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Associate Scientist
Greenhouse and Field Operations

About us

Traitology is a pioneering digital biology company, focused on developing value-added products through an integrated and efficient pipeline. We adopt a technology-agnostic philosophy, channeling our efforts into the discovery and rapid development of crop varieties. Our goal is to enhance yield and ensure these varieties are resilient against the challenges of climate change, as well as emerging pests and diseases. By harnessing the power of unique crop genetics, computational biology, and genome editing, we aim to accelerate the development of new products. These innovations are designed to boost field productivity and contribute to more sustainable agricultural practices.

Positions:  1

Hiring levels:  Associate Scientist I, II or III

LOCATION

Research Triangle Park, NC

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

Full-time

The Role

  • Associate Scientist, Greenhouse and Field Operations is a hands-on role for a highly organized, motivated, and results-oriented individual to join our rapidly growing team of Traitologists

  • We are looking for individuals with experience in growth, care, sample collection and data recording of soybean in the greenhouse and in the field. 

  • The successful candidate will work with a team of experts dedicated to creation and validation of novel traits in soy. If you have what it takes and are looking to grow your career in a fast-paced company, we’d love to hear from you.

  • This role reports to: VP of Research.

  • If you have what it takes and are looking to grow your career in a fast-paced company, we’d love to hear from you. 

  • This role reports to: VP of Research.

The Responsibility

  • Perform sowing, transplanting, irrigation, and fertilization of plants both in greenhouses and in the field.

  • Maintain plants throughout their growth cycle, including tracking, staking, tying, and trimming.

  • Conduct sampling, scoring, phenotyping, and harvesting of various plant tissues in accordance with specific scientific protocols.

  • Inventory, manage and prepare greenhouse supplies.

  • Scout for pests, including insects and diseases.

  • Adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at all times.

  • Operate a variety of greenhouse equipment and mechanical harvesters.

  • Uphold the highest scientific standards and maintain ethical integrity.

  • Present, report and communicate progress and results to stakeholders at various levels. 

  • Maintain detailed and organized records of project data.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to troubleshoot and develop optimized workflows.

  • Accountable for maintaining highest scientific standards and ethical integrity.

  • Responsible for upholding a positive image of Traitology at scientific meetings and other external engagements.

Qualifications 

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Plant Biology, Horticulture, or a related field.

  • Proven experience in plant growth and care within a research greenhouse/field environment.

  • Exceptional attention to detail and experience in data collection.

  • Possession of or an interest in acquiring an NCDA pesticide license.

  • Strong background in field studies of soybean or other row crops is preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; interact effectively with peers; and maintain a positive attitude with peers

  • Remain highly adaptable, flexible, and accommodating to the needs of a fast-paced, start-up company environment

  • Adaptability and enthusiasm for new challenges, curiosity, and a passion for learning

  • Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks, and the ability to recognize and learn from failure

  • A collaborative mindset that is open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback

Benefits that Matter

  • A fun, fast-paced and collaborative work environment with a flat org-structure

  • Highly competitive salary and bonus

  • Excellent medical and retirement/401K benefits

  • Employer contribution to Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Free Dental and Vision coverage for employees and their families

  • Flexible paid time off (FPTO) program and paid parental leave

  • Wellness benefits, company retreats, lunches and more.

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