Careers

  • Fermentation Scientist

    The Fermentation Scientist will develop and optimize fermentation processes for novel biological pest and disease control products that are identified from our microbe collection.  He or she will work with the screening team to identify and isolate bacteria and fungi with activity against target pests, develop upstream and downstream fermentation processes for economical production of these microbes at the lab scale, and assist with scale-up of production as needed for registration and field trials. Statistical design of experiments, data collection and analysis, and coordination with teams of scientists will be required.  He or she will also work with CROs to generate data packages for registrations of biological products and work with regulatory consultants to create registration submission packages.

    Requirements

    An advanced degree in fermentation microbiology, biochemical engineering or the equivalent is required. Work experience should include 5+ years at the PhD level, or 7+ years at the M.S. level, in a discovery research environment. Experience with interdisciplinary teams and with presenting complex data to diverse audiences is critical.

    An intense focus on both productivity and research quality is essential.  Team leadership, interpersonal and scientific communication skills, and a desire to achieve excellence in research are equally important.  Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of roles in a small company, a good sense of humor, and a wild enthusiasm for growing cool stuff in big tanks are also really necessary.

    AgBiome is a startup company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to early stage research and discovery for agriculture. We are exploring the crop microbiome to identify products that decrease risk and improve yield.  Apply via our website at www.agbiome.com, or email your CV and cover letter to jobs@agbiome.com

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  • Molecular Biologist/Biochemist

    AgBiome is harvesting the plant microbiome to discover traits and biologicals that benefit plant health.  So what is that “thing” in each of our active microbes that’s responsible for the plant-benefiting effects we’re discovering?  Is it a protein?  Which protein is it?  That’s where you come into the picture:  We are looking for a trustworthy genius to join our growing team of molecular biologists, biochemists, fungal pathologists, bioinformatics nerds, nematologists and entomologists to tackle these (and other) questions.  Essential skills that will help you succeed in this position include a few (3-5) years of hands-on experience with subcloning/vectoring, protein purification (affinity purification for sure, but native purification experience is a big bonus) and protein analysis.  Coomassie blue should be your favorite color, and nothing in life should bring you more joy than seeing a single fat band on a gel at the end of a purification. Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of roles in a small company and wild enthusiasm for doing new stuff is necessary too.  ​We are currently hiring for a number of positions, and we will consider candidates of various education and experience levels to best complement all the pieces in our expanding team.  In addition to your CV, please also submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and the relevance of your experience.

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  • Media Preparation and Glassware Maintenance

    We are looking for a unique individual to take on some of the most important tasks in the lab!  If you are reliable, curious and ready to really make an impact in agricultural biotech, you may be the person we are looking for.  You will be preparing media and solutions, washing dishes, and possibly helping with some tasks in the lab and greenhouse.   Of course, you will be doing all of this with a big smile and a great attitude!   We are a startup company, so there is plenty of room to learn new skills—the sky is the limit for you, but you will start at the ground level.

    Skills and Qualifications:  You should have experience making media, solutions, washing dishes and pouring Petri dishes, or a huge desire to start doing these things and a credible story to catch our interest.  Attention to detail is absolutely crucial, and overall enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills should be abundantly evident.  You will be part of a high-performance scientific team, so good communications skills are crucial (we know everyone says that, but we really mean it).  A high school diploma or college degree is required; understanding of basic chemistry and sterile technique would be a huge help.  You must have reasonable math skills and be comfortable working in a biology laboratory.

    Please include a brief explanation of why you are interested in this position.

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  • Experienced Entomologist

    Are you a highly experienced, enthusiastic entomologist who enjoys working with both insects and the people who love them? If so, come and help us change the world! Our mission is to identify and discover novel insecticidal proteins and biologicals to control major agricultural pests. Expertise in coordinating teams of scientists and an intense focus on pipeline productivity, research and assay quality are essential.  Team leadership, scientific and interpersonal communication skills, and a desire to achieve excellence in research are also critical.

    Required:

    *MS or PhD with 5+ years relevant experience in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology and Entomology
    *Ability to work well as part of a team and with scientists from a variety of disciplines, as well as industry partners
    *Proven technical knowledge and experience in developing insect bioassays (both in vitro and in planta), running “high throughput” screens, and evaluating T0s and field trials
    *Must be able to effectively design and deliver PowerPoint presentations and use MS Office applications
    *Outstanding communication and organization skills
    *Experience and willingness to work at the bench
    *Ability to optimize and guide the pipeline without losing focus on the end result
    *Experience summarizing and presenting complex data

    Preferred:

    *Insect rearing/insectary experience
    *Experience working with diverse insect species
    *Proficiency in experimental design and analysis of qualitative and quantitative assay output

    AgBiome is a startup company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to early stage research and discovery for agriculture.  This includes exploring the crop microbiome to identify products that reduce risk and improve yield.

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  • Microbiologist

    Job Description:

    We are looking for an exceptional scientist to join our team in the microbiology group at AgBiome. If you are curious, self-motivated, and ready to have a real impact in the agricultural biotech industry, you are the applicant we want. The microbiology team at AgBiome isolates and cultures diverse microorganisms from environmental samples, including soil and plant tissue, and uses these to feed our product pipeline. This is primarily a laboratory position, with some additional time spent on data management and analysis, with additional job responsibilities and opportunities to adapt based on qualifications and performance. We are a startup company, so flexibility and enthusiasm for learning new roles will be rewarded.

    Skills and Qualifications:

    This job requires laboratory training and experience with sterile technique and microbial culturing, attention to detail, a willingness to learn new skills, and a flexible, entrepreneurial attitude. As part of a small and fast-moving team, you must have excellent communication skills, initiative, and be a creative and independent thinker. Candidates must have a BS or MS degree in microbiology or a relevant related field, as well as 2+ years of relevant industry experience.  Knowledge of and experience with building and screening culture collections in an agricultural biotech or relevant industry would be a plus.  New graduates with the right attitude are encouraged to apply.  If you think plush microbe toys make great desk decorations and appreciate colleagues who do too, or if you can streak a plate blindfolded, you might be just who we are searching for.

    AgBiome is a startup company in Research Triangle Park, NC, committed to early stage research and discovery for agriculture.  This includes exploring the crop microbiome to identify products that reduce risk and improve yield.

    Apply