data compilation, analysis, and generation of technical reports and methods are solidly in place and fully utilized to support development of commercial applications.
- Manage lab, growth chamber and field activities to develop and scale technologies for commercial deployment.
- Study and leverage relevant technical literature and recent scientific advances in the field.
- Contribute in the identification and implementation of new research avenues from external sources, own studies or contributions of team members.
- Provide insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals to PowerPollen leadership.
People Leadership Responsibilities
- Manage & lead research personnel in PowerPollen agricultural labs and field testing sites.
- Collaborate cross functionally and within the more immediate biology science team on complex projects synchronizing activities for best use of resources.
- Mentor & guide employees to encourage individual professional growth and growth as a team member contributing to the goals of the company.
- Participate in strategic planning, budgetary, safety, quality, and workforce issues for research employees.
- Establish, nurture and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
Laboratory & Field Responsibilities
- Manage & oversee lab based scientific efforts related to the PowerPollen pollen management program(s).
- Guide & oversee experiment planning, planting strategy and allocation for field activities.
- Maintain oversight in all aspects of establishment and maintenance of testing grounds; including but not limited to: pest management, fertilization, isolation and harvest of experiments.
- Promote & follow safety protocols and require other team members to do the same.
- Assure detailed laboratory notebook recording of activities, data summaries and reports and process modification
- Demonstrated capability with the development of plans (design & executional) for a scientific portfolio of initiatives created to support overall company strategic objectives.
- Advanced degree (prefer PhD) in life sciences and ~5 years of industry experience in a science related role. MSc with additional industry experience will be considered.
- Background or experience in plant physiology and microbiology with molecular, metabolic, and biochemical expertise required to complement PowerPollen’s strong field-science base.
- Prior work and knowledge of cellular biology.
- Experience performing advanced science, lab and field experimental design and publishing in scientific journals.
- Experience with plant cell analytical methods including flow cytometry, mass spec; single cell viability testing, and enzyme activity quantification.
- Familiarity with instrumental analysis.
- Strong lab science orientation with field science experience.
- Experience and understanding of plant metabolism and/or the inner-composition of pollen and pollen longevity.
- Experience working in a start-up environment or experience 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.
- 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.
- Attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and within a multi-disciplinary team and with external partners.
- Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate and reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
- Skill in common agricultural practices, including management of field crops, and controlled environment facilities. Mechanical aptitude for making adjustments and identification of issues that require external support.
- Able to build and maintain a network allowing for continued advancement and scaling of company capabilities.
- Driven, problem-solving attitude.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to train others and work with untrained personnel. Able to communicate fluently in English (Spanish beneficial) in verbal and written form.
- Track record of successfully overseeing teams, crews including employees, contracted labor and cross-functional teams.
Our Scientists, including this key role, work in varying conditions including typical laboratory settings and in-season agricultural environments. This includes working in crop fields when weather conditions can be extremely hot/humid and insects are present. Long periods of standing/walking may be required. The incumbent should be capable and interested in working in an 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, lights, etc.) as well as standard computing equipment (laptops, smartphones, etc.)
Willing to work some holidays and weekends based on project demands. Required travel approximately 30% (domestic and international) in order to successfully execute & oversee experimentation year-round.
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.
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).