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About us

Traitology is an early stage, integrated, digital biology company with a streamlined pipeline for creation of value-added products. By embracing a philosophy that is technology-agnostic, we dedicate all our energy towards discovery and accelerated development of crop varieties to produce higher yields, to show resilience in the face of changing climate, emerging pests, and diseases.  We leverage unique crop genetics, computational biology and new breeding technologies like genome editing to scale new product development focused on improving productivity in the field and making agriculture more sustainable.

Positions:  Multiple

Hiring levels: Scientist/Associate Scientist-I, II or III


Research Triangle Park, NC



The Role

  • Scientist/Associate Scientist I, II or III, Trait Creation, is a hands-on, lab-based role for a highly organized, motivated, and results-oriented scientist to join our rapidly growing team of Traitologists

  • This is an opportunity for plant tissue culture experts and genome editors.

  • We are looking for individuals with experience in key row crops (soybean, corn, wheat) transformation, and a passion for new trait creation using genome editing tools.

  • The right candidate will bring an analytical mindset and the ability to optimize workflows rapid discovery, creation, and validation of traits. 

  • We are assembling a team of great minds to redefine the speed of innovation in agriculture and feed a hungry planet.  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: Director, Trait Creation

The Responsibility

  • Perform plant tissue transformation and regeneration in soybean

  • Generate and maintain high volume plant tissue culture material

  • Prepare plant tissue culture media to support novel trait creation programs

  • Analyze and validate trait generation using molecular technologies

  • Perform molecular cloning, including but not limited to construct purification, vector construction, nucleic acid preparation, sequencing, QC, and interpretation

  • Maintain detailed and organized records of your protocols and project data

  • Collaborate with team 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


  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.), or a Master's degree (M.S.) in plant biology, plant breeding, genetics, or related subject.

  • A doctoral degree or >10 years hands-on experience in the industry is preferred for the Scientist position.

  • At least 4 years of plant tissue culture experience in an academic or industry environment is required

  • Experience with aseptic techniques, microbiology, and chemistry

  • Experience with molecular biology software and ELN is preferredAn understanding of principles of microbiology and molecular biology

  • Excellent observational skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent planning, organization, and execution skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; interact effectively with peers

  • Remain highly adaptable, flexible, and maintain positive attitude

  • Proficiency with microscopy, software packages and electronic notebooks

  • High level of energy, self-motivation, ownership, and focused execution

  • Enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and problem-solving

  • Strategic thinking, willingness to take risks, and learning from failure

  • Experience with high-throughput lab automation is a plus

  • Excellent planning, organizational and execution is a critical skillset

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; interact effectively with peers

  • Enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and problem-solving

  • 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 benefits

  • Employer contribution to Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Free Dental and Vision coverage for individuals and families

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

  • Wellness benefits, company retreats, lunches and more.

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